ideas – kidsprayer.com http://www.kidsprayer.com World Network of Prayer Sun, 28 Oct 2018 02:59:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.9 Idea for Teaching Small Children to Pray http://www.kidsprayer.com/adults/ideas/idea-for-teaching-small-children-to-pray/ Wed, 17 Oct 2018 14:59:46 +0000 http://www.kidsprayer.com/?p=4894 Idea for Teaching Small Children to Pray For small children, make a picture album for them to have with them during prayer time. You can make one together, or simply purchase one at dollar store and have them add their photos. Put pictures of family, friends, a homeless person (symbolizing the poor), and a picture […] ]]>

Idea for Teaching Small Children to Pray

For small children, make a picture album for them to have with them during prayer time. You can make one together, or simply purchase one at dollar store and have them add their photos.

Put pictures of family, friends, a homeless person (symbolizing the poor), and a picture of the world.

Include pictures of every day blessings to give thanks for: food, clothing, a home, etc.

Their requests can also be put into picture form: grandmother, father, swing set, new bike, etc.

If there isn’t a photo of a specific person or request, you can have them draw one and use it instead.

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P. R. A. Y. E. R. Acronym http://www.kidsprayer.com/adults/p-r-a-y-e-r-acronym/ Sun, 14 Oct 2018 18:02:13 +0000 http://www.kidsprayer.com/?p=4920 Use the following to teach your child how to pray through the prayer model that Jesus taught (also known as the Our Father prayer pattern or Lord’s Prayer). Praise “Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed by thy name.” This is an opening line of praise. It speaks of God who is both high above us […] ]]>

Use the following to teach your child how to pray through the prayer model that Jesus taught (also known as the Our Father prayer pattern or Lord’s Prayer).

Praise

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed by thy name.” This is an opening line of praise. It speaks of God who is both high above us (in heaven) and lovingly near to help (Our Father). In this petition, “hallowed be thy name,” we are praising God how great and holy He is, but we are also asking God to show the whole world how great and holy He is.

When teaching your kids to pray, ask your child to complete one or more of these sentences when they pray with you…

  • “Lord, what I love about you is…”
  • “Lord, I thank you for…”

Remake

Thy kingdom come.” God’s kingdom is anywhere where He he treated and honored as the king. Some day, His kingdom will come to the earth when Jesus returns and He remakes the world into His perfect kingdom again. We should pray that this day will come soon. Until then, Jesus said the kingdom has already come near to us, so we pray that he will remake us into people who honor Him as the king. We also pray for the needs of the world and not just ourselves.

Ask your child to complete one or more of these sentences when they pray with you…

  • “Lord, I look forward to the Day Christ returns because…”
  • “Lord, remake me into someone who…”
  • “Lord, I ask that You (insert a world need here)…”

Attitude

Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” Doing God’s will starts in the heart. Real obedience isn’t just a matter of doing what God tells us to do; we should love what God wants us to love. When we pray that God’s will should be done, we are praying that our attitude and the attitudes of others will be changed so we obey God from our hearts.

Ask your child to complete one or more of these sentences when they pray with you…

  • “Lord, I want my attitude to be more…”
  • “Lord, as a family, help us to have an attitude of…”

Yummy

Give us this day our daily bread.” This is a daily request for God to provide for our needs. It shows a great dependence on God’s provision and a thankfulness that He provides. When we think of the word “yummy” we remember that God not only provides the things we need, we are also expressing to God how much we enjoy those things.

When teaching your kids to pray, ask your child to complete one or more of these sentences when they pray with you…

  • “Lord, give this person…”
  • “Lord, what we need in our family is…”

Expose Sin

Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors.” This petition asks for God’s forgiveness for our sins. Often we aren’t even aware of all the ways we have hurt others or offended God, so we should ask God to expose our sin to us so we can repent of it.

Ask your child to complete one or more of these sentences when they pray with you…

  • “Lord, show me what hidden sins I have.”
  • “Lord, forgive me for…”

Rescue

Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.” God always provides a way of escape so that we can stand up under temptations. This is a request that God will rescue us from our sinful tendencies, from things that might be tempting to us, and from the Evil One himself.

Ask your child to complete one or more of these sentences when they pray with you…

  • “Lord, I am tempted to sin when…”
  • “Lord, rescue me from temptation when…”

Download the accompanying poster for this prayer method.

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Praying in the Park http://www.kidsprayer.com/adults/praying-in-the-park/ Mon, 09 Oct 2017 18:18:05 +0000 http://www.kidsprayer.com/?p=4875 This is a great time of year to take a group of children on a prayer walk in the park. Lead them in prayer for their city, neighborhoods, schools, friends, church, pastor, children of the world, etc. If there are people in the park, two or three of the children (with adult supervision) could approach […] ]]>

This is a great time of year to take a group of children on a prayer walk in the park. Lead them in prayer for their city, neighborhoods, schools, friends, church, pastor, children of the world, etc. If there are people in the park, two or three of the children (with adult supervision) could approach them explaining they have gathered together for prayer and inquire if they have a special request or need for prayer. Encourage the children to pray for/with people immediately or, if they are a little shy, take the requests back to the group to be prayed over.

