How much does prayer really matter?
Updated: Aug 8, 2018
Most parents (85%) recognize they are responsible for teaching their children religious beliefs and spiritual matters. However; of those parents, a majority do not spend time discussing or studying religious matters. It’s not that parents are unmotivated or apathetic, surveys actually show that they mostly just feel unequipped. (link)
Current research on prayer says:
· Prayer is the most common faith practice used among American adults.
· People most often choose to pray by themselves.
“The forces of our individualistic culture have influenced what was once a more communal and corporate conception of Christian identity to one now focused primarily on the individual.”-Barna
There are many benefits of prayer, including:
· reduced stress
· increased self-awareness
· better communication
· a more empathetic and forgiving attitude towards others
When it comes to prayer and the family:
· Children with parents who pray more than once daily report better relationships with their parents, even if those prayers are not done together
· Joint prayer can be a powerful tool that helps couples be more forgiving
· There is an increased level of trust between those who pray together. (link)
This is where our passion comes in! We do not believe that prayer is individualistic. Families can and should pray together! We want parents (and grandparents, honorary parents, aunts and uncles, ministry leaders) to understand that prayer is an important part of the Christian faith, it is accessible, it can be deeply connecting, and it doesn’t have to be a ton of work. Prayer can be a powerful tool that parents can use to teach religious practices at home and be a source of influence in their faith journey.