Hi friends! One of our greatest privileges as followers of Christ is that at any time we are able to go before our holy, awesome, loving Father and talk directly to Him! What an amazing gift we have been given!
On that note, I have a great idea to share with you today. Pray Scripture with your children! This has been a fantastic tool for my boys who honestly haven’t been big fans of praying in the past. Let me tell you how this looks in our home.
I start off by finding Bible verses that I think would be extra encouraging to my two oldest boys (ages 9 and 4), verses that are not too long. For instance, this week, we learned Ephesians 6:10 “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power.” I help them learn the verse by making up a few hand motions to increase the memory connection. (In this case, picture them showing big strong muscles with the word “strong” and doing a superhero move on the word “mighty”.)
Next, I tell them about how special it is to pray the very words God has given us. We know that we are praying in God’s will, and it helps our desires for life to align with His desires for us. We will then pray something like this together “Lord, please make us strong in you! Help us to know your mighty power. You are the One who makes us strong inside.” I give them an opportunity to pray, but it is no big deal if they choose not to.
If you have older children, you could choose a Psalm to read together and pray through one little bit at a time (Psalm 1 is a great place to start!).
As you are teaching them the concept of praying Scripture, the key is to keep it a joy-filled time together. Keep it fun and short! That will encourage them to continue coming back to this concept and appeal to them to dig deeper.
Give it a try this week! Praying God’s word together is an amazing heritage to leave your children!