How Do You Teach A Child To Pray?

If you’re a young  parent, how do you pray with your young children?

As a parent  how do  you approach the task of teaching a toddler to speak to his or her Creator?

When do  you introduce the act of prayer into your child’s life?

When you started praying with your child, did they understand?


What do your child pray about?  source:
I found those questions to be some what  interesting....Most times  children are excluded from prayer... They are prayed for, over, and around.... The meals they eat are blessed for them...By watching and listening  they learn....So how do you teach a child to pray?

Comments

  1. I got mine started with the Lords Prayer when they were old enough to talk, and every few months I would break down each line and explain what it meant. Then I would let them add people and things that they loved and wanted God to take care of. Then I added people and places they didn't know. I did the same thing with praying over meals.

    You never really know how it's working, but I got a good idea of it when my youngest son was five and had to say the opening prayer for the Childrens' Christmas program. We didn't tell him what to say, just say what was on his heart. The boy prayed for two full minutes, and included homeless people, old people, children with no toys, etc. The church was in a frenzy, and we were shocked. But I guess some of that stuff got through, and I assume it did for the oldest and babygirl too.

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  2. My wife and I pray with my 6 year old before he goes to sleep (Now I Lay me down to sleep. I pray the Lord my soul to keep....), as well as before meals. He also listens to us whenever we pray during family dinners. So he has picked up on the way we pray as well as developed his own style of prayer. We make sure that he understands that prayer time is you talking to God and that you should always be serious and sincere when you do it.

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  3. @Dwane T.thanks for your comment..."The boy prayed for two full minutes, and included homeless people, old people, children with no toys, etc....I love it!I wish I could have witness that.

    Rev.Mike thanks for your comment...that's the prayer that I taught my kids also...I learned it as a youth myself.

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  4. Amazing work. God bless wonderfully your life!

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  5. Amazing work. God bless wonderfully your life!

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  6. I got mine started with the Lords Prayer when they were old enough to talk, and every few months I would break down each line and explain what it meant. Then I would let them add people and things that they loved and wanted God to take care of. Then I added people and places they didn't know. I did the same thing with praying over meals.

    You never really know how it's working, but I got a good idea of it when my youngest son was five and had to say the opening prayer for the Childrens' Christmas program. We didn't tell him what to say, just say what was on his heart. The boy prayed for two full minutes, and included homeless people, old people, children with no toys, etc. The church was in a frenzy, and we were shocked. But I guess some of that stuff got through, and I assume it did for the oldest and babygirl too.

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