When children are young, finding words to pray can sometimes be challenging. This is the reason many of us know the faithful prayer “Now I lay me down to sleep…” Reciting prayers can be helpful for children to form words and habits of prayer. Encouraging your children to form their own words is truly wonderful, but for times they need a little help, a short memorized prayer is a great way to continue God-honoring behavior.
Simple habits for young children potentially develop into powerful prayer habits as adults. Here are just a few tips on ways our family has discovered to unify our hearts regarding prayer (and not that we’ve perfected them by any means!):
- Close your eyes. This is simply a sign of reverence.
- Fold your hands. This will help them stay focused.
- Or hold hands with family members. Doing this signals unity in prayer and love for family.
- Keep prayer reminders on the fridge- a great way to keep prayer a priority.
- Use prayer journals to track prayers and answers to prayers.
- Pray at the same time each day. Before meals and at bedtime have really worked for us.
The above are just a few ideas our family has found to encourage prayer in the lives of children. I also wrote this child’s prayer of thanks. This short prayer can assist in keeping a positive attitude and remembering the Provider of all blessings.
For all You give:
A place to live.
I thank you for my family too
And I want you to know
that I love you.
Today I have the most precious children’s book up for giveaway! 12 Little Blessings is a book about counting God’s provisions. Each page includes a Bible verse and a two phrase prayer, perfectly designed for children ages 3-7.
I love this little book and so do my kiddos, especially my two youngest. As part of the Really Woolly brand, the sweet animal characters in the book are fun and cute. The soft sweet rhymes are a wonderful reminder that God is the giver of every wonderful thing. This book is also a great tool for teaching your children to count! Here’s a little preview of the book:
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Isn’t the Really Woolly brand sooo adorable?
I was thinking the colors of the book are perfect to tuck in an Easter basket and then I discovered a couple items that would be super cute with it! Here’s the puzzle:
Really Woolly – John 3:16 – Easter Puzzle – $2.99
from: DaySpring Cards Inc
And this wonderful set to keep the focus on Christ at Easter:
Really Woolly Kids – Jesus is Risen! Celebration Set – $2.99
from: DaySpring Cards Inc
If you’d like to see more information or order this sweet DaySpring 12 Little Blessings book, click here. And if you want to tuck in the Jelly Bean Poem in your Easter baskets or to give away as sweet Gospel reminders, then click here for the free printables.
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