If I want my kids to know how to pray and get answers to their prayers, it isn’t good enough I tell them they should pray.
- I need to show them how to pray.
- I need to teach them about the different kinds of prayer and how to get them answered.
Here is a short list of the different kinds of prayers I teach my kids:
- Prayer for salvation – Romans 10:9
- Praying in the spirit – 1 Corinthians 14:15
- Prayer of faith – Mark – 11:23
- Prayer of agreement – Mathew – 18:19
- Prayer of intercession – I Timothy 2:1
I follow this pattern:
Teach on Prayer – This happens during large group. The next three steps happen in small group
Practice Prayer – If I teach on the prayer of intersession I ask one of the kids to pray for someone they know to that needs salvation. If I teach on the prayer before the meal I ask one of the kids to practice praying for the food.
Listen when you pray – Ask your kids to just be quiet for 1 minute and listen. This helps them develop the skill of listening when they pray.
What did you hear? – Ask the kids to share what they heard. When you do this it gives the kids confidence that God will speak to them.
If you are unwilling to do this then I question if you even believe that God will speak to kids.
Ask for testimonies – Did anyone get a prayer answered recently?
I still remember the first time I got a prayer answered. There is nothing that excites a young believer more than an answered prayer.
By taking the time to teach prayer, using these simple steps, I am allowing my class to learn and then put into practice the different prayers. If they can do at church, then they will be able to do it at home or at school.
Are you ready to teach your kids how to pray?
I have some good news for you.
I have written an entire curriculum on prayer – Super Church 2.0 Prayer.
It introduces the concept of talking and listening to God and then covers nine different kinds of prayers.