Family-Wide Prayer Experiment
"Pray constantly." –1 Thessalonians 5:17
"Pray for us to the Lord our God." –Jeremiah 37:3
"To this end we always pray for you…" –2 Thessalonians 1:11
On Sunday morning, June 23, 2013, a small group of seven cousins
attending the Minerd-Minard-Miner-Minor Reunion – having traveled from Ohio, Michigan, New York and Pennsylvania – gathered
to pray for each other and agreed to pray for the family at large over the
Kerry Fraas, a dear friend of the family with decades of roots
in The Pittsburgh Experiment,
led us in this conversation. Kerry, a lawyer, shared his story about changes
that came to his life after regular prayer with family members with whom he was
We agreed that God calls us to regular prayer about all the
things in life that matter to us, most especially our families, in good times
and otherwise. This "experiment" we are trying is not about being
religious or church-y but rather about an honest, authentic and personal
conversation with God as you know Him, giving Him control over the things that
concern you most.
The group agreed to advise the broad family about this unique
opportunity to be prayed for, and/or to pray for each other. If you wish to be
involved, please contact me privately and your name will be shared with the rest
of the group, but otherwise kept completely private. Any needs that are
expressed should primarily be family related, and are to be kept entirely in
Here’s what we ask you to agree to:
Pray regularly, even daily, for each other.
Simply lift each other’s needs to God and ask Him to work
Accept each other as-is, warts and all, as we enter into the
Honestly share our struggles, frustrations and pain as well
Be candid in describing worries and concerns, even if it
means being a little vulnerable.
Pay attention to every need expressed.
Be un-critical when others share a need, and don’t try to
"fix" or "judge."
Never, ever offer advice, unless specifically asked.
Trust that everything posted is kept strictly confidential.
Choose to be completely silent, if desired.
Should this prayer experiment appeal to you, please enter into this prayer experiment with the family at large.
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