What do walks, rocks, maps, cards, and pictures all have in common? They’re great tools for equipping kids to become people of prayer. Learn how!
Prayer isn’t just bowing your head and closing your eyes to talk to our Lord. Here are a few ideas to get you praying and thinking about praying!
-Go on a family prayer walk: thank God for the beauty of His creation, intercede for neighbors, pray for safety on the roads, for our civil servants, anything the Spirit lays on your heart.
-Have a child find a unique rock and call it the prayer rock. Have another child start with the rock first; he/she says a prayer for another family member and hides it where only that person will find it relatively easily (i.e. in a sock drawer, with toothbrush, in a shoe, etc.). Then the receiver does the same for another family member and hides if for that person. Continue the prayer game for a week, and then talk together about how it made each person feel to pray for another and to know that another prayed for him/her.
-Use local, state, national and global maps to find out more about each location and then pray according to what is discovered. It’s fun to learn about different places. Add prayer to it and it will be a joy. Watch the news and see how your prayers might be answered.
-Keep your Christmas cards. Pull out a different one each day or week, and pray for those friends.
-Pictures are a great prayer prompt. Post photos of unsaved family and friends, our American troops, the President, church leaders, kids’ friends, etc. on a bulletin board wherever one can see it. Before everyone goes to bed, each person prays for someone.