“For where two or three are gathered together in My name, there am I in the midst of them” (Matthew 18:20 KJV). Then we can start praying. It sounds good but when you’re at home, do you know how to experience unity in family prayer?
When my son injured himself in a skateboarding accident, my two-year-old granddaughter laid her hands on his knee and bowed her head. She didn’t say a word but we knew what she was doing. Everyone in the room bowed in silent agreement. How is it that she unified the family to pray?
She stepped up with a sincere heart. She wanted God to take away her uncle’s pain and her parents had taught her to pray. If our children do not teach our grandchildren to pray, we can ask for permission to introduce it.
As grandparents, we can also bolster our grandkid’s frequency of prayer. We can include them whenever appropriate and even follow their lead. We can ask them to help pray about family illnesses, safety in travel, or the health of a pet. When they sleepover, we can help them give thanks for their parents and siblings.
Unity in family prayer is binding
When we pray as a family, we can keep a list of requests and record their answers as they come. We can ask one of our grandchildren to be the scribe or have them take turns. This will help to encourage the keeping of a personal prayer list, which may become a lifelong habit.
Our grandkids may surprise us. They may ask for sunshine to go to the park, for a specific gift to come their way or for new friends at school. Whatever the topic, we can show how much we support them, by supporting their prayers.
Finally, entire family discussions, focused on prayer needs, can strengthen bonds and improve relationships. They can bring perspective and often add to family memories. We can miss out when we keep prayer in the church-only setting. Where two or three are gathered, in the living room, we can model how to experience unity in family prayer for generations to come.