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Equipping Prayer in Children [EPIC] http://www.kidsprayer.com/adults/equipping-prayer-in-children-epic/ Sat, 09 Sep 2017 17:56:57 +0000 http://www.kidsprayer.com/?p=4817 Related posts:
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The following prayer resources were developed for Ladies of Prayer International to equip mothers, grandmothers, and teachers in training children to pray. They are available for you to use in your own home or church.

 

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EPIC September 2017: Bringing God to School
EPIC August 2017: Engaged in the Harvest
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EPIC June 2017: Revive Me, Revive Them
EPIC May 2017: Giving Honor to Moms
EPIC April 2017: Breaking the Resistance


 

 

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Wants and Needs http://www.kidsprayer.com/adults/wants-and-needs/ Sat, 09 Sep 2017 17:45:15 +0000 http://www.kidsprayer.com/?p=4810 Young kids are generally ego-centric by nature. When you ask them what they need, they may come up with answers such as toys, new shoes, a new dress, a puppy, and so on. Though these things are not bad, they do not need to be the only thing we have our children pray for. Children […] ]]>

Young kids are generally ego-centric by nature. When you ask them what they need, they may come up with answers such as toys, new shoes, a new dress, a puppy, and so on. Though these things are not bad, they do not need to be the only thing we have our children pray for. Children need to understand the difference between what truly is a need, and what is simply a desire. God has promised us to give us our needs; everything else is just added blessings.

During my Kids Prayer class, I occasionally bring in some random photos of objects. These are things that could be classified as either a “want”, a “need”, or both. As we go through the images, I ask them whether that object is something they absolutely need, or is it just something a child may want. For example, if I show a picture of water, I ask them if water is a want or need. They answer with what they think. We then talk about that object, and what the correct answer is. I also talk about how that object affects other people. For example, we know that water is a definitely a need and yet many areas of the world do not have clean water to drink. This starts training them to have a worldview so they can learn to pray for others and not just themselves.

Since children are visual, use photos or bring in objects that they can see and/or feel. Give thanks for the needs God has provided, and extra thanks for all the extra things.

Colleen Clabaugh
Kids & Youth Prayer Coordinator
World Network of Prayer | wnop.org

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Creative Prayer http://www.kidsprayer.com/adults/creative-prayer/ Tue, 24 Sep 2013 03:58:55 +0000 http://www.kidsprayer.com/?p=4726 God created the world. God created life as we know it out of nothing. God is creative. God imaginative. God is unique. God is not boring. God made us in His image. Therefore, we were made to be creative, imaginative, unique, and not boring. Our time with God in prayer is an extension of who […] ]]>

God created the world. God created life as we know it out of nothing. God is creative. God imaginative. God is unique. God is not boring. God made us in His image. Therefore, we were made to be creative, imaginative, unique, and not boring. Our time with God in prayer is an extension of who we are, so prayer should include all the adjectives just mentioned as well. It was never meant to be rigid, stale, boring, or formula-driven. 

Kids need to know – and adults for that matter – that God is ok with us bringing these adjectives into our prayer time. In fact, He desires it. He doesn’t want just routine that makes us go through the motions; He wants a living, exciting relationship with us. As trainers, we need to foster that in our children and youth.

Recently in one of our Kids Prayer meetings we discussed all the different ways that we could worship God. Answers given were things like singing, shouting, crying, dancing, instrumentals, poetry, stories, drawings, on and on. The previous week we demonstrated Psalms 150, with only our bodies. It was quite interesting seeing our adult teachers praising on the psaltry, harps, and stringed instruments and organs! But it was fun, and it was different. And it was to God.

We then had the kids do a time of creative worship where the kids could draw or write their worship to God. They were given paper, pens, a whiteboard, colors, and anything in the room they wanted to use to show their worship. They could dance, they could sing if they wanted, or make up a song. They just needed to make whatever they did into worship. These types of prayers and worship are just a valid as the routine ones we are used to when they come from the heart. One of the boys drew this picture in this posting. He said he knew it didn’t look like much but then he explained: He thanked God for the trees which gives us oxygen to breathe, the animals which give us food to eat, and the sky/clouds which shield us from the sun’s harmful rays. 

Quite the expression of worship I’d say! Creative. Imaginative. Unique. Interesting. From the heart. And you thought it was just a kid’s drawing! I love the way kids’ minds work. If I do… imagine how much more God does. And God told us that He could do “exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or THINK.” Maybe we need to use our creative imagination a little bit more!

