September 2009

Prayer on the Way to School

Back to school! This is a great time to start a new routine for family prayer while driving to school in the morning. Here are some ideas from a book on prayer called Prayer Coach:

Praying on the armor of God. In Ephesians 6, Paul describes how God's armor protects us. The armor includes the belt of truth, breastplate of righteousness, feet fitted with the gospel of peace, shield of faith, helmet of salvation, and the sword of the spirit. Choose one of these pieces to "pray on" for the entire family-for example when praying on the belt of truth, ask God "to give each of us the strength to resist all temptations to lie or to trick someone. Help us speak only words that are honest and encouraging to someone else today."

Another idea is to pray the fruit of the Spirit on the way to school. Galatians 5:22-23 says the fruit of the Spirit is love joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. (One way to help memorize these fruits is to know that the first three fruits are one syllable words, the second set of three fruits have two syllables, and the last set of three fruit have three syllables.) On the way to school, pray on a fruit for everyone in the family-for example patience might be prayed "Lord, I pray for patience today. Remind me how patient you are with me. Whatever comes my way that is going to frustrate me, please remind me that you are with me. Whoever comes into my path today and bugs me, fill me with your patient spirit towards them."

For more information about praying both individually and as a family, check out Prayer Coach by James Nicodem (Crossway Books: Wheaton, IL 2008).

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