idea – 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=4.9.14 The Need to Read http://www.kidsprayer.com/adults/ideas/the-need-to-read/ Fri, 24 Feb 2012 17:36:48 +0000 http://www.kidsprayer.com/?p=4285 The Bible gives us God’s will, His direction and the plan of salvation. If you want to help your children understand the need to read the Bible you can use any of the following ideas (teaching points are in parenthesis): have a treasure chest hunt: do not give them a map (no knowledge of God […] ]]>

The Bible gives us God’s will, His direction and the plan of salvation. If you want to help your children understand the need to read the Bible you can use any of the following ideas (teaching points are in parenthesis):

  • have a treasure chest hunt:
    • do not give them a map (no knowledge of God / remote areas w/o the gospel)
    • give them a blank map (unreligious)
    • give them a map that is incorrect (false doctrine)
    • give them a map in another language (understanding)
  • have them bake something
    • do not give them the list of ingredients (direction)
    • give a wrong list of ingredients (false doctrine)
    • give them a list of ingredients in another language (understanding)
  • have them find something in the dark (“Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet…”)
Each of the example methods above can help the children understand their need to hear, understand, and practice God’s Word. If reading the KJV Bible is hard for them, then suggest to them to possibly read a version for kids or teens.
There’s many other ideas you can use. The point is… get them reading.
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Prayer Bingo http://www.kidsprayer.com/adults/ideas/prayer-bingo/ Tue, 22 Nov 2011 13:53:22 +0000 http://www.kidsprayer.com/?p=4000 Use this prayer tool to add a bit of fun to your children’s prayer time as well as get them praying about personal and world issues. Each participant gets a Prayer Bingo card and a set of squares to cover their card spaces. One person randomly chooses a topic of prayer from the word list. […] ]]>

Use this prayer tool to add a bit of fun to your children’s prayer time as well as get them praying about personal and world issues. Each participant gets a Prayer Bingo card and a set of squares to cover their card spaces. One person randomly chooses a topic of prayer from the word list. The word list page can be cut up into small strips of paper that are pulled out of a box. Each participant who has that topic on their prayer card covers that space and prays for that topic. The first person who gets five in a row wins and can choose to draw topics for the next group.

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Thanksgiving Prayer http://www.kidsprayer.com/adults/ideas/thanksgiving-prayer/ Tue, 15 Nov 2011 20:55:09 +0000 http://www.kidsprayer.com/?p=3994 Thanksgiving is usually a festive holiday filled with a lot of laughter, friends, family, food and fellowship. Football games are enjoyed between desserts and families start bringing out the Christmas decorations. For America, the day is a celebration of the goodness we enjoy everyday. For those of us who pray, it is also a reminder […] ]]>

Thanksgiving is usually a festive holiday filled with a lot of laughter, friends, family, food and fellowship. Football games are enjoyed between desserts and families start bringing out the Christmas decorations. For America, the day is a celebration of the goodness we enjoy everyday. For those of us who pray, it is also a reminder of the millions others who are lonely, starving, living in poverty, homeless, dying from sickness, or imprisoned for their faith.

This week, let us give God thanks for what we have, but let’s also petition God for those who have not. Let’s take some time to reflect on:

  • those who have lost their homes and businesses due to natural disasters
  • those who have lost loved ones and now live alone
  • those who have had family members and friends die from the famine in Africa
  • those who have been injured in wars across the globe
  • those who are dying from AIDS, cancer, and other diseases
  • those who have lost their jobs
  • those who are imprisoned and beaten for teaching about Christ
  • those who don’t have freedom to worship and thank God openly, without fear

Let’s not just remember them, but say a prayer on their behalf. Lead your children to pray for these needs.

Here’s a prayer by Samuel F. Pugh to think on:

O God, when I have food Prayer ( A Thanksgiving Prayer)

O God, when I have food,
help me to remember the hungry;
When I have work,
help me to remember the jobless;
When I have a home,
help me to remember those who have no home at all;
When I am without pain,
help me to remember those who suffer,
And remembering,
help me to destroy my complacency;
bestir my compassion,
and be concerned enough to help;
By word and deed,
those who cry out for what we take for granted.
Amen.

