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Prayer is important in our lives and something we want to encourage in our children. But how do we teach it to them without feeling like we're checking off a box in our busy schedule?
We might picture a beautiful and peaceful scene, filled with the Holy Spirit, where our family is gathered holding hands to pray together at the end of each day, giving thanks and praise for God’s goodness. But what if our reality includes tired kiddos who are melting down because brother isn’t sharing with sister? Or preteens who are less excited than we are with the idea of gathering in the first place?
Fr. Paul and Monika addressed some of these very challenges in the recent Parent Seminar on creating a habit of prayer in our families. They shared their experiences in helping their own children grow in a life of prayer. They reminded attendees that there is no single solution for all families, but they gave some practical places to begin experimenting.
If you feel overwhelmed and unsure of where to begin with family prayer, start a habit of prayer yourself. Ask for His guidance and begin with small steps. Invite your family to join, even the youngest members, and be consistent.
It won’t be perfect and it isn’t supposed to be…but it will help your children learn to speak to Jesus and strengthen their relationships with Him.
Angela RotelloDirector of Children's Ministry
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