Sometimes we must pray hard.
“Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you” (Matthew 7:7).
Sometimes We Must Pray Hard
Just as Nehemiah sought to rebuild the wall, you can build a meaningful and memorable wall in your house!
As a family, determine which wall in your house would be good to temporarily designate as a prayer wall. Work together to cover the wall with paper or poster board. Gather crayons, stickers, glitter pens, or other art supplies and set them on a small table near the wall. Put a Bible on the table and, if you’re able, set up a CD player with one of your family’s favorite worship CDs.
Commit to visit the prayer wall as a family several times during the week. Each time you gather together, start by talking about these questions:
- When you think back on your day, what do you want to praise or thank God for?
- What was tough about your day? In what ways do you want to ask God for help?
- What big problems or concerns are on your mind right now—troubles in your life? problems friends or family members are facing? big problems in the world?
- How do you want God’s help to grow or change as a person?
Once you’ve discussed these questions, turn what you’ve talked about into fuel for prayer! Play the CD and take time to write or draw prayers on the prayer wall; these could be written words of prayer, Bible verses, pictures or symbols representing prayer requests, or even poems and simple words of praise.
Create a family prayer calendar. Work together to come up with ideas for prayer (such as prayer for missionary families, neighbors, church family members facing illness or disease, or issues such as war or poverty), and write one prayer focus on each day of the calendar. When it’s done, post it on the refrigerator and commit to pray together as a family for the request on each given day. What a great chance to persist in prayer together!