Over the past few weeks, we have been looking at different ways that we can be diligent in the teaching of our children. We looked at the scriptures that are key in why this would be important. We started our in depth journey with talking about having family devotions. We then talked about the importance of training and teaching our children to have their own personal quiet times. This week, we are going to move forward and talk about the importance of praying and praise, and teaching these attitudes to our children.
Prayer can be a hard thing to grasp- even for adults. When we look in scriptures, it is the only thing we see the Disciples asking Jesus to teach them – and from that we get the Lord’s Prayer. So, how then, do we teach it to our children?
1) We pray in front of them – out loud. I know that seems to be pretty self explanatory, and many people don’t like to pray out loud in front of others and that might even be in front of their children. We need to pray, out loud – and for more then just meals.
2) Pray often – The Bible tells us to pray without ceasing- and so because of that, we need to keep the opportunities to pray with our children open. We have taught our children to pray when we see an ambulance or a wreck on the road. We have taught them to pray for friends boo boos and sadness. We pray with our kids when we discipline them. We pray with them to help them make good choices. The more opportunities we find to pray with our kids (and the Lord gives us plenty!) the more comfortable they will be in praying.
I have two great resources I want to share when it comes to prayer. One thing our family does during our family devotion time is the Prayer Box. We have a shoe box that is filled with Christmas Cards – and each day, one child picks a card and we pray for the family and friends that we find on the card. When I get prayer request from those friends and family- I write it on an index card and paper clip it to the card. We also have missionary prayer cards in there, or family photos, or pictures of our kids friends. I also print pictures of family or friends who need consistent prayer, and lay those on the top of the box. Another great resource for praying with kids, especially in regards to them personally, is from Time Warp Wife – she has prayer cards! There are 31 cards, and each one has a different verse that helps our kids pray scripture back to God! There is nothing more powerful to pray in all the world that God’s very Words!
I also wanted to touch on teaching them to Praise. Praise can be a hard thing. However, it is part of our prayer life. Find moments to thank God for all He is doing- especially the small things. A parking place, a beautiful day, or a lunch out are all reasons to start small and teach your kids that praising God for each thing that He brings in our life is important!
As we diligently teach our kids to Pray and Praise, we are teaching them to lead lives of Worship.
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