Possible scriptures:Psalm 55:17; Matthew 6:9–13; 1 Thessalonians 5:17; James 1:5; 2 Nephi 32:8–9; Alma 34:17-27; Alma 37:37; 3 Nephi 18:19–21; Moroni 10:3–5;
Possible Songs: I Pray in Faith – Children’s Songbook #14; A Prayer – Children’s Songbook #22b; A Prayer Song – Children’s Songbook #22a;; Children All Over the World – Children’s Songbook #16; Did You Think to Pray? – Hymns #140; Heavenly Father, Now I Pray – Children’s Songbook #19; I Love to Pray – Children’s Songbook #25b; Love Is Spoken Here – Children’s Songbook #190; We Bow Our Heads – Children’s Songbook #25a; Sweet Hour of Prayer – Hymns #142
Possible Materials: A container that says “I am Thankful For” and a container that says “Please Bless That…” along with papers that say “Heavenly Father,” and “In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.” A picture of Enos, a picture of Daniel in the Lion’s Den, praying figurine (or this one), Parts of a prayer craft or Ponder Pray Listen craft.
Preparation: Begin with prayer. Take a self-evaluation. Have your prayers been meaningful lately? Have you paused at the end of your prayers? Is there something you could work on? Also consider the difference between knowing OF God and knowing God. Read the suggested scriptures, the stories of Enos and Daniel in the Lion’s Den, and any articles listed in Resources.
From the Friend: Discuss how we get ready for prayer. For younger children, discuss reverence by sitting or kneeling quietly, folding their arms, closing their eyes, and bowing their head.
Further discussion: Discuss times that we pray, which includes when we wake up; when we go to bed; meals; as a family; in church; when we need strength; when we are scared, or lonely, etc; when we need answers; when we don’t feel like praying; and “continually.” Discuss the importance of listening after we pray. I’ve heard of many analogies to use, like paying for a theme park ride and not getting on it.
Challenge: Challenge each member of your family to pay closer attention to his or her prayers – before, during, and after.