RELATED VERSE: THY KINGDOM COME, THY WILL BE DONE, ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN
A Letter to Read/Use As A Guide With Your Children
I want you to know, I am earnestly praying you will all learn how to earnestly pray. Did you know, your Father and Creator longs to hear your voice, and desires a sweet personal relationship with you? Prayer is so important, dear children, for so many different reasons.
1. In prayer, we can worship God. Lift Him up, children; speak and sing to Him concerning His power and greatness. This will remind you of your humble position before your mighty God, who is so full of love for you. He is worthy to be praised!
2. In prayer, we can be thankful to God. Look around, children; you are blessed. Never forget to thank the Bestower of every good gift, especially for the gift of freedom we have in Christ. This alone should be a reason to always be grateful. He has given you life everlasting! What an unfathomable blessing!
But also, sweet ones, always remember to be thankful for the little things. For example, when I was in college, my roommate, Stacy, and I would thank God at night for “three good things” concerning that particular day. It was a good little game; and sometimes, the focus on the “good things” would change my whole disposition before I went to sleep! (Even if, on occasion, our third “good thing” was simply that we did not have to think of a fourth “good thing”) As hard and miserable as the day may have seemed, we would have to giggle at our tired humor. You see, God promises to honor even your attempts at a thankful heart, filling us with a peace that passes all understanding.
3. In prayer, we can ask for forgiveness from our sin. Never forget to do this, sweet ones. There has to be an emptying out before there can be a pouring in, otherwise the clear fresh Water will turn a murky brown. Remember, He already knows your sin, but, He is waiting to hear you speak from your troubled heart. It’s called confession.
4. In prayer, we can cry out to God concerning ourselves—in our sorrow, in our pain, in our struggles, in our confusion. I cannot tell you, dear ones, how many times I have cried, and even sobbed before the Lord—sometimes speaking, sometimes speechless (for the Holy Spirit has words for us when we cannot express our trouble or sorrow). And, you know, afterwards, I come away so refreshed! Having faith that my plea for help has been heard, I grasp hold of the endless compassion He has poured all over my heart. Pour out your heartache before Him, children. He is listening!
5. In prayer, we can cry out to God concerning others. Children when you feel completely helpless concerning someone else’s situation, or struggle, or tragedy, the absolute BEST thing you can do for them is pray. God is the One in control of their life, so plead your case before Him and cry for mercy before the God of all mercy. Pray for them to have the treasures of His will: His comfort, His direction, His healing, and His love. If you fervently pray for the hearts and souls of other people, you will be sure to see God at work, in His time and in His way (and sometimes through you!). Your faith, and theirs, will be strengthened through watching Him answer prayers.
Children, I think you’ve figured out by now that neither your Daddy nor I are sinless. Do please forgive us when our own sin has affected you. We do love you the best we humanly can, but God is the one Who has the perfect love for you. I, also, have to continually go to this perfect One to be wiped clean. I’m still learning, just like you are. But, I have figured out (by the grace of God), the more I speak to Him, and the more I give up my will to Him, then the more He is able to rescue me from my “old self,” and replace it with the “new.”
As the familiar praise-song teaches, “Our God is an awesome God who reigns… with wisdom, power, and love.” Talk to Him, dear children, in the morning, at noon, and at night. Then, you will discover how much this awesome God cares for your little heart.
Teaching Tools/Activities For Your Children
1. Construct a prayer together with your children using the five points in the letter.
Praise God for the one attribute of His character;
Thank God for one “good thing”;
Pray for one Godly attribute you would like to attain over time (patience, kindness, self-control, etc.);
Pray for one person;
Pray for forgiveness of one sin.
2. Get on your knees and pray this prayer with your children. Remind them, they can also pray throughout the day alone.
3. Practice this exercise again and again, asking your children to change the one attribute of God, the one “good thing,” etc., each time. Explain to them, they are beginning to learn the concept of “praying without ceasing”.
A Prayer To Pray Over Your Children
Dear Heavenly Father,
I pray each of my children will regard praying to You—the altogether righteous, yet merciful God—as an honor and a privilege. For the price was the blood of Jesus, in order to be able to step into Your presence in this way! As they meditate on Your broad and amazing character, may they, with a thankful heart, praise and worship You. May they use songs, hymns, and spiritual songs, proclaiming, “the Lord lives, and blessed be my rock, and exalted be the God of my salvation” (Ps. 18:46).
At the same time they are lifting Your Name on high, may my children also humble themselves in Your presence, dear Lord. Convict them of their sin. Give them the ability to confess this to You on bended knee. Help them to empty themselves, so You can both purify them, and fill them with Your marvelous grace!
And as my children continue to pray, keep them sensitive not only to their own needs, but also to the needs of others. May they petition these things to You, Holy Father, knowing and believing that You, dear Jesus, ever live to make intercession for your children. Thank You for the promise, of being able to ask anything according to Your will, and it will be given to us!
O God, You are a jealous God. What an incredible truth to know that You, the King of Heaven and Earth, cherish the voice of each child you created. And not only do you love us, You also allow us to (somehow in Your wonderful mysterious way) “play a role” in the furthering of your kingdom as we devote ourselves to prayer. Thank You for Your Word which says, “the effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much” (James 5:16). Impress on my children’s hearts, dear Lord, to pray in this manner, so Your power and Your glory may be manifested in their lives. May the way You choose to answer their prayers be a great faith- builder in their relationship to You, just as it has been in mine.
Thank You, dear Father, for Your compassionate listening ear, Your faithful working hands, and Your unconditional loving heart. May my children forever cling to You – always praising, always confessing, and always crying out to You as their Lord and as their Saviour.
Scripture references in letter:
Ps. 145:1-3; I Thess. 5:18; Phil. 4:6-7; Ps. 5:1-3; Ps. 143:4-8; Rom. 8:26-27; Eph. 6:18; James 5:13-18; Heb. 4:15- 16; Ps. 51:1-13; Ps. 55:16-17
Scripture references in prayer:
Ps. 150:1-6; I John 1:9; Heb. 7:25; Luke 17:11-19; Ps. 61:1-4; I Thess. 5:17