• Jane van Deventer

You, Your Child and Prayer

How do people get to know one another? By talking, playing and generally just spending time together.

It is the same with our relationship with God. If you and your children don't make time to talk to God, you won't know Him

Being able to communicate with the living God is one of the great gifts that God has given us. So let's take a look at how you can make prayer time a truly meaningful experience for your children.

Prayer Starts with You

Children will imitate what you do more than they will do what you tell them to do. So it is important for your child to see you talking to God.

Tell them when you need to have "alone time" so that you can talk to God. A time when they are not to disturb you - unless it's an emergency of course.

Tell them when you have something special or important to talk to Him about and make sure to share with them when you have received an answer to a specific prayer.

Teach them to have their own "alone time" with God.

Pray Together

Spend time, preferably in the morning before everyone goes their separate ways, to talk to God about the day ahead and ask for His blessing.

Thank God for His protection during the night and ask Him to help you and your children make the right decisions for the day ahead.

If there is something specific happening, like exams or a job interview for example, pray about that together too.

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Keep Prayer Simple but Real

Simply reciting the same little prayer each time at bedtime or repeating the same prayer when saying grace, is not real prayer. It may well be a way to teach very young children to start praying, but real prayer needs to come from the heart.

Remember to use simple, easy to understand language when you are praying with young children so that it doesn't sound too intimidating to them.

Pray with other Believers

Let your children see you praying in a group with other believers. This shows them that there is no need to be ashamed of talking to God in front of others.

Encourage them to do the same. In prayer time at school or at Church or even for a friend who may be sick in hospital for example.

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What can You Teach your Child about Prayer?

There are a few basic things you can teach your children about prayer

  • What is Prayer?

  • Who can pray?

  • When can you pray?

  • Where can you pray?

We will take a look at each one of these aspects of prayer in the next post. In the meantime, ask God for wisdom as you prepare to prepare your child for eternity.

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