DIY Family Prayer Prompt Jar

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If you have wanted to be more intentional about praying as a family then this DIY Family Prayer Prompt Jar is for you! It’s really simple to put together and you probably have most of the supplies on hand.

Like you, I have wanted to pray more purposefully with my girls this year, but two of my biggest struggles have been consistency and a lack of creativity with who and what we can be praying for. I often feel very repetitive with what I am praying for, which isn’t a bad thing, but I long to teach my girls that prayer is an incredible gift and we can bring anything and everything to the Lord in prayer. Not only can we bring all things to God, we can do it at any moment of any day.

What a friend we have in Jesus
All our sins and griefs to bear
And what a privilege to carry
Everything to God in prayer

Oh, what peace we often forfeit
Oh, what needless pain we bear
All because we do not carry
Everything to God in prayer

Have we trials and temptations?
Is there trouble anywhere?
We should never be discouraged
Take it to the Lord in prayer

Can we find a friend so faithful
Who will all our sorrows share?
Jesus knows our every weakness
Take it to the Lord in prayer

— What a Friend We Have in Jesus

The zeal of kids never ceases to amaze me. Maybe that’s one of the reasons why Jesus tells us to be more like them. In the few short weeks that we have been using our prayer prompts jar I have been so encouraged by how eager my girls are to pray. Since the jar sits in a spot that we see often throughout the day it’s becoming rare that they let me forget to grab a stick and pray.

Not only has the jar helped us be more consistent in praying throughout the day, the prompts have sparked some really wonderful conversations. Through the girls asking things like, “What is a widow?”, we have been able to pray for people that we might have missed otherwise. I have loved how God has used the sticks to focus and soften our hearts and think about people all around the world and define words that we might not use on a daily basis. It has been humbling, convicting, and beautiful all in the same breath.

Ready to make this super simple DIY Family Prayer Prompt Jar? Let’s get started!

Here’s what you’ll need:

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How to Assemble Your Family Prayer Prompt Jar

Step 1: Print the Prayer Prompt Printable on white cardstock. Use scissors to cut out the prayer prompts.

Step 2: Attach the prayer prompts to the natural craft sticks with a glue gun. You could also apply a thin layer of mod podge for added durability if you’d like.

Step 3: Continue until all of the prayer prompts have been attached to the craft sticks.

Step 4: Include a few blank sticks so that you can easily write prayer requests that the Lord lays on your heart.

Step 5: Place the prayer prompt sticks inside the jar and place the jar on your dining table or somewhere where your family gathers often.

To use the family prayer prompt jar, simply grab a stick and use the prompt to begin praying.

Download the Prayer Jar Prompt Printable Here:

When thinking about prayer, I recently stumbled upon this quote and I can’t stop thinking about it.

“Is prayer your steering wheel or your spare tire?”

Corrie Ten Boom

It reminds me of what Ephesians 6:12 tells us, “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.” So often I am quick to forget that there’s a real battle being waged all around me. There is a real enemy that seeks to steal, kill, and destroy our families. May prayer become our first defense and steering wheel, as Corrie Ten Boom so profoundly puts it.

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