No matter how old your children are, it’s never too late to begin praying with them. Here are a few ideas to help you get started.
Newspaper Prayer. Try this idea at the beginning of the day as you’re eating breakfast. Have each family member take a portion of the newspaper and circle items that he or she feels need to be prayed for. Then ask family members to pray for the things they circled.
Sentence Prayer. You can help your children pray aloud by giving them a sentence to complete, such as:
• “Lord, I thank you for . . . ”
• “Lord, forgive me for . . . ”
• “Lord, help my friend . . .”
• “Lord, help me be more . . .”
• “Lord, help me to let go of . . .”
• “Lord, give me the courage to . . .”
• “Lord, one of the fears I need help with is . . .”
Highs and Lows. Ask your children what their “highs” were from the day, and then ask them about their “lows” from the day. Share your highs and lows as well, and then pray about them together.
Prayer Journal. Share your prayer requests with the other members of your family, and then record them in a prayer journal. One person can pray for all the requests you’ve listed for the day. The next time you pray together, look over the requests you listed previously, and update any changes and answers. This is a good way to see how God has been active in your prayer lives.
A.C.T.S. Prayer. This well-known form of prayer is easy to remember:
• A stands for adoration. Begin the prayer by simply adoring God for who He is.
• C stands for confession. Spend some time confessing your sins.
• T stands for thanksgiving. Take time to thank God for the blessings He has given to you and your family.
• S stands for supplication. Lift up specific areas of your life in which you need God to provide for your needs.
Remember that prayer is just a conversation with God. Let your children hear you talking with God about your day, your concerns, and your joys, and then ask them to do the same.