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The Prayer Jar

September 14, 2012

“Never stop praying” 1 Thess 5:17

About 6 months ago I was asking God for creative inspiration (I do this a lot!) with regards to prayer; my husband and I lead a local church and I wanted to make sure I was covering our precious people in prayer but how does a busy home schooling mother of 4 bring all those people (as well as my own family) before God in one day…or even week!

So here birthed the ‘Prayer Jar’! A simple idea that has triggered a revolution (albeit a mini one!) amongst our friends; so what is it?


  1. 1 large jar (scriptures stuck on the front optional)
  2. lots of names (typed or written) of people you’d like to pray for on individual strips of paper, folded and placed in the jar
  3. A daily slot where you and your family pick one name out each and pray for that person!

Easy as that…but it is SO effective!

We put all the names of people in our church family in there, as well as friends and family, and who ever else God puts on our heart.

Every morning after breakfast and bible, the children and I take a name out each and cover that person in prayer. Each evening after dinner, Dave, myself and the children take the jar, pick a name out each and pray for whoever we’re holding in our hand.

It really is  amazing and has become part of the culture of our home; if we (almost) forget you can guarantee that either one of the two younger members of our family will find the jar and bring it enthusiastically to the dinner table to remind us!

We don’t worry about getting through the whole jar, we give it over to God and believe He ordains who He wants us to pray for. We’ve had countless times when the same person has come out again and again over a few days and I’ve contacted them to let them know to find out they’ve been really in need of prayer over that week for a specific situation – God is so good!

It’s great fun texting or messaging someone to say “you came out of the prayer jar today, consider yourself covered in prayer” or “Micah prayed for you this morning”; imagine blessing someone in this way!

Have a go and let me know what God does through your family

“The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.” James 5:16

Do you have a creative idea for family prayer?

4 Comments leave one →
  1. September 14, 2012 8:33 pm

    What a fantastic idea.

    • leahboden permalink*
      September 15, 2012 8:16 am

      Thank you Bernardeena!

  2. September 16, 2012 3:02 pm

    We adapted this idea and use photos of people. Makes it easier as the boys can’t read yet. But they love choosing people to pray for.

    • leahboden permalink*
      September 18, 2012 2:03 pm

      That’s brilliant Sam – love it! Lx

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