Teaching Children to Pray

teaching children to pray

Teaching children to pray is a topic I’ve not approached on the blog, because frankly I’m still trying to figure it out. Any time I write from a parenting view, I must preface it with “Work In Progress.” But I love to share the ideas I’ve found that work for an area of teaching children, as well as maybe a few that don’t. I can always rely on you, my awesome readers, to share your ideas for a topic and that is what makes a community. So today, let’s chat about prayer and more specifically, teaching children to pray.

Many times over I’ve told you that my husband and I pray with each of our children each night individually. Our children also pray alone in their beds and this was not something we prompted. The habit just naturally happened as a result of praying with each of them at night from the time they were born. We are working on their ability/boldness to pray aloud in front of others and sometimes it is tough. I never want to push my faith on them, but provide them with the opportunity to discover the beauty of a true relationship with Jesus.

Having a model or guide for prayer can assist anyone to learn to pray. Here on the blog, there are two well-loved prayer tools available:

1. The CH@T prayer bookmark comes in all different colors and can also be printed to use as a prayer journaling page. This tool is fabulous for adults and children alike; my kiddos use this simple guide for their prayer journals.

2. The Prayer by Color guide is an easy way to remember prayer goals also. Available in bookmark form, this guide uses the 8 basic colors of a crayon box as reminders to pray for the needs of a child. This particular guide could also be used to teach children how to pray through their own needs.

Most Bible teaching I’ve heard on prayer begins with the Lord’s Prayer because Jesus himself taught the disciples to pray. Can you imagine what that must have been like? To have the Son of God stand before you and say these words:

Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen. Matthew 6:9-13

I can’t imagine what must have been going through their minds as their senses took in this scene. If you’d like to learn more about what Jesus spoke to the disciples on the subject of prayer in addition to the verses above, Matthew 6 is the chapter you’ll want to read.

And for us today, the Lord’s Prayer is still used as a model to learn to speak to God, our heavenly Father, who loves us so very much.

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To help your child memorize this prayer is truly special and I’ve found a sweet book that will serve as your tool to do just that! Take a peek at this simple, yet colorful and engaging board book:

If you’d like to order this book, you can do so right here.

And I’m excited to be giving away a copy of this awesome children’s book on prayer! Follow the Rafflecopter and I’ll see you tomorrow!

Rachel

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A Prayer for When You Feel Disappointed and A Special Request

Feeling disappointed is different from feeling discouraged, don’t you think?  Usually, it means you had a hope or dream and it simply didn’t come to fruition. Many times, disappointment is the direct result of losing something or someone. The expectation for one outcome is overturned by another. It can happen when something or someone steals an anticipated joy. It hurts. I don’t have to tell you that.

Jesus was disappointed in his disciples when they prayed in the garden that night. The very night he would be betrayed- and they couldn’t watch with him for even an hour? I can’t imagine the depth of his disappointment, but when he felt this disappointment, he prayed. I wish I could tell you that every time I feel disappointed, I pray. But it’s not always my first reaction. Though I’m working on it- probably just like you are.

On this Whimsical Wednesday, I wanted to share this prayer for when you feel disappointed.

Dear Father,
How my heart aches as I bow before you.
I thought I knew best,
But it didn’t happen that way.
Now I feel so disappointed.
In the situation…
In the outcome…
In life.
Negative thoughts are swarming my mind;
I need trust in your plan to replace them.
Weakness engulfs my spirit;
I need you to flood it with strength.
Joy has been hijacked from my heart;
I need filled as only you can.
May praise return to my lips
For you never disappoint.

Amen.

prayer for when you feel disappointed

If this prayer met you where you are, then be sure to check out Extraordinary Prayers for Everyday Living- the new Prayer Directory- if you haven’t already. This new page outlines all the prayers posted on the blog in one convenient location.

Bloggers, thanks for taking the time to link up each week! I’m looking forward to checking out your posts of Christian encouragement today.

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A Special Request

Don’t forget Team #LiftYourVoice is scheduled to compete on GSN’s American Bible Challenge show on Thursday, June 19th, 8/7c! Could I ask you a special favor? Would you join our Facebook Pledge to Watch Campaign to raise awareness for our charity, the National MPS Society? Just click here to join. I’ll love you forever. Oh, you’re right. I love you either way.

Have a wonder-filled Wednesday!
Rachel



Prayers for Every Day

extraordinary prayers I’m excited to introduce to you the new Prayer Directory page on the blog today!!

I can’t remember how long I’ve been writing prayers, but at the beginning of this year, I had the intention of formatting them into an ebook. Since I haven’t carved out the time to do that just yet, I wanted to place each post into a nice, organized directory format so that you can find your favorites easily, although I know many of you have certain ones bookmarked or pinned that speak specifically to your personal situations and circumstances. Consider this your go-to place for prayers for every day.

Though there is nothing extraordinary about the words of the prayers, the Almighty God to whom we pray is beyond extraordinary. A conversation with you  or me is precious to our Father and He loves to listen to us pray so much that our prayers are kept in a treasure box as incense. (Rev. 5:8)

Can I ask you a favor?If these prayers are something you would love to own in the form of a book, would you leave a comment on this post? And could I be so bold as to ask you what type of book you see, if any? Coffee table with beautiful photos or a prayer journal with a blank page after each prayer so you can write your own prayer or list prayer requests? Maybe a prayer devotional? I would so appreciate knowing your thoughts in more detail.

Check out the new Prayer Directory right here and then come back to this post to let me know what you think! I need your opinions!

Have a thriving Thursday!

Rachel