Coach Mom Newsletter - Apr 2010
Organize a Family Prayer Time
Do you wish your family were closer?
Do you feel that today’s society makes it
difficult to keep the focus on God? Do
you want to know about your children’s
deepest concerns? Do you want to see
God’s hand at work in situations and
people that are dear to you? Do you want
to make an eternal difference?
Organize a family prayer time.
I know ... you may be thinking,
there. Not so fast.
wouldn’t know how to do it.
haven't been called to the ministry or trained
in these things.
never even prayed aloud.
Now, don’t get all stressed out about
this or feel guilty if you’ve never done it.
We recently implemented a regular family
prayer time in our home, and you can, too.
It's worth it!
We have been blessed in more ways than we
Here’s the scoop on family prayer time:
Who? All your family, gathered in one
What? To pray together for 5 minutes.
When? At a time that works best for your
family to gather on a consistent basis.
Where? A specific location in your home.
How? There is no right or wrong way to
do it. Just bow your heads and talk to God
like you would talk to a friend*.
Why? It will probably be the most
power-packed 5 minutes of your week.
The end of the day,
start of the day, or mealtime
are often good times to adopt for
family prayer time, as they are less likely
to be interrupted.
person to share a request, and let another
family member volunteer to say a 1-2
sentence prayer for that request. Repeat
until all have shared.
often you would like to meet, and put it on
Read a Bible
verse on prayer before sharing requests and
family member also share a highlight from
their day before their prayer request.
members write their requests on cards and
put them in a basket. Then everyone draw out
a request to pray for, or ease into it by
one person praying for all the requests.
volunteer to keep a journal of the requests
in order to keep track, and thank God for
Be ready to pray about anything. My
nine-year-old has the cutest requests of the
family. Last week he asked that we pray for
the census. The week before that he
requested we pray for recycling. And we
did...together with a smile.
*Note: For more on starting a personal
relationship with Christ, please see
and click on the link labeled “The Good
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"All that I am or hope to be I owe to my
angel mother. I remember my mother's
prayers and they have always followed me.
They have clung to me all my life."
- Abraham Lincoln
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Ask Coach Mom
I heard you speak at a
recent MOPS meeting, and you talked about
praying for your kids each night as you tuck
them into bed. I think it’s a great idea,
but I have never prayed in front of anyone
before. I think it will be easier with my
younger children, but I feel awkward about
forging this new prayer time with my sixth
grader. His attitude has been poor, and he
just hasn’t seemed to like much of anything
I’ve done lately.
Push past your
self-consciousness by focusing on the love
you have for your children and your desire
to bless them. This is worth doing. It
brings bonding and blessing.
You might begin by
something like, “I know we haven’t done this
before, but I heard an idea from another mom
that I wish we had been doing for
years. I’m sorry I have missed opportunities
to pray out loud for you in the past, and I
want to change that.”
Then just talk to God
about your child in front of him. Thank him
that you get to be his mom, thank Him for
ways He has gifted your son, and pray for
God to help him get through whatever he’s
going through right now. Back scratches
during prayers and hugs after makes it even
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