Prayer / Worship ~ Links

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TEACHING OUR KIDS TO PRAY AND WORSHIP

Some students once asked me how to pray. Smiling, I replied, “It’s simple. Just talk to God like you would your best friend… BUT with a whole lot more respect, because there could be a lightning bolt with your name on it! :) It’s okay, though, because He loves you and knows everything about you. You can tell Him anything. In fact, He already knows about it. He knows you better than you know yourself.”

Sadly, we are not always going to be able to be there for our kids, but God always will be. I figure the best thing I can do for my kids is to encourage and help them to connect to each other. One of the most valuable ways we can do this is to inspire, remind and teach our children to pray and worship, that God IS there and listening. As God’s kids, they have direct access to the throne room of the universe. Here are some fun and creative ideas to get you started.

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PRAYER ~ BIBLE VERSES

Matthew 6:9-13  After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

Psalm 139  O LORD, you have searched me and known me. You know my downsitting and my uprising, You understand my thought afar off. You compass my path and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways. For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O LORD, You know it altogether. You have beset me behind and before, and laid Your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain to it. Where shall I go from Your spirit? or where shall I flee from Your presence? If I ascend up into heaven, You are there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, You art there. If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; Even there shall Your hand lead me, and Your right hand shall hold me. If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me. Yes, the darkness hide not from You; but the night shines as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to You. For You have possessed my reins: You have covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are Your works; and that my soul knows right well. My substance was not hid from You, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Your eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in Your book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them. How precious also are Your thoughts unto me, O God! How great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with You… Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

Bible verses about prayer

A ton of Bible verses for our kids  to find your own verse (and if you are not sure, the Psalms are a great place to start)

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PRAYER & WORSHIP ~ COLOURING PAGES FOR KIDS ~ FREE PRINTABLE

Matthew 22:37 colouring  in a swirly doodle style; Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind; free printable

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Prayer changes things – colouring  tiny colouring page by Karla Dornacher with swirly flowers, heart and bird; white on black; or black on white; the full size free version has expired, but this sample size is perfect to add into a corner of a blank page and turn your letter into a colouring page; free printable

Prayer – colouring   of a cute little girl praying with her teddy bear under her arm; free printable

Prayer – colouring   of a shepherd boy with a lamb and a girl with her teddy under her arm; free printable

Prayer – colouring  Precious Moments girl and boy kneeling to pray; and here it is with Bible verse added from Matthew 6:33 in English (pdf) and Spanish (pdf); free printable

Prayer – colouring  Young boy kneeling to pray with his teddy bear and toy elephant; and words ‘God hears and answers prayer’; free printable

Prayer – colouring  (ministry-to-children.com) boy or girl kneeling to pray, with a blank thought bubble where they can write their own prayer; free printable

Daniel – praying  (Biblewise) free printable

Precious moments – colouring of a family saying grace around the dinner table, complete with puppy; free printable

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LORD’S PRAYER ~ COLOURING PAGES FOR KIDS ~ FREE PRINTABLE

Lord’s Prayer – colouring  of the Lord (Abba Father) delighting in a child sitting on His lap; 6 pages; free printable

Passport to the Lord’s Prayer – colouring book  (pdf) using safari animals – hippo, elephant, lion, zebra, giraffe; free printable

Lord’s Prayer – cool colouring page suitable for boys and girls of all ages; free printable

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Lord’s prayer – colouring  (pdf; from teacherhelp.org) words in a nice frame decorated with stars and suitable for boys and girls of all ages; a longer version; Spanish version; free printable

Lord’s Prayer – colouring page  with a few images to colour around the words (birds, candles and a bow); free printable

Lord’s Prayer – traceover  in print or cursive, plain or pretty scrapbook background; free printable

Lord’s Prayer – cards to colour  free printable

Lord’s prayer – colouring  (ministry-to-children) 5 pages – showing a boy or girl in relevant situations, e.g. ‘Lead us not into temptation’ shows a boy looking at a cookie jar behind Mum’s back; free printable

