The most basic definition of prayer is “talking to God.” Prayer is not meditation or passive reflection; it is direct address to God. It is the communication of the human soul with the Lord who created the soul. Prayer is the primary way for the believer in Jesus Christ to communicate his emotions and desires with God and to fellowship with God.
As adults we have learned how to pray over the years, however our children are still learning. We, as parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, teachers, leaders, etc.; it is our job teach them. Many begin with the simple prayer of “now I lay me down to sleep; I pray the Lord my soul to keep and if I should die before I wake, I pray to God my soul to take.” Not only should we teach to pray before they go to sleep but to also pray when they wake.
Teaching your children to pray in the morning is simple and it’s a great habit to teach them. Below are some ideas of morning prayers your child can use as a guide:
Father God, I thank you for this new day. I thank you that you love me and are with me today. Amen
Father God, please be with me today in everything I will face. Help me to learn well at school. I pray that I would be a good friend to those around me today. Amen
Father God, I thank you for everything you have done for me. I thank you for my family and my friends. I thank you that you love me so much that you sent your son Jesus for me.
Most children enjoy saying their prayers at bedtime. If you are looking for a few simple prayers to teach your children for bedtime, see below.
Father God, I thank you for being with me today. I thank you that you were alongside me in everything I faced today. Please help me in the week ahead. I thank you that you will never leave me. Amen
Father God, I thank you for everything you have blessed me with today. Thank you for my friends and family. Thank you for keeping me safe. Amen
Father God, I pray you would help me sleep well tonight. I thank you that you love me and care for me. Amen
Prayer is our weapon. What better way to equip our children for a great life than to teach them how to prayer?
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