One of my Pinterest finds was this neat idea for a Prayer Pail. I was looking for a way to teach my children about the importance of prayer and help us incorporate it into our daily lives – at least, beyond Dear God thank you for this day bless this food to our bodies amen. Our standard meal prayer. Even Gwen has it down pat.
I used one of the last little metal buckets we got in bulk as favors for our candy bar at our wedding ten years ago. To this day I’m still a little disappointed I never got any of that candy…
In any case, I pretty much followed the original directions, using double-sided tape with a piece of craft paper. Then I spelled out “Prayer Pail” in transfer letters, added some rhinestones and ribbon on the handle for embellishments, and put a couple verses on back:
I Thessalonians 5:17 – Pray without ceasing.
Ironically, our Bible verse for preschool this week!
Philippians 4:6 – Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.
We used the large craft sticks – like tongue-depressors – and wrote our prayers on them with glitter markers (we keep extra in the pail in case we think of new ones). I asked the kids if they had an ideas so they would feel involved – Josiah wants to pray for a tractor, by the way – and most nights after dinner we each pick a prayer (trying not to peek!).
This is a neat way for putting prayer into practice, visualizing the prayers themselves, and involving even the youngest family members.