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What’s a Mother to Do? http://www.kidsprayer.com/adults/articles/whats-a-mother-to-do/ Thu, 27 Oct 2011 18:29:15 +0000 http://www.kidsprayer.com/?p=3969 No matter your domestic status, all mothers face some of the same challenges when it comes to spending real time and energy praying and it often seems impossible. So what is a mother do when it comes to prayer and intercession? At the outset, please know that the cause of prayer desperately needs a mother’s […] ]]>

No matter your domestic status, all mothers face some of the same challenges when it comes to spending real time and energy praying and it often seems impossible. So what is a mother do when it comes to prayer and intercession?

At the outset, please know that the cause of prayer desperately needs a mother’s touch. The empathy and unconditional love that soothes and comforts is the perfect model for reaching a lost world. Finding a way to transfer these motherly feelings and compassionate praying is the struggle.

Prayer is not only for gifted intercessors, you know.  Your involvement is closer than you think. Look no further than your front yard, dinner table or the little pair of socks that missed the hamper. The love and empathy that you model to your children will have an impact on this world. The example you make through prayer and the involvement of your children will reach further than your wildest dreams.

It will cost you a little time, a little energy, and a whole lot of modeling a concern for others. Getting you and your children involved on this level is a lot like planting a crop on a farm. You plant the ideas and importance of prayer into the fallow ground of your children. And if the ground isn’t fallow (broken up) then dig around until good ground is cultivated, paying attention to all the details that make your children who they are.  Bring in a little “Miracle Grow” by sprinkling them on a regular basis with God’s Word, and water them with tears prayed for others in their presence, not neglecting prayer for them.

Following are a few creative suggestions to get you started.

Prayer Trophies: We like to see results quickly when we pray, don’t we? One way to have a visual reminder of your prayer time is to light a candle at the start of each prayer time using a small votive candle in a unique holder of some kind. Blow the candle out whenever you stop praying. The empty votive holders become trophies of time spent in prayer and can be displayed somewhere in your home. Use this concept for personal prayer time and even start a candle for family prayer times. Most candles have an average burn time on them that will give you an estimate of how many hours you’ve spent in prayer

 Chore Topics: As you do your daily chores, select related prayer topics for each chore. Train your children to do the same. What are your ideas for related prayer topics of the following chores:

      Laundry = ______________________________
      Dishes = ________________________________
      Making the Bed = _________________________
      Floors = ________________________________
      Picking up toys = _________________________
      Cooking dinner = _________________________

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Targeted Prayers http://www.kidsprayer.com/adults/ideas/targeted-prayers/ Thu, 27 Oct 2011 15:24:54 +0000 http://www.kidsprayer.com/?p=3964 Praying specifically for needs of others (and ourselves) is very important. We don’t pray specifically to tell God what to do for us, but it helps keep us from praying lazy prayers that are too general and ineffective. Also, praying until we feel we’ve “hit the target” in heaven is important. Sometimes it takes praying […] ]]>

Praying specifically for needs of others (and ourselves) is very important. We don’t pray specifically to tell God what to do for us, but it helps keep us from praying lazy prayers that are too general and ineffective. Also, praying until we feel we’ve “hit the target” in heaven is important. Sometimes it takes praying for a specific need more than once to feel released from it. We need to pray until we’ve hit the target of God’s will.

Use a child’s bow and arrow or play darts to pray targeted prayers. Think of a specific prayer request for someone else. Then let the arrow fly as you pray the request out loud.

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A Candle in the Window http://www.kidsprayer.com/adults/ideas/a-candle-in-the-window/ Wed, 19 Oct 2011 13:31:59 +0000 http://www.kidsprayer.com/?p=3959 For those countries who celebrate Christmas, the holiday season brings lots of decorations, lights, and candles in house windows all across the nation. At dusk the lights are plugged in lighting up entire houses in dark neighborhoods and areas. Darkness is the absence of light. A single light will always scatter darkness. Instead of just […] ]]>

For those countries who celebrate Christmas, the holiday season brings lots of decorations, lights, and candles in house windows all across the nation. At dusk the lights are plugged in lighting up entire houses in dark neighborhoods and areas.

Darkness is the absence of light. A single light will always scatter darkness. Instead of just using lights at Christmas time, why not integrate that light into every day? Each evening, light a candle or put a light in a window of your home and as you do, pray with your children the following type of prayer:

“Lord, we pray for those that are lost outside of our home that they will see the light of Your truth and find their way to You. Help us to create a home where our friends and neighbors feel safe and welcome and each time they are near, cause them to feel You drawing them. Help us to share the gospel with those around us, and scatter the darkness with the promises and truth of Your Word. Let each person that passes this home feel Your presence; cause us to be a lighthouse – a beacon of hope – to our world.”

