Family Prayer Adventures
Mike and Amy Nappa
PRAYERS WITH CANDY
Praying for others
Use M & M's candy to help focus your family's prayers
of intercession for others.
Pass around a bag or bowl of M & M's the
next time your family is gathered for prayer. Let each person take a handful,
but don't let anyone eat the candies yet. Explain that the color of the candies
will indicate the direction of the families' prayers. Lead your family in prayer
using this guide and stopping for prayer after explaining each color.
- For every green M & M you chose, pray for your spouse (present or
future) or some other significant person in your life. This is a great way to
get kids thinking about what qualities they want to find in a future mate. Encourage
them to pray for this person’s safety, spiritual and physical growth, and
- For every red M & M you chose, pray for a member of your
family by name (a parent, son, daughter, brother, sister, grandchild, niece, nephew,
cousin, aunt, uncle, and so on).
- For every orange M & M you chose,
pray for a teacher in your life (a co-worker, a professor, a pastor, a Bible study
leader, a child’s school teacher, a mentor, or another teacher).
every yellow M & M you chose, pray for one of your neighbors (a neighbor
near your home, an office-mate, a person whose desk is near yours at school, or
a neighbor close to your church).
- For every dark brown M & M you
chose, pray for a leader in your life (a politician, a local businessperson, a
celebrity, a member of your church’s staff, the President, or another leader).
- For every light brown M & M you chose, pray for Christians in other
This might be best used as an after dinner prayer
time. Repeat this process as often as you family's calorie intake allows!
FOR THE MEMORIES
Focus: Thanking God for responding to prayers
a box of memories in which you will collect mementos to remind you and your family
of God's active presence in your lives.
Begin by taking a shoe box or other
similar container and having family members decorate the outside of the box. (You
can use items such as wrapping paper, construction paper, stickers, and markers
Then tell your family, "Each time we notice God working
in response to one of our prayers, we’ll find something that will remind
us of what God has done and put it in this box."
Give your family examples
of what you mean, such as these:
- if a friend recovers from an illness,
you might put a get-well card in the box,
- if God provides for you financially,
you could drop a check stub in the box,
- if you pray for guidance and God leads
you in a certain direction, you may want to add a compass or road map to the box,
- if you pray for help on a test and do well, you might want to put a page of
your class notes into the box (after the test!).
After a week of
collecting items in your memories box, gather together to look through the box.
Use it to remind everyone of reasons for thanking God. Include in your prayer
a time of thanksgiving when you open the box and take out the mementos one by
one. As you examine each thing, have the family member who chose the item thank
God for what it represents and for the way God has worked in his or her life in
the past week.
At this point the box can be emptied and your family can
start over, or you may wish to leave these mementos in the box to serve as long-term
reminders of God’s work. Continue to add to the box as often as you like,
using it whenever you all need a reminder of how God has answered the prayers
of your family.
To comment on what you've read or to contact the authors,
please send email to: Nappaland@aol.com.
Family Prayer Adventures: Part Two adapted and reprinted by permission from 52
Fun Family Prayer Adventures by Mike & Amy Nappa, copyright ©1996 Nappaland
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