Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6
If we teach our children when they are young to call on the name of the Lord, when they are older, they will be praying adults. Teaching them to pray is one of the most valuable lessons we will give them.
How do we teach them how to pray? Start with the Lord's prayer, after all, that is how Jesus taught us how to pray.
“This, then, is how you should pray: “‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.'" Matthew 6:9-13
Teach your children to praise His name, to ask for His will to be done, to provide for us and ask forgiveness. Teach them to ask God to help them forgive those that wrong them and to keep us from temptation. Our children need to know this.
We can also teach them when to pray.
- What better way to start our day then by talking to God!
- Asking God to bless the food we are going to eat and thank Him for providing it.
- When someone is sick or angry or sad.
- When we see an ambulance racing down the road with sirens, we can pray for the emergency the first responder will meet.
- When someone asks us for prayer.
- When we are scared.
- When we are facing a tough situation.
- When we go to bed at night.
Our children need to know that they can always, in any circumstance good or bad, call on the name of the Lord. They need to know that praying is simply talking with our Best Friend.
Another, and probably the biggest way, to teach our children to pray is for us to be praying parents. When we pray we are showing our children by example.
Are you teaching your children to pray?