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Family Prayer


Gathered together on this page are several good prayers & blessings for your family. There are prayers for family reunions (with meal time & evening prayers), blessings you can give away to your loved ones, and some useful resources for encouraging your family to pray together. Here you can also discover short prayers, inspiring quotes and great bible verses.

A Prayer for my Family

(a prayer for hope & love)


Lord God,

I give you all the members of our family. You know them all so well and love them all. I ask that you would cover us with a rainbow of hope.

Hope that draws us together to work out our differences.
Hope that helps us to celebrate together and care for one another.
Hope that rides like a banner in our lives and watches over us wherever we go.
Hope that overcomes adversity and gathers strength to overcome.
Hope that guides us and gives us vision for our future alone and together.
Hope filled with love.
Hope that fuels faith.
Hope that breathes peace.

May our family live in you
Underneath your promises.

Amen.

(a family prayer from www.lords-prayer-words.com)




resources on this page


Irish Blessing

(An ancient blessing suitable for giving to a family member)
Irish Blessing

A Short Family Prayer


Lord, we thank you for our family
For the talents and good things that you have given each of us
Please guide us, protect us and equip us
This day and every day
As we grow together in Your love

Amen.

(a modern prayer for the family from www.lords-prayer-words.com)


All that I am or hope to be I owe to my angel mother. I remember my mother's prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life.

Abraham Lincoln



Family Prayer Blessing

A short prayer suitable for sending as a blessing to a loved one in your family:-
family prayer blessing

Family reunion prayer


Father God,

Thank you so much for bringing us all here together today.
Thank you for the wonderful blessing of family.
Thank you for the similarities we have and the differences we enjoy.
Thank you for the wisdom of age and the energy of youth.
 Thank you for the way you watch over us as individuals and the way you release your love into us as a unit.
Come bless our time together.

Amen.

(a prayer for the family from www.lords-prayer-words.com)


Catholic Family Prayer

(In Honor of the Holy Family)

O God, Heavenly Father, it was part of Thine eternal decree that Thine only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ, the Savior of the human race, should form a holy family with Mary, His blessed mother, and His foster father, Saint Joseph. In Nazareth, home life was sanctified, and a perfect example was given to every Christian family. Grant, we beseech Thee, that we may fully comprehend and faithfully imitate the virtues of the Holy Family so that we may be united with them one day in their heavenly glory. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.



Prayer for family unity

Dear Lord God,

You created balance.
The night to follow the day.
The sea to touch the earth.
All the wonderful animals, fish and birds.
You are the great creator of variety and diversity.
Thank you that you made us all to be unique and reflect your love.
Come draw our family together in all it's wonder and beauty.
Help us to love and respect each other.
Show us how to support and encourage one another.
Inspire us to work together to become a picture full of your perfect love.

Amen.

(a prayer for family unity from www.lords-prayer-words.com)


Thanksgiving dinner prayer


O Lord,

How full is this world of your unending creativity.
How astounding is creation in all its variety.
How breathtaking is new life, growth and transformation.
How wonderful is your provision for us your children!
This day, we celebrate your great goodness with thankful hearts and joyful lives.

Amen.

(a mealtime prayer from www.lords-prayer-words.com)


May The Road Rise Up To Meet You

A traditional Celtic Blessing for those you love:-



An Evening Family Prayer

Lord, behold our family here assembled.
We thank you for this place in which we dwell,
For the love that unites us,
For the peace accorded to us this day,
For the hope with which we expect the morrow;
For the health, the work, the food and the bright skies
That make our lives delightful;
For our friends in all parts of the earth.
Amen.


(Robert Louis Stevenson, 1850-1894)



Family prayer guide ideas

(some practical suggestions for creating a good family prayer life together)

Look for opportunities to pray together
Think about the points in the day when your family naturally comes together and consider taking a moment to pray at these times. For example, there are many great morning prayers that you could try after breakfast. If you already pray at meal times, consider changing how you do this. Be creative - there's no rule book as to when you should pray - it can be before or after (or during!) your meal together. Sometimes praying at spontaneous moments can really make us think about what we are doing. It's also a good idea (for practical reasons!) to keep prayers short and concise over the dinner table - remember prayers don't have to be long to be effective!

Praying as family on special occasions
There are lots of significant days in the year when you can gather together as a family and pray. For example, at birthdays, anniversaries, Christmas and of course on Thanksgiving day. There may also be times that you will want to come together and pray for sick child or parent for God's healing.

Pray without ceasing
Praying as a family does not just have to be restricted to praying together! You can pray for members of your family at any time, whether they are in the next room or across the oceans! Whenever you become worried or anxious about your family member, why not turn those feelings into pray? Paul said " Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God" (Philippians 4:6, NIV)


A family that prays together stays together

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Family Prayer Blessing


God be with our family,
From the youngest to the oldest,
Lighting up our relationships,
Sowing grace into our troubles.

God be with our family,
Weaving love into our work,
Our rest, and our play.

Amen.

(a family blessing from www.lords-prayer-words.com)





Bible verses about family life

Featured here are several scriptures that relate to family life - between parents and children, and husbands and wives.

As for me and my house...

"If it seems evil to you to serve the LORD, choose this day whom you will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD."

Joshua 24:15, (NHEB)


Honouring Your Parents

Give honour to your father and your mother, as you have been ordered by the Lord your God; so that your life may be long and all may be well for you in the land which the Lord your God is giving you.

Joshua 24:15, (NHEB)


Parents and Children

Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.

Proverbs 22:6, (NIV)



Take a moment to hear from God...

here are links to some wonderfully inspired prayers to aid your journey