We’ll take a break from the Hour of Prayer for a bit as we explore the topic of Family Prayers. As an expectant father, I’ve been a bit more aware of the challenge for family devotions. How important is it to have this practice as a family?
Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
Prayer is a pattern that parents can communicate to their children!
And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.
This is reiterated in Deuteronomy 4:9
Only take heed to thyself, and keep thy soul diligently, lest thou forget the things which thine eyes have seen, and lest they depart from thy heart all the days of thy life: but teach them thy sons, and thy sons’ sons;
There’s a Biblical mandate to instruct your children! And for our dispensationalists, let’s look at the New Testament!
And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.
We can bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord by teaching them how pray – and by demonstrating how to pray!