God gave us prayer as food for our soul. It is also his way of showing us how we can directly communicate with him. That is why it is so important to teach children to pray and introduced them to Jesus and strengthens their relationship with God. Letting them know that through prayer, God is always by their side and hears their prayer.
Start Teaching Children to Pray at an Early Age
The saying “The family that prays together, stays together,” is so relevant to this day. This kind of setting can be a very powerful and good habit of the family cascaded to the children. Teaching the children to pray very early on in their life can be a habit that helps shape their character and behavior as they age. Remember also that a child mimics what it sees, and when the family is always together in prayer, it is one of the best ways to start teaching the children to pray by showing them how you pray and by inviting them to pray with you. The good habit of praying and making prayer as a regular part of the family life as early as possible will surely do wonders for your children.
Prayer is a Conversation with God
We pray to talk to God. Let this be clear to your children that while praying, we are talking to God to be grateful and respectful of his divine love and great power. Children should also understand that when we pray, we should speak to God with the utmost sincerity and in our own words. By our own words, we mean that we are opening ourselves to God and communicating all the things we want to say to him.
Practice what you Preach
Praying in the presence of your children is the best way to begin educating them about prayer. As they say, “Practice what you preach.” Be their role model. This will also give them the assurance that what they are doing is morally upright since their parents do it so. Look for every opportunity to pray with them; while praying in the morning or before bed is common and valuable practices, teach your kids that we can pray to our Lord Jesus at any time and anywhere, for God really meant prayer to be like that.
Choose Age-Appropriate Prayers
Prayers also vary with your child’s age level. The younger they are the simple prayer will be best for them to grasp. A simple prayer to thank God for waking up, for having friends, for making the assignment in school, and for having a loving family.
It will also help that younger kids understand that prayers could either be long or short. In fact, there is no prescribed length to it. What matters is the sincerity while praying. And that while children pray, God listens and is always interested to hear what they have to say to him; be it about thanking him for a blessing, for asking for protection on a school trip, etc.
Teach your children that they should not be shy when praying, especially out loud. In fact, it should be the other way around, they should be proud of praying—because God is with them when they pray.
What you could do to help your children overcome shyness is to practice praying together with them. Remember to always let your children pray in their own words, as this would eventually give them the courage to pray, out loud, even with other people around them.
Encourage them to Pray
Encourage your children to talk to God every day. Let them know that prayer is a very powerful tool they can use anytime and anywhere in all aspect of their lives. So let them talk to God about whatever is on their mind. God loves to hear our every prayer, and that there is no subject that is too small or insignificant with God—he hears them all!
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