10 Opportunities to Model Prayer with Your Children
As a parent, there are many moments when I have no idea what I’m doing. Furthermore, there are many moments when I feel like a total failure.
But there are those rare, glimmering moments when I know I’m doing something right.
Like when I pray with my children.
Despite all my imperfection, God will always be true and perfect. Teaching our children when and how to communicate with Him is one surefire thing we can do to point them in the right direction.
So what does this look like? Here are ten ideas to get you started.
- When they are afraid - whether during a thunder storm or in the dark of their room. Use this as an opportunity to model taking fears to God, asking for His peace and protection, and trusting Him.
- When something good happens - Pause with them to give God praise for the blessings He gives, no matter how big or small.
- When you are already praying internally - I have caught myself many times praying silently in the presence of my children, perhaps when we’re driving on icy roads or when I’m desperately searching for a parking spot. When I notice myself doing this, I simply vocalize these prayers so my children can observe and participate, both in the asking and often in the miraculous receiving.
- When you sin - especially if it’s against your child in some way. Perhaps you’ve lost your temper or hurt them with your words inappropriately. Model humility and confession by asking their forgiveness and then praying with them for God’s forgiveness.
- When they sin - At many points they will dishonor you by disobeying or act selfishly towards another child, for such is the condition of the human heart. When this happens, pull them out of the situation to talk to them. Delve into the heart of the matter with them and help them see their sinfulness. It is powerful to end by taking these sins to the Cross and asking God’s forgiveness together.
- When you are in need - Perhaps you need your cell phone reception for an important call, or you need a job or money. Whatever your need, show your children how to bring your request before God and trust Him. That means no more anxiety for you, Mama.
- When there is sickness - God is the Great Healer. It’s ok and right to ask Him to heal you, your children, or others when they’re sick or hurt. If you ask, you may just be surprised when He answers you.
- At bedtime - This is a special time for us. We model worshiping God, interceding for others, and praying blessings over our children. We call out good things that we see in the child and in thankfulness, ask God to continue developing and growing them in that area. We pray for wisdom as parents and for them to make good decisions and to love God.
- At mealtimes – The food we eat has been provided by God. Teach them to acknowledge this.
- Just because - Show your children the continuous, free-flowing nature of prayer. There doesn’t have to be a reason to talk to our Heavenly Father.
When and how do you pray with your children?
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Hi! I’m Katie. I’m a young-ish, stay-at-home mom of two adorably-fun little ones, and I live a life devoted to Jesus. I love to write, and I focus my energy on living simply and well. You can find me blogging over at Embracing a Simpler Life.