Are you looking for unique ways to teach about prayer? Sometimes we can over-complicate some of the most basic principles taught in scripture. But in all actuality, it can be quite simple. Here are some practical ways to teach your kids about prayer.
5 Ways to Teach About Prayer
Talk about what prayer is.
Even if our kids see us (and others) praying, they may begin to question what it actually is. Start by explaining that prayer is talking to or having communication with God. Go a bit deeper and explain why it’s important that we talk to Him. In a nutshell, He is God of the universe who wants to have a relationship with us.
Show your kids how to pray.
Prayer can look many different ways, but one thing all kids can understand is what it’s like to talk to a friend. This same description can be used to show them how to pray. Explain that prayer is much like talking to your sibling or friend. They can tell God what is bothering them, things that make them happy, and what’s happened throughout their day.
Teach your kids that God cares about every aspect of their life and they can always talk to Him about anything.
Teach your kids what scripture says about prayer.
There are many passages in the Bible that explain what prayer is and how to do it. Look up a few to use as memory verses or as conversation starters. Below are a few scriptures for quick reference:
– 1 John 5:14
– 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
– Ephesians 1:18
– Jeremiah 29:12
– Job 22:27
Use prayer prompts.
Having a few resources on hand can make it easier to teach about prayer. Use a variety of prayer prompts to help you children begin their own prayer journey. Here are a few to help get you started:
– Today, I am thankful for…
– Lord, I’m sorry for…
– Please watch over my friend ____________…
– Thank You for giving me ___________…
– Please help me to be more ________…
And so on. The idea is to help your kids see how easy it is to talk to God about any and everything. It’s just like having a conversation with a friend or family member. Use the prompts to lead them into meaningful prayers.
Make a prayer card tin.
Prayer tins are super popular and a great way to put prayer into action. They are typically created using an Altoid mint box and a few embellishments. Kids are able to get super creative and use it to hold small prayer cards. It’s also a great way to keep up with what is being prayed for and to document prayers that have been answered. Your kids can also make them as gifts to give to others!
My Prayer Cards (FREE RESOURCE)
To help you teach your kids about prayer, I created a free resource that comes with several types of prayer cards. Each card has questions and answers and/or a prompt to help guide your kids in understanding prayer. All of the samples used above are on the cards, which means you’ll have them in a simple download and print format.