A simple way to help kids pray (+ free printables!)

Teach your child to pray with a prayer pattern

Teach your kids to pray using this time-tested routine, and free prayer printables for kids! Teaching our children to communicate with God is foundational to helping them develop an actual relationship with him. But prayer is a mystery, isn’t it? As adults, it takes years to learn how to talk to God, and it’s even harder as parents to know how to help kids pray. Have you ever found yourself doing one of these less-than-helpful types of prayer with your kids? You repeat the same prayer ad nauseum. You know the kind – “…if I die before I wake, I pray dear Lord my soul to take.” Nothing to put our children into a sound sleep like talk of death, right? 🙂 You pray a sermon. I’m guilty of this one a lot!! “Dear Lord we know that you want us to obey you in everything and I ask that you would … Read More

How To Share the Gospel With a Child (and have them actually remember it!)

sharing the gospel with kids

Do you know how the share the Gospel with a child in the easiest way possible? With colors! You may have seen something called “the wordless book” or made beaded bracelets with the colors in Sunday School.  The colors are usually presented in this order: Black: Our sinRed: Jesus’ sacrifice for our sinWhite: Our new purityGreen: New growth in ChristYellow: For the hope of heaven But most of the color-presentations are missing something essential. They are missing God’s motivation. As a story-writer, I know that every character must be properly motivated. His/her actions have to have a reason, because that’s how things work in real life. We don’t do random things. Even if they may APPEAR random, they always have a reason. (Whether or not the reason is sane is another story altogether.) When we start our gospel presentations with sin, we have a motivation problem. Why on earth would … Read More

Everything You Need To Know About Teaching Kids to Pray

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A huge thanks to Lisa from Graceful Abandon for this fabulous article on teaching kids to pray! You teach your kids to tie their shoelaces, to put on their shirts with the tag in the back, and to stop picking their noses. You teach them how to do math, how to navigate unkind kids on the playground, and how to smile sweetly when Grandma gives them a kiss even though it’s weird.  And you also get the immense and precious privilege of teaching them to pray. Can I Teach My Kids To Pray? Have you ever wondered if you’re equipped to teach your kids to pray? After all, you’re not a pastor, a missionary, or even a Sunday school teacher. You’re just their mom. But that, precious mama, is what makes you the PERFECT person to teach them. God entrusted your kids to you and He has given you everything … Read More

Lectio Divina for Kids: Teaching Kids to Pray Through the Bible

lectio divina for kids

A huge thanks to Steph Thurling from Raising Prayerful Kids for this helpful and inspiring article on Lectio Divina for kids! My 7-year-old son, Calvin, has been downhill skiing for over a year. He took two days of lessons at Mount Crested Butte in Colorado, and because kids are fearless and completely unaware of the fact that bones break, he was skiing down the entire mountain by the end of his two days. Just recently we took him to our local ski hill in Minnesota. Calvin decided that he wanted to try the tow rope, which is something he had never done before. My husband took him over to the rope, showed him how to do it, and off they went. Calvin did it perfectly fine. He skied down to me as fast as he could and declared that he wanted to do it again. My husband was already off … Read More

Toddler prayer: A Primer for Christian Families

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A huge thank you to Lois McKiernan of Where Truth Lives for this fabulous article on toddler prayer! “Is there anything you’d like to pray?” My toddler nodded, then squeezed his big eyes closed. “Thank You, God, for all my friends playing with me in the garden in the sand pit… In Jesus’s name… Aaaamennnnn!!” He grinned as he closed his eyes and settled down to sleep, and I smiled in gratitude that he, though so young, was intimately communicating with his Creator, sharing his heart and his gratitude with the Source of every blessing. Each night, my husband or I (whichever one of us is putting him to bed) will pray for our son – for his safety, his peace of mind, his obedience and his character. Then we’ll ask him if he wants to pray, too. There have been one or two nights where he’s shaken his head … Read More

