Family Prayer Book

After breakfast each morning J and I read a Bible story and then pray together before starting our day.  A friend of mine had the best idea that I’ve adopted into our routine (thanks mamanickles!).  I made a prayer journal to help J through our prayer each day. It’s basically a notebook of pictures and names. It starts with the thankfulness page and then is divided into five categories (separated by colored dividers), family, friends, government officials, ministers, and military servicemen/women. I covered each page with page protectors so that J can handle the book himself without fear of tearing the pages. 

Every morning we pray for one person from each side of the family and then one person in each of the other categories. So we are praying for 6 people a day which turns out just right for his attention span. 

He really likes it. When I get the notebook out, he folds his hands together for prayer. If I don’t pick up the notebook quick enough, he’ll point to it, so I do.

It’s so easy to add new friends or change replace with newly elected officials.  When I recently added new friends to the notebook, he had a few days where he only wanted to pray for them! He also likes to just flip through the book afterward. He has learned President Obama this way, but hasn’t quite gotten the other govt. officials down. Another benefit is that it’s helping him become more comfortable with the pastors at church.  He used to shy away from the children’s pastor every time we saw him (which is often since I work with them during the week), after introducing the prayer book and praying for Pastor John a couple times, J is suddenly friendly in person too! 

I hope to eventually move to where he comes up with specifics to pray for and eventually pray himself.

Age? I think we started this around 17 or 18 months??

Try Again?  We use this almost everyday still at 21 months.

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2 responses to “Family Prayer Book

  1. Just love it. Similar to the social stories we use with students with autism or intellectual disabilities. A mom recently asked me about a social story for a middle schooler who has a hard time staying quiet in church so I’ll share this with her. Maybe her student can pray for people in her prayer book when her mind starts to wander.

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