How to Cultivate a Robust Prayer Life in Children

How would you feel if your child only spoke to you twice in the day – in the morning when they woke up and at night before they went to bed? How do you think our heavenly father feels when we only talk to him in the morning and at night?

There are many ways to help you and your child’s prayers be a more meaningful conversation and be a special time with the Lord. Conversations allow you to express your emotions and needs, and they are how most of us communicate with each other. Prayer is a form of communication between us, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, and it is the most important type of communication!

Our children need to understand how crucial it is to have a robust prayer life and learn to pray without ceasing. If we pray continuously without ceasing, it will become second nature to us and our children. During this episode, Lee Ann shares a few pointers on teaching children to have a robust prayer life and to pray without ceasing.

“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.” -1 Thessalonians 5:16-18.

Lee Ann elaborates on the following tips to help your child have a robust prayer life:

  • Help your child list all their blessings and the beautiful things God created, such as the flowers, the sun, the ocean, the stars, the green grass, etc. Have them take one or two items a day and mention them in their prayers, giving thanks to God for those blessings.
  • Set an alarm for them to pray often during the day.
  • Practice connecting to the Holy Spirit during prayer time and listening to God.
  • Help your child understand that it’s okay if God doesn’t reply and that we should always wait on the Lord’s perfect timing.
  • At the end of prayer time, have your child thank the Lord again and tell him they love and trust him to answer them and guide them according to his perfect will.
  • Look for opportunities to pray.
  • Help them to become aware of the presence of God. He is everywhere. He is omnipresent.
  • Look back on your day with them in gratitude, and thank him for the big things, the little things, and everything in between.
  • Ask the Holy Spirit to help your child focus and to have the ability to recall and remember things that happened during the day or week; have them thank him for the many emotions they experienced during the day and thank him that they are alive and breathing and had one more day to enjoy all he has created.
  • Pray for tomorrow with them by asking God to prepare their heart for whatever he has planned for them. Pray for peace to approach the day confidently in the Lord to provide and protect. Ask for wisdom, discernment, and a grateful heart.
  • Have a real conversation as if God is sitting beside you when praying.

Resources: “Companion Guides” by Practicing the Way & “100 Things to Pray for Right Now” by Micah Klug.

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