Lots of great comments on mealtime prayers. It is great to hear how families develop creative ideas to show their devotion to God. We’ve found prayers to be the common thread in our busy lives that keep us close, focused, and in sync with God.
A bit less common than mealtime prayers are bedtime prayers, but still common in many families. We pray every night before retiring to bed. It is a tradition we are extremely loyal to, and here’s why.
We will gather on our couches and chairs, start with Dad, move to Cynthia through all the children, and end with Mom. Even the youngest child, Zech, prays. No one knows what he says, but he does mumble something in prayer, and we trust the Lord understands. After Mom says the last petition, we chant a blessing:
“God bless Mommy, Daddy, Alicia, Alissa, Cynthia, Lydia, Isaiah, Micah, Noah, Tabitha, Keilah, Hannah, Josiah, Havilah, Joshua, Priscilla, Zechariah, Elijah, Isaak and Forest.”
We then kiss one another and head off to bed. The teenagers usually stick around and converse with the parents and each other for a while longer. We value the winding down of the day, the blessed unity in our family, and the refreshing reminder that God is the foundational Lord in our lives.
Do you prayer nightly? If not, we strongly recommend you starting. Let us know how it goes!