During the holiday season having lights in a window are common, but this year, don’t take your light down. Leave one in a window and when people ask why it’s there, be sure to tell them.

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Tick-Tock Prayer Clock http://www.kidsprayer.com/adults/ideas/tick-tock-prayer-clock/ Wed, 28 Sep 2011 01:19:56 +0000 http://www.kidsprayer.com/?p=3689 Even if you have a heart for prayer, you may sometimes run out of ideas that help you talk with Jesus. Use this prayer clock to help train your brain to pray! The clock covers time slots for: Petition Adoration Intercession Confession [download id=”50″ format=”5″] ]]>

Even if you have a heart for prayer, you may sometimes run out of ideas that help you talk with Jesus. Use this prayer clock to help train your brain to pray!

The clock covers time slots for:

  • Petition
  • Adoration
  • Intercession
  • Confession

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Sweet and Sour Grab Bags http://www.kidsprayer.com/adults/ideas/sweet-and-sour-grab-bags/ Wed, 21 Sep 2011 14:17:18 +0000 http://www.kidsprayer.com/?p=3685 Prepare one grab bag with several different kinds of candy—sweet, sour, hot, and dark chocolate—for every four kids. Form groups of four and give each group a grab bag. Have children take turns reaching into the bag for one candy. When each child has a treat, explain that the candies represent different kinds of prayer.  […] ]]>

Prepare one grab bag with several different kinds of candy—sweet, sour, hot, and dark chocolate—for every four kids. Form groups of four and give each group a grab bag. Have children take turns reaching into the bag for one candy. When each child has a treat, explain that the candies represent different kinds of prayer.  Use the following examples to lead kids in prayer.

 Sweet candy—thank God for his many blessings

 Sour candy—ask God to bless those who are bitter from hurts in their life

 Hot candy—ask God to keep you excited about serving him.

 Dark-chocolate candy—pray for someone who’s going through a difficult time.

 After you’ve prayed, enjoy the treats. Have each child put one of each candy in a sandwich bag to take home. Encourage children to teach their families what they’ve learned about prayer.

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Pin-the-Prayer http://www.kidsprayer.com/adults/ideas/pin-the-prayer/ http://www.kidsprayer.com/adults/ideas/pin-the-prayer/#comments Tue, 23 Aug 2011 13:58:40 +0000 http://www.kidsprayer.com/?p=3681 In one of our previous post we mentioned the idea of using an inflatable globe as a creative prayer tool for kids. Sometimes kids can get more focused on throwing the globe around than praying so if this is your situation, try this alternative method. Get a large map that has continents and country names […] ]]>

In one of our previous post we mentioned the idea of using an inflatable globe as a creative prayer tool for kids. Sometimes kids can get more focused on throwing the globe around than praying so if this is your situation, try this alternative method. Get a large map that has continents and country names on it. Blindfold the child, then play Pin-the-Prayer-on-the-Prayer-Map (similar to Pin-the-Tail-on-the-Donkey). Wherever the pin lands (or their finger) talk about that country, what their lifestyles are like, their religious beliefs, and then prayer for the people of that area.

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Pray for Muslims http://www.kidsprayer.com/adults/ideas/pray-for-muslims/ Tue, 02 Aug 2011 15:06:38 +0000 http://new.kidsprayer.com/?p=3557 Related posts:
  1. Why Teach Children to Pray
  2. Africa: Slavery & Famine
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“This year’s Islamic month of prayer and fasting begins August 1st and ends August 30th. During Ramadan, most Muslims fast from dawn until dusk, seeking to purify themselves from their sins. They believe Ramadan is a time of purification, accomplished through good deeds and self-control.”

The billions of people who practice the Islam religion are in desperate need of a revelation of Truth and God’s love. They are God’s children, the same as we are, and it is our responsibility to love them, reach out to them, and pray for them. A large majority of these people live in fear from superstitions and fear of leaving their community of fellow-believers. Often those that do convert to Christianity are ridiculed, shunned, beaten, and some are killed. Their religion is not one of a gracious and merciful God who forgives their sin through His shed blood on the cross, but rather one where salvation has to be earned from a god who may or may not be a in good mood when they stand before him during judgement. Their god is unapproachable and having a personal relationship with him is not a possibility. They need God’s hope, and our prayers.

Please use the prayer guides below to train your kids prayer ministry in this area.
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