Lord’s Prayer colouring book  (max7) A book to colour, extra activity sheets and teacher’s notes to help children reflect on the meaning of The Lord’s Prayer; free printable

Lord’s Prayer – 8 colouring pages  setting out the Lord’s Prayer (click on the link under the picture to get the next image); free printable

Teaching kids to pray  (scroll down) Lord’s Prayer colouring pages; or also available as a one-page image in a stained glass type of frame in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese (pdf); free printable

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PRAYER & WORSHIP ~ PUZZLES FOR KIDS ~ FREE PRINTABLE

Lord’s Prayer – word search  (scroll down to ‘The Lord’s Prayer Part 3 Puzzle’ or do a page search for ‘prayer’ to find all 5 word search puzzles about the Lord’s Prayer) 30 words; 17 words; 25 words; 42 words; 24 words; free printable

Jesus teaches about prayer – word search  find the 20 words based on Luke 11:1-10 – For everyone who asks receives, he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks, the door will be opened; free printable

Lord’s Prayer – crossword puzzle  (Biblewise) 17 words; Prayer of Jabez – maze; Lord’s Prayer – dot to dot  (Biblewise) numbers 1-26; Give us our daily bread; more puzzles about the power of prayer; free printable

Lord’s prayer – simple jigsaw puzzle  12 pieces; free printable

Lord’s prayer – handwriting practice traceover  trace over the whole Lord’s prayer; free printable

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PRAYER & WORSHIP ~ CRAFTS AND CREATIVE IDEAS FOR KIDS ~ FREE PRINTABLE

Prayer is all about relationship with God   Prayer is not all about us or a to-do list. Jesus wants to know us—the person deep down inside – and to talk to Him like we might talk to a best friend (but with a whole lot of respect, because He could send us that lightning bolt!)  How does God want to be loved?

I can talk to God – mobile phone craft  a fun and colourful pretend mobile phone with smiley faces, numbers to press and Bible verse from Jeremiah 33:3 – Call to Me and I will answer you and will show you great things; free printable

Praying Hands – easy craft   A great idea for helping your kids choose 10 specific people they want to pray for and to remember who they chose. Kids draw their hands on a piece of paper and write the name of each person on one of their fingers.

Prayer journal – booklet cover for kids to colour  fold in half and insert blank pages to make a fun prayer journal where kids can either write or draw; free printable

Teaching kids to pray   Talk to God about anything; there is nothing too big or too small; pray anywhere, any time; God listens and knows all anyway

Teaching kids about praise and worship   Let’s encourage our kids to worship from their hearts

Teaching kids about worship   Thinking about how great God is and putting Him first. This may be something they can do with their family or friends

Prayer pocket   Adapt this creative idea for paper. Write a Bible verse on the outside, e.g. Psalm 121:4-8. Your child writes a prayer and puts it in the pocket while they sleep. We may be sleeping, but God never sleeps and always watches over us.

Prayer / Bible treasure hunt   Write a Bible verse on one side of a piece of paper and a matching prayer on the other. Put inside heart shaped envelopes with heart stickers, eg: Psalm 56:3 – Lord help me to always put my trust in You and not to be afraid. Luke 16:10 – Lord, help me to be honest and want to please You in all things. Or a verse/prayer for wisdom for their teachers; or asking God to help them to treat others with respect. Be creative. And don’t forget to share your ideas with us so we can all learn from each other.

Adoration alphabet   Creative idea to teach our children to worship – for each letter of the alphabet, write down words about God, e.g. T= trustworthy, truthful, terrific, triumphant; X = x-cellent, x-tra special, x-treme, x-alted, x-tra large, x-ray vision (a bit of poetic licence might be needed for the X)

Write a letter to God   Leave everything in His hands – the best hands to deal with it (send some nice paper to your child, perhaps with some suggestions to get them started)

Thanksgiving notes  lots to choose from; free printable

Thanksgiving post it notes   jot down things to thank God for, e.g. the sun for energy; a good sleep; kind words

I spy God   How do you pray to someone that you cannot see? How can you believe in something you can’t touch? Does God even exist? The answer is all around you. Free printable guide to help your kids discover God in a whole new way

