Read in 4 mins Bible Lessons » Key Bible Topic or Story » Prayer Print / Download Article Facebook Twitter Pinterest Email 12 Months of Prayer Ideas for Church Families Published: December 28, 2020 Use these 12 months of prayer ideas for church families to encourage and nurture prayer at home. What better way to start the new year than with great ideas to get families praying together. Year of Prayer Ideas for Church Families January Prayer Idea: Special Delivery Distribute a postcard to each family. A family can be one person. Ask families to write their names and any special prayer requests on their cards. Encourage families to return their cards over several weeks. A “prayer administrator” makes sure every individual or family is represented. If any families haven’t filled out a card because of their absence, the prayer administrator can fill one out on their behalf. Mail a postcard to church members so each family has a different family to pray for during the month of January. February Prayer Idea: A Heart for Prayer Have the children decorate pink and red construction paper hearts. Then write the names of your church families on the backs of the hearts-one name per heart. Suspend the hearts from your church foyer ceiling. Ask every family to take a heart and pray for that specific family during February. Recruit a crew who’s willing to pray for more than one person in case some paper hearts remain. March Prayer Idea: Leave Your Burden Cut out a large cross from foamboard, and display it in a visible area in your church building. During the last week of February, distribute sticky notes to church members–adults and children. Ask each person to write a burden to give to God on the note. People can do this anonymously. Encourage church members to attach the notes to the cross. It’s a good idea to attach a few notes ahead of time to encourage participation. Each individual can take home one of the notes and pray all month for that burden to be lifted from the person who’s carrying it. Allow time at the end of the month for people to tell about answers to prayer. April Prayer Idea: Handle With Prayer For each family or child, you’ll need six plastic eggs and half an egg carton with spots for six eggs. Paint the halved egg cartons. Use a permanent marker to write “Fragile: Handle with Prayer” on each carton top. Photocopy family names from your church’s phone directory or pictorial directory. Add the names of those not listed in the directory. Cut apart the names, and put one family name in each plastic egg. You can also simply write the name of each family on a paper slip. Give each family six eggs in a carton and encourage them to pray for a family each day. May Prayer Idea: Flower Power Prayer Give a long-stemmed rose to each family. Encourage them to choose one person or family to pray for through the month of May. They can deliver the flower and ask for any specific prayer requests. June Prayer Idea: Rockin’ Prayer Collect enough small rocks for every child to have one. Then give a rock to each child to carry around in a pocket during the month of June. The rock is a reminder of Jesus, our rock, and it can remind them to talk to Jesus daily. July Prayer Idea: Pop! Pop! Pop! Prayers You’ll need one empty 20-ounce soft drink bottle per family, plastic disposable plates, a fine-tip permanent marker, glitter or Mylar confetti, corn syrup, water, and scissors. Have families create this fun prayer reminder craft together by following these steps. Cut six half-inch ovals from the plastic plates. Write “Family,” “Neighbors,” “Church,” “Our Government,” “World Crisis,” and “Peace” on six different ovals. Then put the ovals into a bottle. Add a teaspoon of glitter to the bottle Fill the bottle three-fourths full of corn syrup and top with water. Tighten the lid on the bottle. Encourage families to shake the bottle every day during the month of July and pray for the item that comes up first. August Prayer Idea: Schooltime Prayers Print labels with “Pray for Our Children’s Education.” Attach the labels to school supply boxes and give them to church members. During the month of August, families can pray for education issues or people associated with schools when they buy school supplies to put in the boxes. When school starts, donate the supplies and boxes to a local school for children who may not have school supplies. September Prayer Idea: Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep Give each family a white pillowcase and fabric pen. Encourage families to pray for a different person each night for bedtime. Then have them write the person’s name on the pillowcase. October Prayer Idea: Leafing It to God Pour prepared plaster of Paris into a medium-size bucket. While the plaster is still wet, place a tree branch in the center of the bucket to create a self-standing tree. Write the names of children on fall-colored construction paper leaves, and tape the leaves to the tree branch. Have children select a leaf and pray for that person during October. November Prayer Idea: Make a Clean Sweep Purchase tiny whisk brooms at a craft store or print whisk broom images on card stock. Add a label with the words “Make a Clean Sweep.” Attach a self-adhesive magnet to each one so they can be placed on refrigerators. Distribute these as a reminder to pray for inner cleanliness as the Advent season approaches. December Prayer Idea: Family Advent Calendar Print December calendars with the name of a family or individual in each square. If your group is smaller than 31 people, repeat names. If your group is larger than 31 people, put more than one name in each square. Copy a second blank calendar sheet on red or green paper. Use an X-Acto knife to cut three sides of each calendar square, but don’t fold any squares back. Glue around the outer edges of the blank sheets and place them over the name sheets. Show the kids how to fold back each window, revealing a different family to pray for each day in December. cm Melissa Plowman and Cheryl Stewart are children’s ministers in Wichita Falls, Texas. Looking for more ideas for families? Check out these articles! And for even more ideas and daily posts of inspiration, follow us on Facebook! © Group Publishing, Inc. All rights reserved. No unauthorized use or duplication permitted. Get our FREE enewsletter! Join thousands of other children’s ministry leaders, getting fresh, helpful ideas delivered weekly to your inbox. Sign Up Please enter valid email address Sign Up Recieve offers and promos from Group? Got it! Would you also like offers and promos from Group? Yes! No Thanks, you're all set!