Charlotte Mason, homeschooling

Morning Time {Prayer}

Hey friends, welcome back! 

Today I’m talking all about how I incorporate prayer into morning time with my kiddos! If you’d rather watch/listen to me talk about this than read it here, you can head on over to my YouTube Channel:

Disclosure: There are some affiliate links below and I may receive compensation for purchases made through the links in this post. These are all products that I highly recommend and have personally used.

I could talk for HOURS about the importance, beauty, privilege and power of prayer, but today I’m just going to keep things short and sweet. Starting morning time with prayer each day is a simple way to cultivate the habit of prayer for your kiddos and maybe even for you! 

On a side note, I know that some of you are absolute prayer warriors and this topic is your jam; but… I know that for many people, prayer can feel intimidating. If that’s you, I want to encourage you with a few things! 1) You don’t have to be an expert to help your kids develop a prayer habit. In fact, there is so much power in being humble and learning alongside your kids. 2) Prayer doesn’t have to be scary or elaborate or complicated. 3) When in doubt, pray scripture (more on that in a minute).

If you want to learn more about prayer yourself, I’ll be sharing links to my favorite books on prayer below.

So, how do I incorporate prayer into our morning time?

  1. Gather together and eliminate distractions as much as possible (we usually sit together on the couch or floor, occasionally outside or even in the car on our way someplace if need be).
  2. We start by reading whatever passage of scripture we are currently working on memorizing. It is super helpful for each child to have a little bookmark or notecard with the passage written on it (this is an awesome opportunity for copywork). Sometimes I read it, sometimes one of my girls read it, other times we take turns reading lines, sometimes we read it outloud all together. Once we’ve got it memorized (which usually takes a few weeks, depending on the length of the passage), we will take turns reciting it or recite it all together. If you’re looking for suggestions on which passages to memorize, you can’t go wrong with The Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6:9-13) or Psalm 23.
  3. Once we read/recite our scripture, we pray about whatever else is on our heart that day. Some days only one of us will pray a short and simple prayer of thanksgiving and ask God to help us honor Him that day. Many days each of us take turns praying for friends, situations in our own lives and people around the world. I always try to thank God out loud for all of the things He has blessed us with and encourage my kids to do the same. It’s amazing what happens when you start the day with a posture of gratitude. 

And that’s about it! Prayer time takes an average of 2-5 minutes for us each day and then we move onto our next morning time segment–Bible and Journaling, which I’ll be covering next in this series!

Here are links to all of the resources that I mentioned in my video:

“The Circle Maker” by Mark Batterson https://amzn.to/3lPzyts

“Transforming Prayer: How Everything Changes When You Seek God’s Face” by Daniel Henderson https://amzn.to/3LWdveV

“Fervent: A Woman’s Battle Plan to Serious, Specific and Strategic Prayer” by Priscilla Shirer https://amzn.to/3GqkSKt

“Praying Circles Around Your Children” by Mark Batterson https://amzn.to/3LS3ijZ

If you are wanting to learn more about how to pray yourself, I highly recommend all of these books! To hear more detailed info about each of them, check out the corresponding YouTube video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pz2TQCMgrrs

TTYS!

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