Family Home Evening: Personal Prayer

This lesson is about personal prayer. It is based around Enos and his experience with prayer. This is a wonderful experience because you can use the example to teach on many levels. You should be able to draw points to teach the youngest Primary children and discussion for the most studied adult.

You should open the lesson by sharing the story of Enos. You may want to read it as a family or your can use these flannel board figures to tell the story to young children. After you do this you can discuss the way that Enos prayed. If you have small children you can talk about the importance of praying when you need to. It doesn’t just need to be in the morning or at night. If you have teenagers you may want to focus on what Enos prayed for. It is important to realize that you should pray for your enemies as well your friends. You may also want to discuss how Enos knew that he had an answer to his prayer, and talk about the ways that they can receive answers. You may want to take the opportunity to review the proper prayer language and reverence with your children. You can talk about different times in your life when it is important to pray. You may want to share personal stories. It is also important to point out that most important time to prayer is when you feel the least like praying. You can close by reading 2 Nephi 32:8-9.

If you have Primary age children you may want share the story “The Enos Experiment.” “Sharing Time: Prayer Language” is a great resource for teaching your children the correct words to use while praying. It includes several activities involving prayer language. You can complete a craft to help your children remember to pray as well.

If you have children who are teenagers you may want to use “Articles of Faith: Rights to Revelation,” “A Message to the Youth of the Church: Personal Revelation—The Gift, the Test and the Promise,” and “A Wing and a Prayer.” If you are teaching primarily adults you may want to use “Pray Always” and “The Prayer of Faith.” You may also want to discuss ways to make personal prayer more meaningful with both the teenagers and adults.

For opening and closing song you can use “A Child’s Prayer” p 12 and “A Prayer” p 22 from “The Children’s Songbook. From “Hymns” you can also use “Did You Think to Pray?” p 140 and “Be Thou Humble” p 130. It is important to have an activity and do not forget to have refreshments!

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