Praying as a Family

Top Fourteen Ways to Pray as a Family

Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy
and find grace to help us in our time of need.
(Hebrews 4:16)

  1. Read a religious book together.
  2. Sing a song that everyone knows to praise God.
  3. Go to Mass together on Sundays and Holy Days.
  4. Have someone read their favorite Bible verse and talk about it.
  5. Listen to Christian music.
  6. Watch an inspirational video.
  7. Pray the Rosary together; even a decade of the Rosary.
  8. Go to Confession as a family.
  9. Take a walk, and play "I Spy", naming things you thank God for.
  10. Pray a prayer everyone knows, like the Our Father or Hail Mary.
  11. Keep a Bible in the car, and read some of it when going places as a family (school, trips, etc.)
  12. Take trips to Holy places.
  13. Have a family quiet time, where everyone prays or reads the Bible. Then, discuss.
  14. Attend special events that your church offers (retreats, parish missions, adoration).

Top Twelve Times to Pray as a Family

Pray constantly, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God
in Christ Jesus for you.
(1 Thes. 5:17,18)

  1. In the morning, to start the day off in the best way...
  2. At bedtime, thanking God for the neat stuff that happened, and asking for blessed dreams.
  3. At meals, thanking God for our food, and for the wonderful people who prepared it.
  4. When kids leave to go to school, parents could give them a blessing.
  5. When someone is hurt; either physically or emotionally.
  6. When a kid has a test the next day.
  7. When mom or dad has had a bad day.
  8. When someone in our family is sick, that Jesus will heal them soon.
  9. Before going to Mass, so we can pay attention and pray well.
  10. When we hear a siren from a police car or fire engine.
  11. Before driving somewhere, so that the angels will protect us.
  12. At any time (in the shower, doing chores, while doing the dishes, etc.).

By Mary Beth Chik and Paul Masek
The REAP Team