Praying with Children

Monday, November 1, 2010

5 Ways to Pray More with your Children
One thing that has helped my spiritual life is praying with my children. It's never too early to start praying with them. At our home we incorporate prayer throughout our day. We pray for our meals (before she has her bottle too), we pray for my husband and our family all over the world. We sing praises throughout the day. If we are all stationed somewhere we do a Bible reading (usually a few verses of the book of Proverbs). My oldest one has learned to say Amen, so whenever he starts saying it, we start praying. 
Children praying at Chapel Hill SchoolOur desire as parents is that they learn to pray without ceasing and they know that you can do it anywhere at any time. By the simple fact that I am praying with them, I'm encouraged and strengthened in my walk with God. 

Here are other ways to incorporate more prayer with children during the day:

1 • Pray at set times of the day such as meal times, when they wake up, when they go to sleep. 
2 • Say a blessing over them. Speak God's word over their future. For example: "LP, I bless you to  live a long life. All will go well with you. You are a man who knows how to honor God, your parents and all people."
3 • Say prayers of thanksgiving. If it's raining for example, look outside the window and say 'thank you God for sending us rain, in Jesus' name." 
4 • Teach them how to pray in Jesus' name by being consistent with it at the end of your own prayers. 
5 • Pray the Word of God. As we read our devotionals, we pray what we just read. For example, if we read a few verses of Psalm 23, we may pray ' Lord, we thank you that goodness and mercy shall follow Z Girl all the days of her life, in Jesus' name, amen." 

I post this document close to the changing table so that I remember to pray more for my kids (this was given to me when I visited a church last year):

Pray over each child that every bone, muscle, organ will develop properly, eyes
will have 20/20 vision, teeth come in straight and without difficulty, and will be
able to hear properly.
Quote the following scriptures over each child:
o _______ is more than a conqueror. Romans 8:37
o _______ can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens him.
Philippians 4:13
o _______ is a disciple of Christ, taught of the Lord and obedient to His
will; and great is his peace and undisturbed composure. Isaiah 54:13
o _______ is the head and not the tail. Deuteronomy 28:13
o _______ increases in wisdom and in favor with God and man. Luke 2:52
o _______ is an overcomer, because he is born of God. I John 5:4-5
o _______ obeys his parents and all will be well with him and he’ll live long
on the earth. Ephesians 6:1-3
o _______ is led by the inner-man; he obeys God’s voice. Deuteronomy
o _______ is redeemed from the curse of the law; Jesus bore his sickness
and carried his disease. Galatians 3:13
o _______ ‘s body operates in perfection as it was created to. Matthew 8:17
o Jesus is Lord over _______’s spirit, soul and body. Philippians 2:9-11
o _______ is set apart to serve God. Psalm 4:3
o God’s goodness will continue on _______. Psalm 145:4
o The hand of God is upon _______. Nehemiah 2:8
o God’s blessings are upon me & _______.
o _______ has a desire for the things of God. Matthew 5:6
o The future is blessed for _______. Jeremiah 29:11
o _______’s steps are ordered by the Lord. Psalm 37:23
o _______ lives under a heavy anointing. Isaiah 10:27
o God initiates all of _______’s friendships. Colossians 2:2
o _______ knows the voice of the Good Shepherd. John 10:4
o _______ is destined to live in victory. Romans 5:17
o Jesus paid the price for victory for _______. 2 Corinthians 2:14
o _______ lives in prosperity in every area of his life.
o _______ continues to grow and become strong, becoming full of wisdom
and the grace of God is upon him. Luke 2:40
o _______ will seek God and shall fear the LORD and His goodness.

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Barbara Lucas said...

não compreendo, risos.


deixo também um coladinho, com uma proposta:

vamos fazer do mês de novembro um mês perfeito??? te convido prá NOVEMBRADA LIGHT
eu to nessa... pegue o selinho no meu blog, divulgue, imprima, cole na porta da geladeira, ao lado do monitor do computador... faça dele seu papel de parede...
vamo q vamo!

Karen said...

What a wonderful list of how to pray with and for your kids. You will see the fruit of this! Another resource is