starting – 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 Making Room for Kids http://www.kidsprayer.com/adults/articles/making-room-for-kids/ Wed, 09 Mar 2011 16:31:24 +0000 http://new.kidsprayer.com/?p=3277 Related posts:
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(published in the Christian Educator  magazine)

Jesus said, “My house will be called an house of prayer…” Making room for kids in His house of prayer is not only possible, but there is a simple plan your church can follow.

Step One: Make room by changing the way you pray. There is a dynamic that comes when children pray in earnest with simple faith…and simple words. Kids’ prayers will not be long, but direct and to the point unless they are intercessors. Kids say they are intimidated at times by long, boring prayers and the sounds of “cattle lowing in the prayer barn.” They don’t need all the verbiage nor the noise to touch Jesus. So to make room, begin praying out loud in simple sentences to address specific needs. Learn to become comfortable praying one at a time in corporate settings. Kids will have an easier time participating and fitting in if they don’t have to compete with adults who “know how to touch God.” As you make these changes, kids will notice and respond with a little training and encouragement.

Step Two: Make room by making time for them. For those wanting to start a prayer class, there is a relatively new curriculum available from www.shekinahkids.com or the General Sunday School Division that will assist in teaching kids from grades 3-5 prayer leadership skills and Scripture prayer techniques. The cost for everything needed is only $60. Regardless of the curriculum, the class will require a few key ingredients.

  • Commitment of the mentor to be faithful to the class, even when he is tired, uninspired, and unnoticed.  It is not necessary to be a “prayer warrior” to teach kids to pray. It is going to be important however, that the mentor is also an advocate for the children’s prayer class.
  • Curriculum that works. Ask anyone who has been brave enough to begin teaching kids to pray his number one frustration and it will be finding a good curriculum. What to look for? Something that is low maintenance, high motivation, lively, and FUN! The best we’ve found so far is “The Shekinah Kids Revolution.” Pepper whatever curriculum you use with prayer projects for needs in missions, neighborhoods, and prayer walks, etc.
  • Kids who want to learn to pray. No matter the age grouping or curriculum, only kids who want to learn to pray should be involved. It is a good idea to do a promotion for the class and have students sign up once a year.
  • A sense of adventure and wonder. This is an uncharted area in many of our churches, isn’t it? There is adventure in discovering a curriculum that actually works (or making up a new one). There is a challenge in “reprogramming” adults to think differently about kids prayer (including the mentor). And oh, the satisfaction of seeing results and the excitement of it all when God starts answering their eight-word wonders.

Step Three: Make room by giving kids opportunities to pray. All the teaching in the world and all the training they can handle won’t mean much until they begin to use it. Where could they use what they learn? At home, school, church, class…even the car. One first grader, after only 3 days of training, made up a game of praying for people who passed her van on the road if their car was a certain color. Here are a few good questions to get you started.

  • How can children’s prayer be integrated into every ministry of my church? Praying for offerings, nursery kids and their parents, Sunday school classes, children’s church meetings, altar services and special events.
  • Where can children pray in a group? Playgrounds, shopping malls, police and fire stations, hospitals (outside) and a friend’s house.

In the area of “giving opportunities,” please be aware of something important. According to recent studies, the generation known as “Millenials” (those born after 1982) have a propensity toward involvement and action. After 9-11 this was obvious to many who noticed it was the young kids and teenagers who organized prayer vigils and collected items for victims in their neighborhoods. This same thirst for involvement will go unquenched in the Body unless we begin making room now for kids who can lead in prayer.

Make room…make way. It’s His house and He wants it this way.

 

UPDATE: For those starting or wishing to provide training on kids prayer, please check out our 7 Esssentials of Kid’s Prayer. It’s a great resource with concepts, implementation help, and creative ideas.

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We want our kids to pray, but do they really need a “kids prayer ministry?”

6 Reasons for a Kids Prayer Ministry…

Scripture declares the importance of children’s involvement in the Kingdom of God. From silencing the enemies of God (Psalm 8:2) to signs and wonders (Isaiah 8:18, Joel 2:28) to leading in worship (II Chronicles 29:10-11) children have a place in the Body of Christ. Too many times they are relegated to back rooms and basements and if they have their own worship area, they end up segregated from the rest of the body 75% of time. It is important that children receive age-appropriate training, but the ultimate goal of that training is integration into the Body of Christ…not solely preparation for future service.

The Same Holy Spirit resides in them. When children are filled with the Holy Spirit, they do not receive the Holy Spirit, Jr. The same Holy Spirit that fills adults, fills children. The problem is, too many times we base our understanding of spiritual growth dynamics on the physical world. In the case of children, their ability to mature spiritually is in a kind of hyper drive that we can’t comprehend when we are boxed in by our experiences in the physical world. Two and three year olds can hear the voice of God and obey; four year olds can intercede with understanding; elementary aged children can actually begin leading in worship and prayer.

The “Body” needs their prayer power. Imagine the Kingdom of Light advancing with double strength overnight. If I could, I would flip a switch to activate all children currently receiving spiritual training to answer the call of the Spirit; our ranks would double or triple in a moment. Your local church needs their prayer power and expansive faith and so does the global Body of Christ. Think about it. What would happen if every kid in your church began to pray in earnest and in the Spirit? What would happen if suddenly their boundless faith was released to benefit the Kingdom?

This generation demands to be included. According to studies and research, the Millennials generation (Millenials Rising) is a generation that is demanding inclusion. “…born after 1982…as a group, Millennials are unlike any other youth generation in living memory. They are more numerous, more affluent, better educated, and more ethnically diverse. More important, they are beginning to manifest a wide array of positive social habits that older Americans no longer associate with youth, including a new focus on teamwork, achievement, modesty, and good conduct.” They are the ones who organized the neighborhood prayer vigils after 9/11; they are the ones who raised untold thousands in schools for tsunami victims in early 2005. Their actions put them in a position to be greatly used by society but most importantly, by God.

Kids require training, not just teaching. Teaching is what we do for adults, training is what we need to be doing for children. When children come into this natural world, there are all sorts of training “modules” to help them navigate this existence. From potty training to making beds; from tying shoes to brushing teeth, training is required…and repeated over and over again. Now, contrast that with the kind of spiritual training kids are given. Who trains them in doing spiritual things? Sunday school teachers, parents, relatives, pastor?

Consider the “dark side.” For this last section, ask yourself, “How old does a child have to be to handle spiritual weapons?” Next consider that there are currently over 200,000 child soldiers worldwide engaged in a conflict right now. Young children are being taught to use grenades, machine guns, rifles, vest-bombs, and more. Those working on the dark side know the value of children. Why is it teenagers can participate in suicide bombings? They are trained at a young age to handle explosives and are told what to expect in the next life if they become martyrs. Have you taught a Bible story lately that compares to that? Has anyone put a spiritual weapon in the hands of a child recently that has the power spiritually equivalent to a dirty bomb? If not, then don’t you think it’s time for a kids prayer ministry in your church? The kids are ready. God is ready. Are you?

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