One of the most valuable skills you can teach children is how to talk to God in prayer. The answers to the questions in this article will help children understand how to pray.
What does it mean to say a prayer?
When we say a prayer, we are talking to God. The prayer can be said out loud, where everyone can hear it. Or we can think the words we pray inside our heads. So God can hear our voices when we pray out loud, and he can hear our prayers even if we only think them.
Why should children talk to God?
God loves children, and wants to be their friend. He enjoys hearing their voices, just like their friends enjoy hearing their voices. We call it praying when we talk to God.
When should children pray?
God likes it when children plan a special time to talk to him every day. That could be in the morning before leaving the house, or at night before going to sleep. Some families thank God for their food before they eat. But the truth is, a child can pray any time of the day or night. God is always awake. God is always ready to listen to the prayers of children.
Do children need to put on special clothes to pray? What children wear when they pray is not important to God. He is not judging their clothes. Whether the clothes are new or old, clean or dirty, God does not care. He is listening to their voices. However, when children are at church, it is polite to take off their hats.
Do children have to be in a special place to pray?
Some children might think they need to be in church to talk to God. That is a special place to pray, but God is present everywhere. He’s out on their school playground and in the school bus. He’s in the backyard and in the car and at their friends and grandma’s house. So no matter where children are, God will listen to their prayers.
Do children have to use special words when they pray?
God expects children to pray using the same words they say when they speak to their mother or father or friends. Children can talk to God using the words they know. No fancy words are necessary.
Do children need to place their hands together before they pray?
It is okay for children to place the palms of their hands together when they pray, but it is not required. Children can pray to God when they are standing or sitting, stretched out flat on the floor, or kneeling. No matter what position children are in, God will listen to their prayers.
Do children need to be by themselves to talk to God?
God listens to the prayers of only one person, a huge crowd of people, or a small group of people. Whether there is one person or one hundred people, God can still hear everyone’s prayer.
What types of prayers can children pray?
A prayer of praise: Children can praise God for loving them and listening to them.
A prayer of thanks: Children can thank God for answering their prayers. They can also thank God for their family, friends, and successes. God loves to hear prayers of thanksgiving.
A prayer request: Children can ask God to heal someone who is sick; to find a solution to a problem they have or someone else has; to keep them safe; to provide something they need.
A prayer of forgiveness: Children can ask God to forgive them if they have done something that they know displeases him.
Plan a time today to teach your child how to pray.