[Editor’s note: The author explains her family’s Lenten commitment to take the Love Dare here . Regular updates will be posted all through Lent. Click here to catch up on previous posts. Due to CE staff scheduling, we will not be able to keep up with these posts daily, but we will make sure they are all posted, even though it means they run past Lent. ]
Make a commitment to daily prayer.
“If two of you agree on earth about anything that they may ask, it shall be done for them by My Father” )Matt. 18:19).
This dare could be stated simply; “The family that prays together stays together.” When my husband and I first started dating, we made a commitment to pray together daily. Most of the time, we have done a good job with this, but we have gotten complacent at times too. While we always attend Mass, say our Rosary with our kids on a regular basis and remember our mealtime prayers, we sometimes forget to invest the time in prayer as a couple.
When he started working nights, saying nighttime prayers together fell by the wayside. Now that he works days again, we haven’t fully returned to saying our night prayers together. Today we will commit to return to this time to pray.
We also fall short in remembering to pray with our children when they are going through difficulties. Don’t get me wrong; we pray for them all the time, but we do have to step up our efforts to pray with them. We must remember that where two or more are gathered, Christ is in their midst.
Lord, even a strong Christian family can get complacent in their prayer life. We have fallen into some bad habits in our prayer life, please help us to correct them and call on You (as a family) more often.