Prayer Primer for Parents

Learn the richness of this daily discipline with your child

8. Create a Closing: Come up with a closing together. For example: "Thank you for my family. Amen." This will help your child know prayer time is over and it's time to go to sleep. This can be especially useful when your child is tired and struggling and needs to be guided toward a conclusion.

9. Document Your Prayer Life: Keep a journal of the topics you and your child pray about for 30 days, and then review it to see how he or she is growing spiritually. Ask yourself: Is my child becoming more comfortable with the process? Is there anything I can do to make my child more comfortable?

10. Relax and Enjoy: Now that you have made prayer a regular part of your and your child's life, relax and enjoy the tradition you have created. Remember, it isn't about the length of the prayer, or whether or not it is profound or grammatically correct; it is about sharing your child's heart with God.

Prayer Starters

Sometimes figuring out how to begin a prayer is the most difficult part of the process. A Bible verse can be a helpful prompt for your child, giving him or her something to think about. First, read the verse to your child or have your child read the verse to you and ask what he or she thinks it means. Then discuss the possible meanings of the verse together. Ask your child to use the lesson as background or context for the prayer.

1. "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." (John 3:16)

Discuss: What does it mean to you that God gave us Jesus, that he sacrificed his Son for us?
Prayer: Let's thank God for everything he does for us, including giving us eternal life.

2. "But Jesus called the children to him and said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.' " (Luke 18:16)

Discuss: Why do you think children are special to God?
Prayer: Let's thank God for putting his hands beneath children and keeping them safe.

3. "For he will deliver the needy who cry out, the afflicted who have no one to help." (Psalm 72:12)

Discuss: Why is it so important to God that we help people in need?
Prayer: Are there people in your life or in the world in need that you want to ask God to help?

4. "The earth is the Lord's, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it." (Psalm 24:1)

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