Praying together does not have to be only before bedtime or a meal, nor does it have to be long and drawn out. It can be at any moment, as simple as "Thank you, Lord, for this day."
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Having your children hear you pray can work wonders in their hearts. But many Father's are not confident in praying out load, especially not in front of their kids. One way to start to overcome this is to say little prayers.
A prayer doesn't have to be a certain length or have any fancy words. It can be as simple as "Today is a beautiful day, thank you, Lord".
Here are some ideas for these little prayers throughout your d
- If you see an ambulance or Care Flight helicopter, say, "My God, please be with those injured and their families."
- Prior to traveling with your family: "Lord, please keep us safe during our travels".
- After an achievement: "Thank you, Lord, for the wisdom, knowledge, and work ethic to achieve this goal!"
- During a time of struggle: "God, please give me the strength to get through this and the wisdom to make better decisions next time".
- When you wake up in the morning: "Lord, thank you for letting me live to see another day."
- If there is a big life change: "Lord, please grant me the wisdom to make the decision that will place peace in my heart and be beneficial for my family."
There is no wrong way to pray. Don't get caught up in the specific words, feel like it has to sound a certain way, or anything along those lines. Especially if you don't normally pray out loud, start small. It's learning a new skill. You can't expect to be running full speed the first day you stand up. Give yourself grace and keep it short. The Lord knows what's in your heart.
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Create a chain out of scraps of paper, write notes, thoughts, what you are thankful for, personal encouragement, what you love about your children, what you want to improve on as a father. Each day, make it part of your routine, sit down with your child, tear off the next chain in the link, and talk about what is written!