Sunday, March 9, 2014

Lenten Prayers

During this season of Lent, I will be posting a variety of ways to pray together as a family or household that may be new to you.  This first activity is a way for you to help your child learn some new prayers and is great for a family who is on-the-go and finds it difficult to find time to pray together.  You can find the activity in printable form at vibrantfaithathome.org

To begin, determine what prayer(s) you would like to teach your children during Lent.  I've included some options below.  Print it off from a computer or write it on a piece of paper.  Then, cut the paper to a size that will fit on the frame of your kid's bed.

At bedtime, sit together and pray the prayer you have chosen every night.  Rather than seeing repetition as something that stifles prayer, see it as a way to teach your child to pray, instilling in them the habit of ending each day talking to God.

Another idea for this activity is to teach your children Scripture using this same method.  If you have a favorite Bible verse or one that is meaningful that you'd like your child to learn, print it out and tape it where you'll see and can repeat it every day.

Here are some possible prayers:

The Lord's Prayer- use the version your church home says in worship

Daily Lenten Prayer-
God, our Father, I offer you today
all I do and all I say.
I offer it with what was done
on earth by Jesus Christ, your Son.  Amen.

Serenity Prayer-
God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; the courage to change the things I can; and the wisdom to know the difference.  Amen.

The Doxology-
Praise God from whom all blessings flow.  
Praise him, all creatures here below.  
Praise him above, ye heavenly host: 
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.  Amen.

The Prayer of St. Francis-
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.  
Where there is hatred, let me sow love.  
Where there is injury, pardon;
Whre there is error, truth;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
And where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
To be consoled as to console;
To be understood as to understand;
To be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.  Amen.


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