Setting up a dedicated prayer space in your home is one of the most important things you can do as you embark on transforming your home into a Domestic Church. But, before you start throwing your hands up with objects, let me be perfectly clear. Your prayer space can (and maybe should) be small, simple, a dynamic part of your home.
For example, for a long time our “prayer space” was simply one shelf on a bookshelf. Our prayer things remained there all of the time, but when we turned off distractions and sat down for prayer, we focused on attention there.
I’ve also seen families set up prayer spaces on end tables, window ledges, a small table in an entry way or on the mantle of their fireplace. Finally, just because you decide to set you your prayer space in one way or in one place, doesn’t mean that you can’t change it weeks, months or years down the road. This is especially true if your family is young. For example, for a long time we were praying on our main level, but a few months ago we decided to move our family prayer to the sitting area on the basement, so we moved our prayer space as well. And maybe in a few months we will decide to move back upstairs. It’s fine!
I hear from parents often that feel the desire to add ore prayer to their family time, but they don’t know where to start. Putting together a prayer space is the place I recommend you start.
To get ideas flowing, we have put together a simple guide. The guide covers (1.) Why each family needs a prayer space, (2.) four key things to consider while creating a prayer space in your home, (3.) some additional things you can do with your prayer space once it is in use and (4.) lots and lots of pictures of real prayer spaces created by other families.
Please use this guide as a starting point. Get inspirited and then use some things around your house to set up your prayers space…and then USE that space. Make a habit of sitting down for prayer with your family each and every night. After all, prayer is the most important thing that you can do together as a family–so let’s make space for prayer and use that space everyday!
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Thanks for your support and love. I really hope that this guide helps you bring prayer into your family’s life.
Jesus, Mary and Joseph, PRAY FOR US!
In Christ Jesus,
Nancy and Bill