The bible says that man should always pray (Luke 18:1, I Thessalonians 5:16-18). Prayer is quintessential to our relationship with God along with our spiritual maturity and growth. This is why it is important that we teach our children how to pray. It is important that your Spirit filled child has an active prayer life. Learning to pray is what helps a child learn how to properly communicate with God and build a relationship.
Listed below are 5 tips for teaching children to pray:
1. Explain to them what prayer is as well as God's purpose for prayer.
Prayer is a vehicle that allows us to communicate with our heavenly prayer. Prayer is the medium that allows us to verbally release God's will in the earth.
2. Let them hear your pray out loud
It is important that our children hear and see us active in prayer. As parents our greatest audience is our children and we must lead by example.
3. Pray with them but encourage them to begin to lead in prayer
As children are learning to pray it is important to pray with them and as they become more comfortable allow them to begin "leading" in prayer and taking more of a lead role. This will build their confidence and it allows them to learn to pray with a greater level of independence.
4. Show them in the Word what God says about prayer
It is always important to know what God's word says about a particular matter. Because prayer is such an important part of our walk as believers that are plenty of scriptures about prayer. Listed below are several scriptural passages on prayer.
Philippians 4:6 - Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
Mark 11:24 - Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive [them], and ye shall have [them].
1 Thessalonians 5:17 - Pray without ceasing.
Matthew 6:7 - But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen [do]: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.
Matthew 26:41 - Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed [is] willing, but the flesh [is] weak.
James 5:16 - Confess [your] faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
Jeremiah 33:3 - Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.
Ephesians 6:18 - Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
Luke 18:1 - And he spake a parable unto them [to this end], that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;
5. Allow them room to pray about what is in their heart.
I can remember when my daughter was younger she would pray for Dora, Back Yardigans and any other cartoon pal she could think of because at that age she did not know any better. This type of behavior is normal for younger children. Now that she is older she know to pray for things that are appropriate and realistic and because she knows the voice of the Lord she is sensitive enough to be led by His Spirit in prayer.
The Lord desires for our children to seek Him and know Him from the place of prayer...