Colleen Clabaugh
WNOP Kids & Youth Prayer Coordinator

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Paper chain prayers http://www.kidsprayer.com/adults/ideas/paper-chain-prayers/ Tue, 10 Sep 2013 17:54:19 +0000 http://www.kidsprayer.com/?p=4668  Kids love paper chain people so why not use their creativity in their prayer time. Have each child cut out a set of paper chain people. If you don’t know how to make them, click here for instructions. You may wish to have them decorate the people, such as drawing faces or clothes on them. […] ]]>

 Kids love paper chain people so why not use their creativity in their prayer time. Have each child cut out a set of paper chain people. If you don’t know how to make them, click here for instructions. You may wish to have them decorate the people, such as drawing faces or clothes on them.

Write a name on each cutout person and any specific prayer request that may be needed. You could also have each cutout person represent a family, a people group (such as Muslims, Buddhists, etc), or even a nation of people (such as China, Vietnam, Russia, etc.)

Pray for each person each day/night, or chose one each day to focus on. Have the children write on the back anything that they feel to pray for, or anything they feel God shared with them about their prayer.

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Prayer Boxes http://www.kidsprayer.com/adults/ideas/prayer-boxes/ Fri, 09 Aug 2013 17:59:22 +0000 http://www.kidsprayer.com/?p=4672 It is vital that families have times of the prayer and devotion in their home. Parents have the greatest amount of time to influence a child than anyone else, and their home should be the primary training ground. Here is another creative idea to help foster prayer and family relationships in the home. Work with […] ]]>

It is vital that families have times of the prayer and devotion in their home. Parents have the greatest amount of time to influence a child than anyone else, and their home should be the primary training ground. Here is another creative idea to help foster prayer and family relationships in the home.

Work with the child(ren) to create a prayer box out of a shoe box. Cover the box with paper, designs, and decorations. Do this as a family activity. As situations arise that need prayer, write them on a piece of paper and drop into the box. Each family member should do this. The requests may be for friends, family members, neighbors, or even world issues. You can include requests for teachers at school, for people who work with the parents, and financial needs. If you hear something on the news that needs prayer, write it down together as a family. Each night, take out one or more prayer requests and pray for it. Once the need has been answered, consider adding it to a Praise Box (answered prayers). 

The more a family prays together, the stronger they become. Praying together creates an atmosphere of communication and a sense that each person and their needs matter. 

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Prayer Ribbons http://www.kidsprayer.com/adults/prayer-ribbons/ Fri, 02 Nov 2012 15:45:57 +0000 http://www.kidsprayer.com/?p=4433 The following are ribbon colors that represent Scripture focus each month. The objective is to pray the Word over our children and also to memorize the Scripture. A different color ribbon can be given each month. Royal Blue- For prosperity in the Kingdom of God.”And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of […] ]]>

The following are ribbon colors that represent Scripture focus each month. The objective is to pray the Word over our children and also to memorize the Scripture. A different color ribbon can be given each month.

Royal Blue- For prosperity in the Kingdom of God.”And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.” Psalm 1:3

Yellow- For the restoration of the previous generations. Thus saith the LORD; Refrain thy voice from weeping, and thine eyes from tears: for thy work shall be rewarded, saith the LORD; and they shall come again from the land of the enemy. And there is hope in thine end, saith the LORD, that thy children shall come again to their own border. Jeremiah 31:16-17

Red- For the salvation of our children. But thus saith the LORD, Even the captives of the mighty shall be taken away, and the prey of the terrible shall be delivered: for I will contend with him that contendeth with thee, and I will save thy children. Isaiah 49:25

Green- For our children to become laborers in the Kingdom of God.Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest. Matthew 9:38

 Dark Blue- For our children to remember the laws and commandments of God. Speak unto the children of Israel, and bid them that they make them fringes in the borders of their garments throughout their generations, and that they put upon the fringe of the borders a ribband of blue: And it shall be unto you for a fringe, that ye may look upon it, and remember all the commandments of the LORD… Numbers 15:38-39

White- For our children to remain pure and chaste. Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity. 1 Timothy 4:1

– UPCI Daughters of Zion

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Aftermath of the Storm http://www.kidsprayer.com/adults/ideas/aftermath-of-the-storm/ Mon, 29 Oct 2012 15:43:03 +0000 http://www.kidsprayer.com/?p=4430 Storms can bring disaster and chaos into the lives of people in their path. A storm doesn’t care who you are, where you live, what name you have, or how successful or wealthy you are. They just happen.  There are natural storms and there are emotional storms we all face at times. Children need to […] ]]>

Storms can bring disaster and chaos into the lives of people in their path. A storm doesn’t care who you are, where you live, what name you have, or how successful or wealthy you are. They just happen. 

There are natural storms and there are emotional storms we all face at times. Children need to be trained that during these times they are to turn to God to help them. We can prepare for storms, but sometimes no matter how well you prepare, you will still face the aftermath of its violence. 

This week, the East Coast is being plummeted by hurricane Sandy. One hurricane merging with another storm from the north is creating a super storm that is feared to be the worst on record. While millions of people have prepared, they will still have to face the wrath of a storm they did not invite. Storms come and go, but God always remains.

Use the attached lesson to discuss storms with your children. You can also search the internet for coloring pages on storms for younger children.

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