One of the best way kids learn to pray is by listening to our prayers. Here are five ways we can show kids how to pray.
- Earnestly: Don’t yawn your way through praying. Pray with conviction and intensity, like it matters. Elijah was a man with the same nature we have. He prayed fervently, and God listened.
“Elijah was a human being, even as we are. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops.” —James 5:17
- Persistently: Jesus taught us to never give up when we pray:
Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. He said: “In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared what people thought. And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, ‘Grant me justice against my adversary.’ “For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, ‘Even though I don’t fear God or care what people think, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually come and attack me!’” And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?” –Luke 18:1-8
- Daily: If I’m honest, I’d rather depend on myself than God. I’d rather always have everything I needed so that I didn’t have to trust God every day. But God wants us to trust in him every day.
Jesus said that we should pray, “Give us today our daily bread.” –Matthew 11:6
“Don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” —Matthew 6:34
- Never Resentfully: God won’t always answer our prayers when and how we want him to. But don’t become offended by God. He loves us too much to give us something he knows isn’t best for us.
Jesus said, “Blessed is the one who is not offended by me.” –Matthew 11:6
- Working AND Praying: Working and praying go together. When we ask God to do something, we need to be ready and willing to do our part by obeying him. God called us to do good works. We need to be willing to get up and move out for God.
“Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.” –James 1:22
Our prayers for our children and grandchildren will outlive us, as God works through them for years to come. Let your kids hear and see your prayers at work.