The Importance of Family Prayer
God made us a family.
We need one another.
We love one another.
We forgive one another.
We work together.
We play together.
We worship together.
Together we use God's word.
Together we grow in Christ.
Together we love all people.
Together we serve our God.
Together we hope for heaven.
These are our hopes and ideals.
Help us to attain them,
O God, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Why bother praying as a family?
There are lots of reasons why you should pray as a family; for starters, it’s in the family that we first learn how to pray. Just as parents get their little ones into the habit of brushing their teeth twice a day, saying please and thank you, and putting their toys away, they need to get their children into the habit of praying.
Children learn by watching and when they witness mom and dad praying as a family they’re benefiting in the following ways:
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” (Philippians 4:6)
“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5)
Passing the torch
Your great-grandmother’s engagement ring, the “good” silver, holiday traditions, and the family’s blue-ribbon-winning apple pie recipe are just some of the things that may have been passed down for the last few generations in your family.
You cherish these mementos and memories for the way they make you feel connected to your family. What about the gift of praying? Teaching your children to pray is a priceless treasure that will give them so much more than any piece of silver ever could.
After nourishing your children’s spirituality through daily family prayer, once they’re grown and out on their own, they too, like Abraham Lincoln will be able to say,
“I remember my mother's prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life.” - Abraham Lincoln
The following is an example of wonderful prayers dedicated to family that you can say together:
Prayer for a Family
O dear Jesus,
I humbly implore You to grant Your special graces to our family.
May our home be the shrine of peace, purity, love, labor and faith.
I beg You, dear Jesus, to protect and bless all of us, absent and present, living
loving Mother of Jesus,
and our Mother,
pray to Jesus for our family,
for all the families of the world,
to guard the cradle of the newborn,
the schools of the young and their vocations.
Blessed Saint Joseph,
holy guardian of Jesus and Mary,
assist us by your prayers
in all the necessities of life.
Ask of Jesus that special grace
which He granted to you,
to watch over our home
at the pillow of the sick and the dying,
so that with Mary and with you,
heaven may find our family unbroken
in the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
We think these items are strong influences in strengthening your prayer habits.
How to Pray the Rosary Pamphlet
Pray For Me Laminated Prayer Cards
Dark Cherry Wood Standing Crucifix
Men's St. Benedict Black Wood Rosary
Does your family connect through prayer?
Does your daily routine include praying as a family?
Are you interested in sharing the value of praying with your children?