One of the highlights of the day for our family occurs right before our littlest one goes to bed. That’s when we all stop what we’re doing and gather in her room to end the day with a family devotional. We all crawl up on her bed together and listen to my husband read the Bible out loud. We work on memorizing Scriptures as a family. We talk about how we can apply what we’ve read in our own lives, and usually this gives us a little glimpse into the minds and hearts of our kiddos. Then we join hands in prayer. I love this time of sharing and growing together at the end of the day.
Some nights, our schedule doesn’t allow us to spend as much time on reading and memorization, but the one thing we try not to miss is the time spent in prayer together.
Listening to your children pray can be enlightening. Praying with your family strengthens bonds in a way nothing else can. (You’ve heard the old saying, “The family that prays together stays together.” I think there must be some truth in that!)
Our two-and-a-half-year-old daughter has really gotten into these prayer times together. She loves to have her turn to pray out loud, and has thanked God for some very interesting things, such as:
~the mail we get
~”little raccoons, but not in our house”
~helping us read
~”letting us eat free at restaurants” (???)
~”napkins, but not in our mouths”
~and even Captain Kirk!
(And I’ve lost count of how many times she’s asked God to “please help us all be miserable.”)
While she squeezes her eyes tightly and rambles on and on (and on and on and on) about all the things she’s thankful for, I am reminded to be grateful…and to take note of the simple things in life…and to give God credit for each one.
Are you praying with your family? Today would be a great day to start!