- Use a game I call Musical Prayers. Place a chair for each participant in a circle. Tape a prayer target to each chair. Begin playing music and have everyone walk around the chairs. When the music stops, each person finds the nearest chair and prays for that need.
Use an inflatable world globe and pass it from person to person. When the music stops, the person holding the globe can choose a country. Then pray for the children in that country to know about Jesus.
Take your children on a prayer walk. Children are terrific prayer walkers because they enjoy movement. Plus, being “on site” makes the prayers more meaningful and concrete. To begin, walk around your neighborhood and ask God’s blessing and salvation on each family. Pray for the children in each home.
Give children the freedom to talk to God in different postures: sitting, standing, kneeling, marching, or bowing. When you have family prayer time, allow each person to choose a different posture for prayer.
Pray a Blessing
Praying a prayer of blessing on your child’s life each night at bedtime (or other times of the day) can bring comfort, reassurance, and hope to your child’s heart. Pray for God’s favor, protection, and peace. Thank the Lord for something specific, such as a gift, talent, or quality in your child.
An essential part of prayer is simply saying, “Thank you, God.” Try these suggestions when teaching children to pray with grateful hearts:
- Blessing Basket
- Best Part of the Day
- Family Journal
As you try different ways of connecting with God, children will learn that prayer is one of the greatest adventures in life. We have the privilege of calling on the God of the universe and then hearing from Him. We also have the privilege of teaching children to pray!
As Jeremiah 33:3 says: “Call to Me and I will answer you and tell you great and wondrous things you do not know.”