Teaching Your Child to Pray
Having a conversation with the living God is one of the most natural things that we humans were created to do.
So why are so many people have trouble doing what they were created to do?
I believe, that if we took the time to teach our children about prayer while they were still young, they would have much more confidence in talking to God as they grow up.
So let's look at some of the basics of praying that you can share with your children.
What is Prayer?
Prayer is quite simply put, talking to and listening to God. Just as you would talk and listen to a friend, you can talk to and have a real relationship with God.
God's desire is that we would talk with Him. He has many wonderful things He wishes to share with us.
Jeremiah 33:3: "Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known."
Who Can Pray?
Anyone can pray of course but prayer is a gift specifically given to God's children with the sole purpose of communicating with Him. A gift given to those who have accepted Jesus as their Savior.
So the first prayer that you should pray with your children, after you have explained salvation to them in an age- appropriate way, and given them the choice, is the prayer for them to accept Christ.
The prayer to accept Christ as Savior is the one prayer that God will never say "no".
Of course God can answer the prayer of anyone He chooses, whether they are His child or not.
When can You Pray?
The simple answer is - anytime. Morning, noon and night and all the times in between.
Prayer is definitely should not something that one only does on Sunday.
The Bible tells us to "Pray without ceasing".
1 Thessalonians 5:17,18
"pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you."
Prayer should become a way of life, not something set aside for specific times.
Where can You Pray?
There is no-where that you cannot pray.
You can pray in bed, on the playing field, in church, when riding your bike (with open eyes of course), in the bath, at the table and so we could go on and on.
There really are no rules concerning prayer. It should be as natural as breathing.
In the next post we will look at the different types of prayer.