Prayer does not always come easy for me. I tell you that first so that you can take a deep sigh of relief. Prayer is a discipline that I have to work through. Some seasons I am more diligent than others. There are times when it is a priority, and there are times when it is not. In his book, Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God, Timothy Keller writes, "Prayer—though it is often draining, even an agony—is in the long-term the greatest source of power that is possible.” I know this to be true from personal experience, as you probably do, too. That is why it is important for me to make it a part of my family's daily routine and to teach my children to do the same.
What I share with you today are not ideas that I do with my family every day. Prayer in my home is not picture perfect with everyone sitting still, eyes closed and heads bowed reverently reflecting on Jesus. It's often chaotic, interrupted, and sporadic. However, we pray regardless.
Here are seven ways I add prayer into our family routine. Some of them will work for your family, and some will not. But I hope that these ideas give you a fresh perspective.
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