I've mentioned here before ~ prayer is a weakness of mine. Consistent, thoughtful, holy prayer. A struggle.
Yet - I want to improve. I long to intercede with my Father in this way. And, I desire to teach my children about meaningful prayer as well. But how?
First, I tried a Prayer Closet. I was sure I had thought of everything to make this work - but I didn't realize how hot it would get in there with the door closed. So, I have rarely used this space because of that.
Months ago - I read this and was inspired. It has been in the back of my mind since then. I always seemed to get bogged down in the where, what and how details. So, I created a Peace Retreat to begin. I've loved this space and it has been such a blessing.
In thinking ahead to this school year beginning, I wanted to get our prayer area worked in so we could begin incorporating this into our lives. I love the reference to Daniel and his three times a day prayers. Daniel is one I admire for his willingness to stand up for what is right despite any consequences. He is willing to do what is right.
While in Colorado, I visited my fave store - Hobby Lobby! And, found a cross which I intended to use in our prayer area. And, when we got home - God helped me to just pull together things I had in a space that I had to create a fresh new spot. A haven. A blessing.
One of our memory trunks ($5 from Goodwill), a chair from a friend recovered with leftover fabric from the porch, an unused candle light and a sweet basket - new gift from two sweet friends. It came together so quickly in the end. God brought it all together.
We've added our Prayer Journal to the space and begun praying at 9am and 1pm. We're struggling to get the evening time established but I will not give up. I'm hoping for 7pm for our third time.
We've prayed for family members, friends, our Compassion child, Samaritan's Purse and more. Again, we are in the process of establishing this - but I feel like things are finally on the right track and I am thankful for the chance to try and try again.
How do you bring prayer into your home? How do you establish the priority of prayer? How do you engage your children?