How to Teach Kids to Pray – Better Bible Teachers
Most children these days are learning to repeat something that sounds like a prayer, but they may not be praying according to God’s definition. How can we help children pray without giving them a “fill-in-the-blank” type of formula?
1. Start early
Instead of saying, “Billy, say this:_____,” ask them leading questions like, “What do you want to tell God?” before you pray with them.
2. Teach kids what prayer is
Because we might use “big,” formal words and a more respectful tone in prayer, it can sound very different to kids than “normal” speaking. Help kids understand that prayer is our way of communicating with God through the Word.
3. Teach them how, not what
We need to teach kids how to pray, not what to say, because Jesus modeled it for them. Teach kids that these are all things we can and should say to God, and that Jesus included others in His prayer, which is something we should do as well.
4. Use popular “methods” sparingly
There are a lot of “five-finger prayer” methods out there, but you shouldn’t hold your kids to them; instead, teach these methods as a way of explaining what kinds of things we can pray about, not as strict guidelines.
5. Help them understand that prayer is not a ritual
Prayer is not a ritual; to spend time with God, children must have a genuine relationship with Him. Emphasize the importance of developing a relationship with God by teaching children how to spend time reading God’s Word each day. Parents should also spend time reading the Bible and praying with their children.
6. Help them understand the power of prayer
Use Bible examples of how God has answered prayer to show kids how powerful prayer is, and make sure they understand that God doesn’t always answer our requests the way we want him to.
7. Don’t pray only at certain times
You can pray at any time during Sunday School, and you can pray with your kids at different times throughout the day at home. Make sure your kids understand that having their eyes closed is only so they don’t get distracted; of course, we can pray with our eyes open!
8. Lead by example
Don’t be afraid to include kids in your prayer time at home; after the Bible, your example is the most effective way to teach kids to pray, so make sure you’re sincere when you pray out loud in front of them. They’re looking to you for guidance, just as Jesus’ disciples looked to him for guidance.
How do I teach my child to pray to God?
Here’s an example of how you can model these prayers:
- Begin by thanking God for being with you and providing for your family, thanking him for his great, unconditional love, and expressing your reverence for all that he is.
- Then, present your needs and requests to God.
How do you teach children the power of prayer?
- TO LISTEN FOR GOD. Ask them to listen for God’s voice often.
- TO CAST THEIR CARE.
- PRAY FOR OTHERS.
- THANK GOD.
- TO ASK GOD TO FORGIVE THEIR MISTAKES.
- TEACH THEM HOW TO PRAY.
- GOD CARES ABOUT EVERY LITTLE AND BIG THING.
How do you teach prayer?
Keep your prayer honest but upbeat so they get a good idea of your positive relationship with God. This can also be a good way to show your child how to stand or sit during prayer, especially if your faith requires special movements for prayer.
What is the child’s prayer to God?
u201cNow I lay me down to sleep; I pray the Lord to keep my soul; may God keep me safe all night, and wake me up with the morning light.u201d
How do I teach my 3 year old to pray?
Teach them to pray for healing by praying over their hurts, pains, and illnesses; teach them to pray for forgiveness by assisting them in praying after they have sinned; and teach them to pray for others by sharing prayer requests and praying together.
How should a beginner pray?
What is the procedure for praying?
- Recognize God’s will and sovereignty.
- Express your needs and remember to pray for others.
- Repent and ask for forgiveness.
- Ask God to keep you from temptation.
- Close with praise and adoration.
What is the important of prayer?
Prayer is your conversation with God; it’s how you can build a personal, meaningful relationship with the God of the universe who loves you; it’s how he can work miracles in your heart; and it’s how he can align your life with his vision and plans through prayer.
What is prayer activity?
Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. Christian youth prayer activities are when you plan a game or activity with the focus on prayer, such as praying for each other, praying for a country, or learning prayer habits.
What are the 5 basic prayer?
Adoration, contrition, thanksgiving, and supplication, abbreviated as A.C.T.S., are the four basic forms of prayer. The Liturgy of the Hours, the seven canonical hours of the Catholic Church prayed at set prayer times, is recited daily by clergy, religious, and devout believers.
What is the 4 types of prayer?
u201cPrayer is the raising of the mind and heart to God or the requesting of good things from God,u201d writes John Damascene. This definition encompasses the four main types of prayer: adoration, contrition, thanksgiving, and supplication.
Is there a wrong way to pray?
There is no wrong way to pray; people need assurance that what they are doing is correct. Just as children each have their own way of communicating with their parents, we have our own way of communicating with God.
How do you bless a child?
Bless your child before going to bed. It can be as simple as saying, “God bless you, sweet boy,” or making the sign of the cross with your thumb on the child’s forehead. The words and gesture can feel like a blanket, a soft covering before the child enters the darkness just before sleep.
How do I pray to protect my child?
Lord, we know You love all children, and we pray that You would protect their growing bodies when they must work, keeping them safe and free of injuries and toxins.
What is a good Bible verse for a child?
14 Bible Verses for Children and Children’s Bible Verses
- Colossians 3:20 says, “Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord.”
- Psalm 107:1 says, “Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good
- His love endures forever.”
- Ephesians 4:32 says, “Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good
- His love endures forever.”