Meaningful and Stretching Prayer Activities for Kids

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A huge thanks to Rachel from Titus 2 Homemaker for this article on prayer activities for kids! When my sisters and I were young, we had a book we called “the Ryan book.”  The actual title is Adventure at Hidden Haven Ranch,and it’s a chapter book about a young boy named (you guessed it) Ryan, who learns to pray during a visit to his aunt and uncle’s ranch. The interesting thing about this is that none of us particularly remember reading the book or doing the exercises from it.  Neither does my daughter, who I also used the book with when she was very young.   We do, however, remember the lessons we learned.  That realization was an eye-opening encouragement to me as a parent – this clear evidence that what we do doesn’t have to be flashy or even memorable to make an impact. What we learned about prayer Adventure at Hidden Haven … Read More

How to Hear From God: Listening Prayer for Kids

boy learning how to hear from God

On whether listening prayer is Biblical, and teaching our kids how to hear from God. Giggling, my boys scurried into their beds. One up the ladder to the top bunk, the other underneath. Damp hair curled around their ears, smelling fresh from the bath.  It was time to listen to God.  I asked them to repeat these words: “Jesus, please help me to listen to you. Help my heart and mind to be quiet so I can hear you. Jesus, what would you like to say to me today?” Then I reminded them that it was time to be quiet and wait for Jesus to respond, something that is very hard for small boys to do.  But within a minute, my younger son said “I think he wants to say ‘I love you.’” The older boy was discouraged because he hadn’t heard any whispers in his heart; he said his … Read More

How To Make the Most of Bedtime Prayer for Toddlers

bedtime prayer for toddlers

Thank you to Kayla Alonso from Baby Devotions for this incredibly helpful post with 4 practical steps toward meaningful bedtime prayer for toddlers! Now I lay me down to sleep,I pray the Lord my soul to keep. If I die before I wake, I pray the Lord my soul to take. We all know the classic rhyme-like bedtime prayer. But what if I told you, that bedtime prayers with toddlers can be more than just rhymes and games? Bedtimes prayers can be an avenue of connecting with and guiding our children, even toddlers, in their faith journey. Here are 4 ways to engage your toddler in more significant bedtime prayers: 1. Speak life over your child Navigating the terrible 2s can lead to some frustrating moments. Not going to lie, there are some days it feels like we spent half the day in time out. Those days are the worst! … Read More

 8 Prayers to Help a Child With Anxiety

child and parent praying, prayers to help with anxiety

8 prayers to help a child with anxiety, based on the Bible. My cell phone chimed just as I sat down to drink my coffee. It was the school.   As soon as I picked up, my son’s complaint came through: “Mommy, I’m sick.” The scent of coffee teased me as I closed my eyes and sighed. “What kind of sick?” “My tummy hurts.” The school receptionist came on the line. “Yeah,” she apologized, “there’s something going around. Lots of the kids have been hit with this one.” I nodded, set the warm mug on the desk, and went to get my jacket. So much for my work morning. It was too early to tell, but I wondered if his stomachache had more to do with his thoughts than with germs.  HOW TO TELL IF YOUR CHILD HAS ANXIETY Sure enough, he perked up soon after I picked him up. Occasionally … Read More

Is your child too young for faith?

Can a child ever be too young for faith?

I am so thrilled to have the amazing children’s author, Glenys Nellist, sharing her grandson’s story with us today. Glenys is a wonderful storyteller (both on the page and in person), has worked in children’s ministry, is married to a pastor, and is a mom and a grandma. She loves Jesus and wrote an entire series of truly unique children’s picture Bibles in an effort to help kids know him better. But I’ll let her tell you her story herself… (P.S. I’ve dropped some links so you can find her books. They’re affiliate links, which means that Amazon pays me a small commission for recommending the books. Which I would have recommended anyway, but every 15 cents helps run this website! They don’t cost you any extra.) *** I remember the day well. It was a Thursday afternoon and we were sitting together on the sofa, my little grandson and … Read More