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.
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.
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)
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
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 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
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
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
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
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 Max7.org
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)
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:
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.
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
Praying scripture over your children – cards free printable
And when you write to your Compassion child, don’t forget… :)
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