Family Prayers

United States
February 6, 2007 3:57pm CST
When I grew up we always said grace before every meal. I also always said a prayer before bed, with my Mom, kneeling beside me. I remember those prayers to this day, and sometimes find comfort in repeating them. As an adult, I find that I often say "The Lord's Prayer". My bedtime prayer used to kind of scare me though..."Now I lay me down to sleep. I pray the Lord my soul to keep. If I should die before I wake, I pray the Lord my soul to take. God Bless....Amen." I always went to sleep thinking I wasn't going to wake up in the morning. LOL So what were some of the prayers you or your family used to say? Do you still say them?
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@meme0907 (3481)
• United States
12 Feb 07
Hey CDW :D Yeah we used that one @ bedtime too LOL Maybe our parents were trying to scare us into being good LOL I say my old prayers just as a reminder of past times but now when I pray it's more like a conversation than a mantra +'s 4 U :)
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• United States
24 Feb 07
Yes, my prayers tend to be much more conversational then they used to be when I was younger. I like it that way too. I get more out of it, and I feel closer to God than ever before. Thank you for your input my friend. God Bless.
@Lakota12 (42681)
• United States
7 Feb 07
I used to do a talking prayer like talking to someone . and I did that now I lay me down to sleep with my kids Now I do nothing but talk to my hubby before I go to sleep
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• United States
24 Feb 07
I pray as I am falling asleep, after hubby stops talking, and is usually asleep. He falls asleep so much quicker than I do. Thank you very much for sharing. I appreciate your input.
• United States
6 Feb 07
I grew up without religion and prayers. But, about 25 years ago, I was saved and born again. I now have a personal walk with Him, and talk to God daily and pray prayers from my heart. I do it anytime of the day. Sometimes once, other times a lot. I always so grace of thanksgiving at each meal.
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• United States
24 Feb 07
I am that way now too. I am continually talking to God throughout my day and seeking his love and guidance. It is a such a peaceful way of living. Thank you very much for your input. I appreciate it.
• United States
6 Feb 07
We said that same scary one growing up. I say this with my children: Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep, Guide me Jesus through the night and wake me with the morning light.
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• United States
6 Feb 07
I still say both of them every night before I have my nightly chat with God thanking him asking his blessing for some of my friends
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• United States
7 Feb 07
Thanks for sharing that whiteheather. I always pray at night too and thank God for all my blessings and say prayer requests from my friends.
• Australia
6 Feb 07
As kids we also pray in the family, even up to now we still pray together at least every meal. However, we do not have a certain things to say in a prayer it is more like a free pray .. so just say what you want to say kind of things. Before when I was kid I used to say in my prayer when I went to bed to thank God for the blessing for today, and also for Him to watch over me during my sleeping so that I could wake up the next morning, refresh, anew and ready to glorify His name again. And in the morning we say a prayer to say thank you Lord for your blessing in the night and may this day I have peace in my heart and can bring peace also to others and also so that every action, every word, and everything that I do it is to glorify His name. This morning prayer I still say it more or less the same way as when I was a kid. However, the night prayer or the meal prayer have changed, instead of just following certain words to say now I pray from inside my heart. Sometimes I would tell Him about my day today, about my feeling either happiness, anger, sadness, joyful etc2.. I told Him about my dream and problems that I face nowadays things like that. More and more Im trying to renew my relationship with Him and to make it more personal :)
• United States
24 Feb 07
I think that is wonderful. That is how I taught my kids to pray to for the most part; free prayer. I wanted to teach them that prayer didn't have to be scripted. It should come from one's heart. Thank you very much for sharing, I really loved what you had to say. God Bless.