Here’s a favorite Family Friday post from the stuhodges.com vault. As school winds down for the year, use the summer to practice prayer with your kids!
It’s time for…Family Friday! Can I just be honest with you? ”God is great, God is good” just isn’t cutting it! Neither is, “Now I lay me down to sleep…” I want to teach my kids the value of prayer which means that I have to teach them how to pray. Memorized nursery rhymes are great “starters” for your kids, but as they get older, it’s important that you help them use their own words to talk to God. The problem is, many times our kids aren’t quite sure what to say to God. That’s when it’s your turn to step in! Here are some ideas that I use with my kids to help them pray bigger prayers than “thank you for the meat, let’s eat!”
– Praying for others is really important. I’ll sometimes ask my kids to pray for a friend at school who is having a hard time or pray for someone we know that is sick.
– When we’re trying to make an important decision, I’ll direct my kids to pray for wisdom from God…ask God what we should do.
– Being thankful is often overlooked in prayer. Last night, I told my kids to thank God for 10 things and ask Him for only 1. I came back in the room a few minutes later and they updated me on their prayers.
– After we read the Bible using either the Waters Edge web notes or the Kid Kraze God Time card, I will ask them to pray about what we just read.
These are just little ways that we teach the value of prayer and help our kids practice it in their own lives!