Most of you know I didn't grow up going to church but became a Christian as a young adult. Not having faith practices as a part of my home life I had to learn from those around me at church. When a family can't fulfill baptismal promises that is when grandparents or other faithful adults from the faith community can step in. I learned about prayer as a young adult from adults not much older than me at the time who had loved Jesus and knew Jesus their whole lives. Prayer wasn't this sanctimonious ritual with big fancy words. Prayer was a part of who they were as disciples in every way. They talked to God in simple words. Sometimes angry words or by sharing a song or just a “I love you” or “I’m sorry.” When we sat down for a meal we said, “Thank you, God!” When someone was going through a hard time, you stopped and prayed with them. These adults in their 20's, 30's, 40's, 50's and 60's shared Jesus with me by living their life in way that valued prayer.
In the early years of my own faith journey and especially in the last 13 ½ as a parent of three children, I try to live a life of prayer with my family. By no means perfectly. Simple things like prayer at meals, prayer at bedtime, prayer when there is need or special time. I see glimpses of how they are learning the value of prayer when the four-year-old tells you that you "have to" do the Jaws prayer (to the Jaws theme song) in a restaurant, when your child spontaneously offers a prayer for their teacher who had surgery, and when figure out they know the Lord's Prayer from hearing it in worship!
God wants to be in relationship with us and prayer is a tool we can use to nurture that relationships. Plain and simple. Prayer is a way to listen to God and to talk to God. This is a relationship – it's a two-way street. Like my early faith mentors taught me, 1. Prayer is a way of life, and 2. Prayers can use simple words. Prayer isn't something to be feared like a monster under the bed. Our Discipleship Ministry wants to walk alongside you in your faith journey by sharing new ways to pray individually and with your family. So, coming up into two weeks, we are hosting four Cross Generational Prayer Workshops. This means any age can come to any workshop for a short introduction and then an opportunity to explore and experiment with different types of prayer. Your family will leave with resources to continue the different types of prayer wherever you go. I sure hope that you will bring the kids and explore all the ways you can pray together at home.
SAVE THE DATE:
Cross Generational Prayer Workshops
The Life Center @ Living Word
Sunday, October 2
9:15am + 10:45am + 12:15pm + 6:00pm
RSVP via Facebook Event at Living Word Facebook page