Praying with Your Kids
To make it easy to launch the habit of praying with your kids
Spend a few minutes reviewing the backside and thinking through the strategy that will work best for you.
Praying with your child will strengthen your relationship with them, nurture stronger faith within them, and reduce the level of tension in your home. As Pastor Jack Graham affirms, “The golden key that unlocks the potential of every child is the key of prayer.” Start using this key by praying with your child tonight.
Jump Start Prayers
Helpful ways to jump start a prayer routine with your children:
❑ Silent Prayers: If you are uncomfortable praying out loud, start by holding your child’s hand or resting your hand on his or her arm while offering silent prayers.
❑ Sentence Prayers: Take turns voicing very short, one-sentence prayers like “Please heal Uncle Paul” or “Thank you for giving Troy a new friend” or “I’m sorry for losing my temper with everyone earlier today.”
❑ High/Low Prayers: Have the child describe a high point and low point of his or her day. Then hold hands and give thanks for the high point and ask for help with the low point.
❑ Fill-in-the-Blank Prayers: Use pre-written language to guide and focus your prayer time. Use starter lines such as “God, I love You because ____” or “God, please help ____” or “God, I’m sorry for ____.”
❑ Blessing Prayers: Voice a short prayer of blessing as you gently hold your child such as the following Scripture:
The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the LORD lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace. —Numbers 6:24–26
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