If you’re looking for a tangible way to help your family pray together on a consistent basis in 2012, consider making a Kids Prayer Poster.
When I first became a Christian in my 20′s, I quickly realized I couldn’t possibly pray for everyone all the time. So while I knew there would always be spontaneous and continuous prayer in my life, I also knew I needed to get some sore of system going to make sure there was consistency in my prayer life, especially surrounding the people and causes I care for.
So I created categories I would pray for each day, week by week. Again, that didn’t mean that I couldn’t verge from or ad to my prayers, people and categories, but it simply gave me a nice template to structure my prayers around. Which made me think, why couldn’t I do something similar for my kiddos?
Since they don’t carry a planner or smart phone around yet (thankfully) and are more captivated by pictures than words, I though a prayer poster would be the best solution. Plus, I had also been trying to devise a way for them to remember extended family that we didn’t see very often, so this fit the bill perfectly!
Here are the step by step directions for our kids prayer poster (you’ll want to supervise, but make sure your kids do as much of this as possible so that they know it’s theirs!):
1. Take a plain old sheet of white poster board and turn it horizontal.
2. Have the kids write a title across the top and then skip a space and write the days of the week across under the title.
3. Under the days of the week, write the category of what/who you’ll be praying for that day.
4. Find and print pictures to represent those categories/people, so you have a visible reminder of who/what you’re praying for.
5. Display the prayer poster in a prime area and reference it during your designated family prayer time (before school, before bed, before nap, etc)
You can come up with your categories any way you see fit, but for a point of reference, here is what/who we pray for each day:
Sunday: Church (including pastors, missionaries, non-profit causes we support, etc)
Monday: Work (our jobs, co-workers, etc) & School (teachers, classmates, etc)
Tuesday: Our Family (this is just our nuclear family)
Wednesday: My husband’s extended family
Thursday: My extended family
Friday: Friends (including other couples, kids’ friends, etc)
Saturday: Our nation (and issues surrounding our government and culture)
Again, this is only a template, but it works for us. It’s also been fun to have the visible reminders and go down picture by picture to pray for individuals, especially extended family and long-distance friends.
Does your family do anything like this? What categories for prayer would you add that I missed?