5 Tips for Praying with Your Kids

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God” (Philippians 4:6)

It is an awesome privilege we have, that the God of the universe sits in his heavenly throne like it’s an armchair and invites us as children to sit on his lap and talk to him. But a life of prayer doesn’t really come naturally, does it? We have to learn how to make prayer a part of daily life.

One of the best ways for a child to develop of a life of prayer is to be led by mom and dad. Did you know, though, that more than 85% of Christian teens do not experience regular prayer with their parents? Would you like to be part of the revolution to change that statistic? Here are five tips to help you lead your children in developing lives of prayer:

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A Prayer for New Years

I can’t claim credit for this prayer. It was posted by Andrew Peterson on his Rabbit Room blog. And he can’t claim credit for it either, since it was from a prayer book written by John Baillie. And John Baillie can’t claim sole credit for it, as it springs from a Holy Spirit-inspired faith. So there you have it. I hope that as you use this prayer it blesses you with peace and conviction for the New Year.

Eternal Father of my soul, let my first thought be of you, let my first impulse be to worship you, let my first speech be your name, let my first action be to kneel before you in prayer.

For your perfect wisdom and perfect goodness;
For the love wherewith you love mankind;
For the love wherewith you love me;
For the great and mysterious opportunity of my life;
For the indwelling of your Spirit in my heart;
For the sevenfold gifts of your Spirit;
I praise and worship you.

Yet let me not, when this prayer is said, think my worship ended and spend this year in forgetfulness of you. Rather from these moments of quietness let light go forth, and joy, and power, that will remain with me through all the days of the year,

Keeping me chaste in thought;
Keeping me temperate and truthful in speech;
Keeping me faithful and diligent in my work;
Keeping me humble in my estimation of myself;
Keeping me honorable and generous in my dealings with others;
Keeping me loyal to every hallowed memory of the past;
Keeping me mindful of my eternal destiny as a child of yours.

O God, who have been the refuge of my fathers through many generations, be my refuge this year in every time and circumstance of need. Be my guide through all that is dark and doubtful. Be my guard against all that threatens my spirit’s welfare. Be my strength in time of testing. Gladden my heart with your peace, through Jesus Christ my Lord.

Amen.

To see the original post from Andrew Peterson, click here.

A Paper About Prayer

This summer I had the privilege of taking a course through Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary called The Principles and Practice of Prayer, taught by Prof. John Brug. Excellent course. Lots of work, but it included good discussions and I feel I learned a lot about prayer. Which seems weird to think about when I say that, because shouldn’t prayer be simple? Yet we, in our foolish sinfulness, tend to complicate what God has made so simple.

As part of the course we were asked to write a paper, either on one of the topics the professor lined out or on our own topic. Of course, I’m always one to strike out on my own, so I came up with my own topic. And have been regretting it for the last few weeks. I probably bit off more than I could chew. But as of tonight it is done!

I post this paper here for your reading pleasure, in the hopes that you might find it of benefit. I’ll make two warnings: 1) it is a bit academic, since it was written for a master’s level course, but it really isn’t too dense, and 2) it hasn’t been graded yet, so it is of “untested quality.”

So, the paper: A Father Leads His Family In Prayer – Brandon Steenbock