Family Prayer
Strengthens your family. Demonstrates faith.
Blesses your children for generations to come.
"For I have chosen him, so that he will direct his children and his household after him to keep the way of the Lord by doing what is right and just, so that the Lord will bring about for Abraham what he has promised him." - Gen 18:19

It is recommended that every family devotion starts and ends with a prayer to consecrate the time together to God. There is no right or wrong approach, and while every family or every week’s situation may be different, here are some sample opening and closing prayers to get you started.

Opening Prayer Samples

Opening Prayer 1

Father in heaven, we thank You for watching over us as a family the past week. You have dealt with us gently and You have shown Your favour and grace to us in different ways in our going out and our coming in. You have kept us in your arms of love and continued to nurture us in Your ways. Here we are again as a family, coming before Your throne of grace and to experience the smile on Your face again. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Closing Prayer Samples

Closing Prayer 1

Lord Jesus, You have given us so much – life, friends and family. Help us to share Your love with others through the giving of ourselves, our gifts and time. May others catch a glimpse of Your goodness and grace through us. Teach us as a family to reflect You more in our words and deeds. May Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Provide for all our needs and keep us from all evil. We ask these in Your name and for Your glory. Amen.

Prayer Based on Scriptures

Using Psalm 23

The Lord is our family’s shepherd, we lack nothing. He makes us lie down in green pastures, He leads us beside quiet waters, He refreshes our soul. He guides us along the right paths for His name’s sake. Even though we walk through the darkest valley, we will fear no evil, for You are with us; Your rod and your staff, they comfort us. You prepare a table before us in the presence of our enemies. You anoint our heads with oil; our cup overflows. Surely Your goodness and love will follow us all the days of our lives, and we will dwell in Your house forever.

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We are thankful to Bishop Dr. T. Jeyakumar and Rev. Dr. Herbert Tan for their permission to use and adapt some of their materials in this website.

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