Want to teach children to pray but not sure when to start or how to do it? These free printable prayer prompts are an excellent guide for helping children know what to pray about.
As we are spending the month improving the spiritual health of our family, we have tried to be more intentional during our evening prayer and song before bed.
Teaching children to pray
Sometimes, our insecurity in teaching kids to pray begins with our own apprehension. Always remember that prayer is a conversation. You don’t hesitate to talk to the other people in your life and you can talk to God the same way.
Some people find it helpful to remember the acrostic ACTS when praying:
A – Adoration (bragging to God about God)
C – Confession (recognizing the things in your life that need to be changed)
T – Thanksgiving (thanking God for all He has done)
S – Stuff (all the other things that you need to pray about including other people and your needs)
However, there is not a preferred formula required when talking to God. He just wants to hear from us.
This is the mindset with which we should teach our children to pray.
At what age should you teach a child to pray?
Many parents wonder if their children are too young to teach about prayer. Honestly, I don’t think you can start too early, but it’s never too late.
Is there a correct posture of prayer you should teach children?
We taught our children that you can pray anywhere with your eyes open or closed but it is best to find a quiet place away from distractions where you can concentrate.
Then, we explained how closing your eyes and sitting quietly can help keep you from being distracted when you are in a group.
How can you help children pray out loud?
Our children have been exposed to prayer since before birth (if that is possible.) Even so, they can be apprehensive about praying out loud.
The best way to teach children to pray out loud is allow them to see you pray. And pray often. Not just as mealtimes and not a memorized prayer. But prayer from the heart.
What should children pray about?
As we tried to teach the children, we never forced one of them to pray but would ask for a volunteer. Inevitably, one of the children would say, “I don’t know what to pray about.”
These printable prayer prompt cards help spark ideas for prayer while also teaching that prayer is about thanking and interceding for others as well as asking for things we need.
The cards also have Scriptures on the bottom to affirm that we can talk to God anytime and about anything.
Free Prayer Prompt Cards for Kids
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Great Bibles for Kids
As part of any conversation, prayer is not just about talking to God but listening to Him as well. I believe God speaks to us in many ways but His primary form of communication is through His Word, the Bible.
These are excellent starter Bibles for kids:
Other Bible lessons for kids
These other character lessons might be helpful as you raise your children to know God and to love Him.
- Teaching Children About Diligence
- Teaching Children Leadership and Teamwork with Chores
- Printable Divisions of the Bible Cards
- Jesse Tree Ornaments, Printables, and More
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