I admire people that can pray out loud with eloquence… I’m kind of terrible at it. I just can’t get past that it feels like public speaking, which makes me break out in hives, and I mean that literally. True story…once when I was speaking to a group of students, they stopped me because they were curious about the disgusting red splotches erupting on my face and neck.
As you can imagine, I appreciate any help I can get when it comes to praying out loud, which I value highly when it comes to my children. I found this prayer guide from a website that emails weekly family devotion ideas.
There are 31 verses, made into prayers for children. I printed and laminated two copies for each child’s bedroom. Before naps and bedtime, I choose a verse to pray over them. Easy, sweet and scripturally based. My hope is that they would learn to pray using God’s promises as I stumble through this guide.
Nap and bedtime usually follow the same rhythm, especially if I am flying solo. Once pajammies are on, Brooks lays on Emme’s floor while I sit with her in the rocker and sing and pray over her. Using her copy of the prayer book, I choose a verse for the day. Brooks listens in and usually says, “Make sure you pray that exact prayer for me when it’s my turn!”. I try my best! Yes, I suppose I could pray for them together, but I think it’s nice for them to get separate prayers.
Speaking of prayers…our family has a prayer jar. I’d been wanting to make a “prayer pail” after I saw them on Pinterest, but couldn’t seem to get a super cute pail, tongue depressors, etc… together. One day I just cut up some scrapbook paper I had laying around, threw them in a mason jar that used to hold spaghetti sauce and tied this quote around the top, “History Belongs to the Intercessors”. It’s from The Life You’ve Always Wanted, by John Ortberg. At meals, either just Brooks, or sometimes all of us, draw from the jar various requests that we pray through. Easy peasy.
Hope that you can use these ideas to pray over your babes!