Why should we pray with our family members in the morning? Are there morning prayers for family and friends that we can apply to our daily lives? We all have those special people in our lives that we want to show appreciation, and praying for them is one of the most powerful ways to show them love. Our kids, spouses, mothers, fathers, grandparents, uncles, aunts, friends, and whomever else fits in your family unit can receive one of the greatest gifts you can give in the form of prayer.
Let’s answer the why first. Why should we pray with our families in the morning? Because it starts our days off with committing and acknowledging what should come first, and that’s Christ. By starting our mornings off with prayer and seeking God’s presence we are teaching our children where our priorities lie. Prayer is an important thing that we should be adding to our lives daily.
So, now the question is, what type of morning prayer routine should we follow?
In Jesus’ name, may the Holy Spirit guide us as we explore this important topic.
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How Should We Pray as a Family?
There is no right or wrong way to talk to God. As we model to our children what prayer should look like, we should model a routine that points them to daily communication with their creator.
Establish the importance of prayer in your family. This does not mean that you are going to pray perfectly, or even remember every single day. It simply means that you prioritize it and show those who are inside your walls that it is something of importance and priority.
An excellent resource on prayer for kids is called “What Every Child Should Know about Prayer,” by Nancy Guthrie.
But how should we pray as a family? The nice thing about family prayer is that it is really up to you! Learn what works for your family culture and implement a routine. It does not have to be perfect, and if you get out of the routine, then just pick it back up!
Why Should I Pray with My Family in the Morning?
Besides the consistency aspect and the ability to establish the importance of prayer in your family, is there any biblical basis for establishing morning prayers for the family?
Morning prayer can lead to a variety of other routines like family faith talks, family devotionals, or family worship time. All of which are good practices to establish in your family dynamics.
The Bible often speaks to the significance of starting the morning with praise or prayer.
There is not necessarily a right path to follow when it comes to prayer, but a great example to follow is Jesus himself who often rose in the morning to spend time with his heavenly Father.
And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed.Mark 1:35 ESV
Let me hear in the morning of your steadfast love,Psalm 143:8 ESV
for in you I trust.
Make me know the way I should go,
for to you I lift up my soul.
“This, then, is how you should pray:
“‘Our Father in heaven,Matthew 6:9-13 ESV
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.
Pray with your family in the morning because it is a good practice and models fruitful biblical behaviors.
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5 Short & Powerful Morning Prayers for Family
Here are some short and powerful examples of morning prayers for families. Your unconditional love for your children, family members, and friends should spur you to pray deeper are harder. These morning prayers for the family are simply a guide to start and a great way to center your whole day.
These simple morning prayers will bless your family today!
Prayer for Strengthened Relationship
Our relationships with our family and friends tend to be the most important relationship this side of eternity. We should put much focus on
Lord God, this morning I wake up and come to you with the relationship of my family and friends. Strengthen our relationship and guide us as we offer help and support to one another. Help us communicate well, serve you together, and worship your faithful name. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Strengthen the feeble hands,Isaiah 35:3 ESV
steady the knees that give way;
Prayer for Finances
We all know how stressful our finances can be. It’s one of the major stresses of life. As I type this my family is going through the biggest financial crisis of our lives and I’m finding it hard to find rest and peace in God’s provision. Yet he promises that our needs will be met and that is a promise that I cling to.
O God, you are our Jehovah Jireh- our Provider. We acknowledge that our finances may fluctuate, but your soverignty rests sequre. This morning I pray for my own finances, but also that of my family and firends. Guide us in making wise fiancial decision with your peace.
And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.Philippians 4:19 ESV
A Prayer for Rest
I love this daily prayer because it reminds me of how much I need the rest that Jesus offers. Our family needs rest as well. They not only need physical rest, but spiritual, and emotional rest as well. Use this short prayer to remind you of how important rest is. This is also a great prayer for the end of the day.
Dear Lord, thank you for allowing us all to rest and thank you that we all woke up this morning refreshed and ready to glorify you. As a family, we put our trust in you and ask for your will to be done in our lives. We ask for your sovereign hand of guidance in our direction today. In the name of Jesus, Amen.
In peace I will both lie down and sleep;Psalm 4:8 ESV
for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.
Prayer for Joy
We need the joy of Jesus every day of our life. In fact, our joy should come from him instead of external situations. When our joy is so firmly planted in Jesus we will find that our lives will in many ways remain unshaken.
Thank you dear God for sustaining our entire family throughout the night. You are truly a wonderful and great God. Thank you for this day and teach us to choose your way today instead of ours. Thank you that yesterday is gone and today is a new day filled with your mercies. May we find our joy in you instead of this temporary world. Thank you for this day almighty God. Amen.
The Lord is my strength and my shield;Psalm 28:7 ESV
my heart trusts in him, and he helps me.
My heart leaps for joy,
and with my song I praise him.
Prayer for Love
This short morning prayer tends to be the one I lean toward the most. Acknowledging the gospel of Jesus and the unconditional love he has for me and all the members of my family helps to set my mind at ease and any anxiety that may be at bay.
Father God, I consistently need God’s guidance in loving my family well and in a biblical manner. Remind me this week what true love looks like. Maybe I serve my family with a godly love. May they know the peace and love that only comes from you. May you extend God’s grace and mercy toward them and me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
But let all who take refuge in you rejoice;
let them ever sing for joy,
and spread your protection over them,
that those who love your name may exult in you.
Powerful Morning Prayer Points
I know some of us prefer guides rather than rote prayers so here are 10 simple prayer points to help guide your morning prayers for family. These can be used while you are praying with your family or by yourself.
- Prayer for each member of your family
- Ask God to go with your family
- Ask for God’s peace to surround certain members of the family
- Dedicate your family to serving the Lord
- Pray for unity and good relationships within your family
- Pray for good health in your family
- Pray for God to meet your financial needs
- Pray for each of the children
- Pray for each of the parents
- Pray for specific difficult times that are happening within your family
Morning Prayer Bible Verses
Remember that your morning prayer routine is different than your family devotional or worship time. However, prayer time and your Bible time should be connected in some way. Opening your Bible and prayer is a powerful practice and routine.
Morning prayer should and can be incorporated into either of those family experiences, but morning prayers for the family can also work independently from any organized time.
Prayer in the morning before work or school can be short and simple. However, adding some morning scriptures never hurts!
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.Psalm 19:14 ESV
But I will sing of your strength; I will sing aloud of your steadfast love in the morning. For you have been to me a fortress and a refuge in the day of my distress.Psalm 59:16 ESV
Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.Philippians 4:11-13 ESV
O Lord, in the morning you hear my voice;Psalm 5:3 ESV
in the morning I prepare a sacrifice for you and watch.Psalm 5:3 ESV
You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.Jeremiah 29:13 ESV
Morning Prayers of Thanksgiving and Praise
An excellent aspect to add to morning prayers for the family is thanksgiving and praise! Practicing intentional gratitude in your family is a beautiful way to set your children on a trajectory of understanding their unique blessings.
There are many ways to express gratitude as a family. Simply saying what you are grateful for is the simplest way, but there are also routines like thanksgiving prayer journals or these gratitude note cards that can be a fun edition.
I personally like the gratitude note cards because they can be set out and used in a variety of ways. They are also easy to store and look back at when perhaps life becomes a bit tougher. Children also love coloring them! These are free, no sign-up is required, just hit the button.
Praying for your Family in the Morning
Do you pray with your family in the morning? It’s never too early or too late to start. And once you get going it’s never ineffective to start again if you drop the ball. Consider starting today and adding morning prayers to your family’s or your own routine.
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