We used this activity alongside the “Family (Gathering)” activity but it could just as easily be used as a standalone set of prayers.
To know that we are a part of God’s family makes a huge difference to how we see God, how we see ourselves and how we see others.
Knowing God as a loving father means we can see ourselves as his children but that also means that the rest of his children become our brothers and sisters. Look around the room, these are your brothers and sisters, as are Christians in the church around the corner or the church in the farthest corner of the world.
So today we’re going to pray for our brothers and sisters in Jesus. Around your tables spend a few minutes talking about the people that you’d like to pray for. Once you’ve done that I’ll explain how we’re going to pray for them.
[allow a few minutes for people to discuss]
In a moment we’re going to have a time of quiet and in that time we’re going to pray for the people we discussed at our tables by naming them as our brothers and sisters. For example if you wanted to pray for Christians in Syria you could say “I pray for my brothers and sisters who are being persecuted for their faith in Syria” or if you would like to pray for a friend you might say “I pray for my sister Julie who is unwell”
[allow some time for people to pray, it might be helpful to have a few people who are more confident prepped to pray out loud to encourage others]
Now that we have prayed for our brothers and sisters around the world we bring all of our prayers together as we pray to our Father.
Our Father in heaven…