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Family Prayer

Prayer is how you communicate with God. Through prayer you can express your gratitude, your fears, your heartfelt desires, and your hopes for others.

We often pray for those closest to us; we want God to watch out for our loved ones. God is mindful of you and your family, and He hopes you approach Him as a family in prayer. Praying as a family brings you closer to God, closer together, and closer to the happiness God wants you to have.

Why pray?

The world needs prayer

The world can be a tough place to live in. The Apostle Paul warned Timothy of that fact: “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy . . . traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God” (2 Timothy 3:1–2, 4). But Paul also counseled that faithful people will be “rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing . . .  in prayer” (Romans 12:12). If you think about it, the act of kneeling before God and bowing your head in prayer is the opposite of Paul’s warning words of being “heady” or “highminded.” Gathering your family in prayer defies the descriptions of being “lovers of their own selves” and “disobedient to parents.” Having family prayer is one way to show that the world can be a better place.

Homes need prayer

How would you want to describe your home? It’s probably not with words like isolation, selfishness, or anger. Praying as a family helps you develop a sense of unity. When family members pray regularly together, they start to think more about each other—and of the people around them. Prayer can demonstrate character, integrity, and personal faith and reflects your family values. Desiring that all people might receive the blessings that come from family prayer, Jesus taught, “Pray in your families unto the Father, always in my name, that your [spouses] and your children may be blessed” (3 Nephi 18:21).

You need prayer

The scriptures share countless stories about prayer and the results of those prayers. From the beginning, God’s children did “call upon the name of the Lord” (Genesis 4:26) and prophets like Isaiah reminded all people to “seek ye the Lord” (Isaiah 55:6)—because God does not limit prayer to His prophets or to the educated. The Bible demonstrates that no one is too young, too old, too busy, or too insignificant to pray. As a young man, Daniel was forbidden to pray by law, but he did it anyway—and God blessed him for it (see Daniel 6). Similarly, God will bless your family as you humbly seek him together.

The power of prayer

Prayer strengthens your family

When you kneel with your family to pray, you are doing more than speaking to God. You are demonstrating faith. You are serving God through your prayers (see Luke 2:37). Praying as a family fortifies your love as you pray for each other. Your family prayers can bless your children, and their children, for generations to come.

Prayer brings blessings and peace to your home

God “is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him” (Hebrews 11:6). Your Heavenly Father wants to give your family answers; He wants to fulfill your righteous desires. You are promised, “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you” (Matthew 7:7). But prayer brings more than answers from God. When you pray as a family, the Holy Spirit can bring feelings of comfort and a spirit of love to your home. Prayer can ease family tensions. Prayer helps bring lasting happiness to your family. Family prayer can help you to be more patient, more kind, more forgiving, more humble.

Prayer blesses society

When your family prays together, also remember the needs of others. Help your family members realize that there are people around you who are sad or poor or in need of help. Be mindful of people in authority who carry heavy responsibilities, and pray for them. Through prayer, your family can turn attitudes outward, increase your desire to serve, and develop a love for others above self. Daily prayer reinforces family values, and as a family you can help change the very fiber of society. 

Daily prayer with your family

Pray to counsel with God

In the Book of Mormon, a book of scripture that is comparable to the Bible, a prophet of God explained why—and when—you should pray. “Counsel with the Lord in all thy doings, and he will direct thee for good; yea, when thou liest down at night lie down unto the Lord, that he may watch over you in your sleep; and when thou risest in the morning let thy heart be full of thanks unto God; and if ye do these things, ye shall be lifted up at the last day” (Alma 37:37). 

Pray often

God wants you to “cry unto him in your houses, yea, over all your household, both morning, mid-day, and evening” (Alma 34:21). He wants you to pray unto him for strength against the devil, pray that ye may prosper, pray for your welfare (see Alma 34:22–26) and for the welfare of those around you. In short, “Let your hearts be full, drawn out in prayer unto him continually” (see Alma 34:27).

Pray together

You can pray for all of these things as you kneel together in family prayer. Find times you can routinely pray together—before breakfast, right after dinner, or before you go to bed. Make it a priority, and put it first in your schedule. When you can’t all be together for a prayer, say a prayer with those you have, and then have another later with those who are able. When you and your family pray to God “with all the energy of heart” (Moroni 7:48), you can be filled with His love and your family can receive strength to withstand the trials and challenges that too often tear today’s families apart.

The scriptures are full of prayers, including accounts of families praying together. Read about them yourself. Request a free Bible or Book of Mormon

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