Teaching children about prayer is important as they grow in their knowledge and understanding of God. Prayer is communicating or just talking with God, and through prayer we can meet God and share our thoughts, feelings, praises and requests.
For the spring quarter in Sunday school we are bringing back our prayer wall. In the past we have used this space as an opportunity to engage our children in learning about prayer. Each week we share any news and then we draw or print any prayer requests and attach them to our prayer wall. It has been a great way to talk about prayer and have the children involved. They get to see our prayer wall grow each week with messages of thankfulness, notes of praise and requests for help. Even our teachers add to the wall. It’s good for children to see prayer modelled and to see others participating. We regularly check back to see which prayers God has answered and celebrate His faithfulness.
Some other ideas I have come across or used in teaching are:
- Keeping a prayer journal. We have used this one in Sunday school when one of our teachers started it for our grade 1-5 class.
- The ‘five finger prayer’ – There are a number of variations, but essentially each finger represents something to pray for.
- Using verses or passages of scripture in prayer.
- Singing part of a song in prayer.
- Prayer prompts or prayer starters for younger children are a great way to help them get started.
- Popcorn prayers- Everyone just says their prayer request or praise out loud.
My hope is that children learn that God is near and that He cares about the details of their lives. They can talk to Him at anytime and anywhere. Whether it is a quick prayer in the car, a prayer about something in the school yard or prayer around the dinner table- God wants to hear from us!
Here are some wonderful verses about prayer that I had to include:
And this is the confidence that we have toward Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.
1 John 5:14
Pray without ceasing. Thessalonians 5:17
Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has power as it is working. James 5:16
Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving. Colossians 4:2
And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith. Matthew 21:22
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made know to God. Philippians 4:6
Likewise, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. Romans 8:26
What are some of the ways you pray or talk with God? I'd love to hear about them.
Tanya Chant, Family and Children's Director
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