Religion in daily life

The Lord reaches out to everyone, inviting us to come to Him. But we are free to accept His invitation or not. Here are some ways to look to the Lord in our daily lives to help open our minds and hearts to receive Him.

Blessing before meals

Say a blessing to thank the Lord for His gifts as you sit down to eat a meal, saying or singing a blessing from the Word.

  • Oh, give thanks unto the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy is forever (Psalm 106:1-3).
  • Bless the Lord, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless His holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits (Psalm 103:1-2).
  • The Lord is good to all, and His tender mercies are over all His works (Psalm 145:9).
  • This is the day which the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. Amen (Psalm 118:24).
  • Where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them (Matthew 18:20).

Other ideas

Invite your child to choose a blessing to say at meal time.

Make a habit of having spontaneous prayers around the dinner table.

From the New Church Vineyard website

Bless the Lord, O My Soul color poster

A Week of Blessings for Mealtime

Praying to the Lord

Prayer is conversation with the Lord inviting Him to help us. Talking with the Lord about what is on our minds and in our hearts can lift us up and make us more receptive of what the Lord wants to give us.

  • Teach your children the Lord’s Prayer and say it with them.
  • Holding hands with your family when you pray can make prayer even more special.
  • Talk to the Lord in times of trouble. He already knows what is going on in our lives, so we might as well talk about it with Him!
  • Write a prayer to the Lord. One way to start is to look in Old or New Testament for one or two verses which praise the Lord, thank Him, or ask for His help.

From the New Church Vineyard website

Prayer organizer for talking with the Lord

Lord's Prayer calligraphy

Make a prayer journal

Reading the Lord's Word

The Lord speaks to us when we read or listen to the reading of His Word. He can also teach us by means of other people when we discuss the truths of the Word and ways to apply them. Here are some ideas for making the Word part of your daily life.

  • Set aside an area in your home for the Word.
  • Read the Word at the start of your day, after dinner, in worship, or at bedtime.
  • Reflect on the story: Who are the key people? What is happening? How do the people in the story feel? What is the Lord telling us in this part of His Word? How might this help you in your life?
  • Everything in the Word reflects some aspect of the Lord. Think about what idea of God is presented when you are reading the Word.