We have not always been the best at praying with our kids. I know we’re very bad parents. Aaron and I have never been big on praying before we eat our meals. It seems so forced and we’ve kinda avoided it during our married life. BUT now that we have kids I want them to see us praying more often. I also want to have them praying more. I also want them to see an ongoing conversation with God that we are able to have. Praying with them at night is a good thing and I LOVE this time together.
So, all that to say we’ve been praying more around here. We pray before our meals and just recently quit asking WHO would like to pray and instead just TELLING someone to pray. That makes all the difference in the world. We’ve been talking lots about how God hears us all the time and is ready to listen whenever we want to talk.
I have one child that wants to pray and one that hates it. Deacon says the sweetest prayers that could melt your heart. He’s a heart breaker and his prayers are no different! My favorite line that he prays all the time is “God thank you for letting us be thankful”. Oh my goodness I smile every single time he says that. It also never fails that when Aaron’s out of town he prays that God helps daddy to not fall off the stage. 🙂 How cute! I don’t think Aaron’s ever fallen off the stage, and it could be merely by the prayers of his 3 year old!
Cayden does not like to pray. He never wants to. He just goes through the motions. He acts like he doesn’t know what to thank God for. It DRIVES ME INSANE. On one hand I want to scream that he can’t think of anything to be thankful for, but on the other hand I don’t want to scar him for life with making him pray when he doesn’t want to.
I had an idea the other day and so far it is working fabulous for our kids and especially the one that doesn’t enjoy prayer time. I got an index card box and some index cards and I wrote on them people we would like to pray for. I have added family members, friends that are adopting, missionaries, the kids teachers and our church. We’ll continue to add stuff to the box as things arise. This is awesome for us and for me as well. It keeps these requests close to our hearts and keeps them rotating often. It also allows me to tell someone that YES we’ll pray for you and truly mean it. We may not pray every night for that person, but at least a few times a month their name will pass through our prayer nights!
Each night the kids pick a card from the front of the box and that’s their card to pray for that night. It gets them excited and they can’t wait to see what card they are going to get. I hope that this doesn’t wear off or become boring. Until then this is our new system and a few days into it the kids are loving it and it’s going well. This has helped Cayden and given him some direction during our prayer times at night.
Any other ideas you have for cultivating a love for prayer with your kids?