How to teach kids about Prayer

If you want to teach your kids about prayer, it would help to answer the question: What is Prayer?

How would you answer that question?

Many people would answer by saying prayer is asking God for something- maybe money, maybe help. But prayer is so much more than asking.

A very simple way to think about prayer is:

  • Communicating with God
  • Talking to God
  • Listening to God

Teach Kids about Prayer with a Prayer Pact

That’s it! Prayer is that simple. Communication with God. Asking God for something is actually a part of prayer. But there is much more than that. What are 4 elements of prayer you can teach your kids?

P   –  praise

           Praising God is an important part of our relationship with Him. He is the God of Creation after all!

A  –    ask

           It is OK to ask God for what need. Be it something material, physical, or spiritual, God wants to help you. Ask Him for what you need.

C –      confess

           Confession is what begins the transformation in our heart. By confessing our sins, we are asking for God’s forgiveness, and with a repentant heart we move forward and allow God to change us from the inside out.

T –      thanksgiving

           We have so many things to be thankful for. God has blessed you in so many ways. I’m sure you are grateful for what God has done for you, but when was the last time you thanked Him? You probably thank him for your food when you eat, but do you thank him for your school supplies? Or your family? What about pets? Or anything else?  Be sure to take time to thank God for all he has done for you.

Many of the prayers we see modeled in the Bible include one or more of these elements.  By remembering the Prayer PACT, you will find it easier and easier to pray.

Questions about Prayer

What is prayer?

A very simple way to think about prayer is communicating with God: talking to God, and listening to God

When should kids pray?

Prayer is an all the time activity (“Pray without ceasing” 1 Thes. 5:17). Kids can pray for their food, to thank God for something, or to ask God for something.

What are 4 elements to prayer?

P- Praise
A- Ask
C- Confess
T- Thanksgiving

Are you interested in helping your kids learn that prayer doesn’t have to be complicated? Through the Prayer Pact, kids will keep a prayer journal and explore what prayer is, when to pray, and keep track of their prayers for a month. There is even a place to record answered prayers. This will be a great help as they begin to form and build their spiritual foundation. As you go through your 30 day Prayer Pact Journal you will explore 30 different Bible passages on the topic of prayer. With spaces to record a daily PACT (praise, ask, confession, thanks) you will end up with a month’s worth of prayers. There is also a time to reflect on your answered prayers. If you are interested in learning more about prayer, or if you are wanting to pray more, Prayer Pact is for you.

About the Author

Ron is happily married to his best friend, and dad to the best daughter you could imagine. As a teacher and children's pastor, he has over 20 years experience of teaching, leading, writing, creating and consulting. He has written for churches, contributed to several collaborative publications, and written a #1 Best Selling Devotional, Got Fruit? on Amazon. His blog is consistantly listed in the Top 40 Children's Ministry Blogs and Websites. Don't hesitate to ask if you think he could help you and your ministry in any way.

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