As you reflect on this past year, take time to examine the spiritual health of your family. How would you rate 2014 on a spiritual scale? Did you help your children grow in their relationships with Jesus Christ? Did you make Bible reading and prayer a priority? Were you intentional about passing on your faith?
It is my desire to use this blog to assist you in being intentional about your faith. Every month, I post a new prayer calendar that can help you add variety to your children’s prayer lives — as well as teach them how to pray BIG! Our family uses these every day before lunch, and it has really helped make our lunch prayers much more meaningful.
In addition to the prayer calendars, I also post ideas for family Bible times. These ideas are posted on Fridays (thus the name “Friday Family Bible Time”). If you haven’t been getting into the Word of God with your family on a regular basis, let me encourage you to make that a goal for 2015. You can do these once a week, once a month, or whatever fits your schedule! I have a whole series on Creation waiting just for you! Click on the link to “Friday Family Bible Time” above to get access to these.
Also, starting in January, I will be regularly posting Bible reading plans for children. These will be about 4-5 weeks long and each one will examine a different topic. (Note: if you have any topics you would like me to cover, please let me know! I am always looking for new ideas!) But you do not have to wait until January to get your children reading the Bible on their own. I have a Christmas Bible Reading Plan that begins on Dec. 1st and lasts until Dec. 26th that would be perfect for your child! Check it out here:
As you look ahead to 2015, be sure to plan intentional ways to pass on your faith to your children, and please use the resources here to help with that. If you are looking for some other ideas on how to be intentional in passing on your faith, check out the following articles:
(How to practice the concept of Praying Continually with your family)
(26 ways to be intentional about sharing your faith with your children)
And now, here is December’s Prayer Calendar for Children! As always, click on the link to get a printable calendar, or simply scroll down to see each day’s suggested topic.
December 2014 (Printable Pdf Calendar)
1 Pray for the mission field in the United States of America. Pray for revival for that nation!
2 Pray for the public and private schools in your community. Pray for students to come to know Jesus.
3 Pray for your grandma and grandpas, (or someone in your life who is like a grandma or grandpa to you).
4 Ask God to show you areas where you need to be forgiven. Pray for those areas.
5 Pray for the movie industry. Pray for high quality, family friendly movies to be produced.
6 Make Christmas Cards for our troops serving overseas. Pray for them as you send them out!
7 God is our Father – Praise God that He loves us and wants a relationship with us!
8 Pray for the mission field in Haiti. Pray for financial needs to be met and for the people to see Jesus!
9 Pray for those who are homeschooling throughout the world. Pray for God’s wisdom in their schools.
10 Pray for your closest friends and their families. Pray for them to keep Jesus first in their lives.
11 Ask God to forgive the sins of you nation. Ask God to help you be a witness in your nation.
12 Pray for the music industry. Pray that well known musicians will find Jesus!
13 Go Christmas Caroling with your family to a local nursing home. Pray for the residents.
14 Jehovah Sabbaoth – God is the commander of the armies of Heaven!
15 Pray for the mission field in your own neighborhood. How can you make a difference today?
16 Pray for the ministers at the church where you attend. Pray for strength, provision, and encouragement.
17 Pray for someone you know who is not a Christian. Pray that they will find Jesus!
18 Ask God to forgive the sins in your local church. Pray for the ability of your local church to be a light!
19 Pray for the temptation you have to argue and fight with your parents. Pray for God to help you obey!
20 Make Christmas cookies for your neighbors. Deliver them and pray for each neighbor on the way.
21 Jehovah Shalom – God who gives us rest! Rest in His peace today!
22 Pray for the Christians in China. Pray for boldness and opportunities to reach government officials.
23 Pray for the church throughout the world. Pray for unity in spreading the message of salvation.
24 Pray for the homeless in your community. Pray that they will have their needs met.
25 Spend time today thanking God for the greatest gift of all – Jesus Christ!
26 What is your greatest temptation? Spend time praying about it today!
27 Spend time today reflecting on 2014. Write a list of spiritual goals for your life for 2015. Pray for them.
28 El Olam – The Everlasting God. Praise God that He is eternal – He was, and is , and is to come!
29 Pray for the Christians in closed Islamic countries. Pray for courage and protection.
30 Pray for world leaders to seek God in this coming year. Pray for God’s Word to spread in the world!
31 Pray for your own life. Reflect on how you have grown in 2014, and pray for greater spiritual growth in 2015.
Sunday: “Our Father in Heaven, hallowed be Thy Name” – discovering and praising God for His names/attributes.
Monday & Tuesday: “Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” – praying for God’s will in different areas.
Wednesday: “Give us this day our daily bread” – praying for people who are close to us.
Thursday: “And forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors” – concentrating on forgiveness.
Friday: “And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.” – praying for areas that lead to temptation
Saturday: A suggested activity.