How Do You Pray?
Daily Prayer Routines
Life makes many demands on today’s families, and lives are often full and hectic. Finding the time for prayer can seem difficult - especially if you aren’t sure where to begin or how to pray as a family.
Make a Plan
John Piper, in his book Desiring God, says that a main hindrance to prayer is our lack of planning:
"If you want to take a four-week vacation, you don't just get up one summer morning and say, 'Hey, let's go today!' You won't have anything ready. You won't know where to go. Nothing has been planned."
Take the time to create a plan for your own personal prayer life. It doesn’t have to be rigidly followed, but can serve as a grounding reminder -- a thriving, regular, consistent time of worship of and communion with God in prayer.
Tools to Help
We have developed four tools to help you get started developing your personal prayer routine...
1. Prayer Plan Worksheet
This free downloadable worksheet can help walk you through the steps to creating your first prayer plan. In it you will find:
- questions to help you think about your daily schedule
- suggestions and examples that have worked for others, and
- tips for expanding your personal prayer routine into a family routine
Download it today and get started identifying the where, when, and how of your personal prayer plan.
We're adding a regular series to our blog called How Do You Pray? In it we will feature the daily prayer routines of people of a variety of ages, households, work situations, schedules, and faith backgrounds. Take a look at these prayer routines to get new ideas or encounter something that might work for you.
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If you're looking for new ideas or resources to add to your prayer routine, check out our Prayer Resource Guide. Whether your prayer is formal or informal, verbal or nonverbal, active or contemplative, the suggestions in this Resource Guide will renew your prayer life by establishing and deepening your relationship with Jesus Christ and His Holy Church.
The Resource Guide is broken down by resource level (Emerging, Moderate, Strong/High, and Family) and by resource type (Print, Audio, Video, Web). The cost of the resources vary, but many are free!
Take our Burning Hearts Survey and one of our Disciples will help you idenitfy the resources best for your level and learning style.. After taking the survey, we'll send you this sample page from the Prayer Resource Guide at no charge!
After listening to your needs and your goals, we pair you with a 1 to 1 Disciple who helps you develop your customized 1 to 1 Plan. Your Disciple provides you tools, resources, and support to help you develop a prayer routine that works for you.
When you subscribe, your 1 to 1 Disciple commits to work with you for 1 year. Once a month, your Disciple follows up to see how things are going, answer questions, and help you assess if you need to make changes to your prayer routine.
Because your 1 to 1 Plan is personalized to your schedule, you decide the timeline. If you have a half hour commute to work, we’ll suggest resources and tools that will help you make the most of your drive time. Have 5 minutes to drink coffee and praybefore the kids get up in the morning? Your Disciple can provide resources that will teach you how to read and pray Scripture using those 5 minutes.