Prayer wailing wall   Draw a wall complete with a few cracks. Write out prayer requests (send paper slips) to attach to it. Include a bit of history – how people have gone there for centuries to pray

Hopscotch and pray   Creative ideas to pray while they play. We can’t do chalk, but we can send some paper to hopscotch and write our prayers on

Pray while you play   More creative ideas to teach your child to pray while they play

M&Ms are for missions   Adapt this fun idea for paper using stickers. Turn something simple into a powerful prayer tool or ‘power pellets’.  Children who learn to pray get the focus off themselves, are more willing to serve and show concern for others

Giving compliments to God   Compliment others so that it becomes easier to praise and worship to God

KidsPrayer.com   More fun and creative ideas to encourage our children of all ages to develop a relationship with God through prayer, praise and worship (and our own children/ grandchildren/ students too)

Ideas from Kids Sunday School Place: Prayer – Worship

Ideas from Max7.org

Ideas from BibleWise:  Prayer – Lord’s Prayer – Worship

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PRAYER ~ PAPER GIFTS FOR KIDS ~ FREE PRINTABLE

Tick tock prayer clock – poster   A fun and colourful prayer clock to teach our children to pray; free printable

Lord’s Prayer – poster  words against a scenic background; free printable

Lord’s Prayer – poster  for purchase; light rays from a shining gold crown on to the blue marble of earth

How to pray like Jesus – verse card using the Lord’s Prayer; green/blue background; free printable

Jelly bean prayer – poster  (Happy Home Fairy) Black is for our sin, the wrong things we have done; Red is for Jesus’ blood He shed everyone; White is for a clean heart when in Jesus we believe; Gold is for the streets in Heaven promised when Jesus we receive; Green is for growing, hide His Word in your heart; Put your trust in Jesus; Give your life a brand new start; in a colourful (blue, green, pink and yellow) doodle style; free printable

Bible Bookmarks for kids – some of these have 10 per page; here are some direct pdf links relating to prayer and worship:  Lord’s Prayer; I can always talk to God (children kneeling to pray); Let children come to Me (Jesus with kids); jelly bean prayer; free printable

Achievement Award for memorising the Lord’s Prayer  cream coloured certificate with dusty pink, blue and white border; add your child’s name; free printable

Prayer prompt cards for kids  to spark ideas for prayer while also teaching that prayer is about thanking and interceding for others as well as asking for things we need. The cards also have Scriptures on the bottom to affirm that we can talk to God any time and about anything; free printable (for subscribers)

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MORE CREATIVE IDEAS

Found a prayer or worship image that you just know that your Compassion child will love? How about this one of a beautiful young African girl? Add the words of the Lord’s Prayer or a Bible verse and make your own:

Bible Poster or Verse Card
Bible Bookmark ~ add your child’s name
Bible Note Cards
Bible Wallet Cards
Bible Stickers
Stationery
Bible Board Game

Don’t forget to jazz up your envelopes if you are including any special treats like stickers for your homeschool or Sunday school students. Sticker sheets are fine for your sponsored child.

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HELP TO REMIND US TO PRAY FOR OUR CHILDREN

Prayer for our kids is vital. Not only for our Compassion children, but for our own children and families as well. Prayer changes things. If you are anything like me, sometimes it’s a tired mumble at the end of a busy day. Here’s some visual reminders that may help:

How to pray for my children – long bookmark  free printable

10 ways to pray for your child / 10 Ways to pray for your teen / 10 ways to pray for your child at school lovely free printables that we can print and tuck into our Bible; put up on the fridge; the bathroom mirror; above the computer next to their photo; or anywhere else we will be sure to see it. Also 10 Mom Prayers can be adapted to help us be the best (sponsor) moms we can be.

These prayer cards by a Compassion sponsor are a colourful, visual reminder of the prayers on our heart; something we can carry and a written record of how those prayers are answered; free printable

31 ways to pray for our kids here’s the list and matching prayer cards; free printable

Praying scripture over your children – cards  free printable

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And when you write to your Compassion child, don’t forget… :)

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