Promoting Family Prayer


Promoting Family Prayer

I thought I’d share with you a project that I finally finished yesterday after having the idea at a Hearts at Home conference last fall. I was browsing some sales booths and happened upon one that gave all kinds of ideas about praying for the members of your family. On the way home, my friend Janee and I decided we would try to go home and make some of the ideas ourselves. (Actually, I combined two ideas I saw and added a new twist.)Being severely craft-challenged and allergic to glue guns, I was not sure if my good intentions would come to fruition. However, yesterday afternoon, I actually completed my project.

Here is the concept. I bought a ceramic tray, votive holders, rub on letters, some tea light candles and a bag of smooth stones. I transfered the names of each member of our family onto the votive holders. Then I wrote the names of our family members on several rocks-about two or three rocks for each person. When anyone in our family wants to let someone else know that they are praying for them that day, they light their candle. Then, to remind them to pray, they take a stone with that person’s name on it and place it in their pocket. Throughout the day, whenever they feel the stone, they are reminded to pray. If you see that your candle has been lit, you blow it out. (Didn’t want this creative family activity to cause a house fire!!)

A simple idea and concept, but I am hoping it will draw us closer as a family.




  1. Wow, that is such a great (and creative!!) idea, Karen! Thank you so much for sharing that! I am wondering how I can make that adaptable to a family with a 3 year old…No one in the family would think anyone is praying for them b/c the candles would be constantly extinguished! LOL

  2. What an awesome idea! I would love to try that when we get a home. We’re in a camper trailer right now, with very little room!

    Thanks for sharing!

  3. Karen, I came to your blog after reading the devotional you contributed for todays Proverbs 31 Ministries. I love the idea above and plan to implement in my household.

    Thank you for the devotional today. It really spoke to my heart.

    Blessings abundant!


  4. Hey– I love this!! Very cool nd what a great way to remind us to pray for each other within our families.
    I plugged your book on my blog today, so please write a post and include a photo of the cover with a link to where they can order it!!

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