Engaging children with prayer
What a privilege it is to engage children in the process of learning how to pray. Children often dive in with great faith and trust. While they sometimes pray unusual (even hilarious) prayers, they model a simple conversation that God loves to respond to.
Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it”
(Mark 10:15 NIV).
• Teach children specific prayers, such as
The Lord’s Prayer, and simple prayer for meals.
Teach them what the prayers means and why we pray them.
• Teach children to personalize the memorized prayers by adding something during or at the end of the prayer.
• Teach children to thank God by having them think through their day and tell God thanks. This is a great thing to do as parents as well!
• Make a list and then go back and forth in prayer with simple and short prayers about the specific persons and items on this list.
• Consider having a prayer journal to record both prayers and answers. Nothing encourages prayer like answered prayers.
• Encourage children to pray on their own whenever they are hurt, down, lonely, or afraid. Give them Bible verses to quote in their prayers.
We also have the responsibility of praying for our children and grandchildren. Praying for them aligns us with God’s design for shaping and molding children. Prayer releases the power of the
Holy Spirit to bring forth God’s purpose and character in our children.
Though there is no “right” or “wrong” way to pray, there certainly are encouraging resources available to guide us in
praying God’s will for our children. Below you will find books that are great starts to developing a prayer life for and with your children. Start simple. The key here is developing and sticking
with a pattern. Whether it is a daily bedtime prayer or a weekly prayer journal, your heart will be evident to the One who hears your every word.