Pass the Prayer Cross: Taking the Chaos out of Family Prayer Time

We recently started saying group family prayers at night.  This involves DH, me, Luke (age 4), and Lilah (age 2-1/2).  Right away we noticed we had trouble figuring out whose turn it was to talk.  And while I’m sure God has no issues understanding if we all pray to him at once, it made our prayer time kind of chaotic for everyone to just interject at will.  So we came up with a way to cut down on the chaos of family prayer time.  We call it Pass the Prayer Cross.

Pass the Prayer Cross: Taking the Chaos out of Family Prayer Time

pass the prayer cross

This week as we were walking through A. C. Moore (a craft store), I saw plain wooden crosses for $1 each and an idea struck!  How about decorating a cross that we could pass around during our prayer time to designate the speaker?  The symbol would keep the focus on Jesus, while giving the kids something tangible to remind them of when it was their turn versus when they should listen.

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We kept the decoration of the cross simple.  We arranged colored glass gems to fit in the inset part of the wooden cross.  Once we had our design laid out, I used my glue gun to secure the gems.  Of course, these added quite a bit of weight to the cross, but I think it’s going to work just fine.

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We have used the cross during prayer time for two nights now and it has really made the biggest difference!  The first night we still had a few outbursts but last night was so much smoother.  I don’t know that we’ll always need a token to pass around, but I think it will be a great aid until the children learn to let a speaker finish before interrupting.  

pass the prayer cross

Until then, the passing of the cross will help us all remember to patiently wait our turn and listen to the person who is speaking.

pass the prayer cross

 The cross fits perfectly in our prayer box for storage between uses. :)

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pass the prayer cross
 
pass the prayer cross

Does your family have a group prayer time?  Do you have any tips or tricks to share for making that time go smoothly?

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