Why Is Prayer Important?


General Suggestions

  • Set an example by praying with your children and for them.
  • Set the tone by remembering God’s sovereignty and character.
  • Start small.
  • Keep it simple.
  • Pray regularly about everyday life events.
  • Make times of family prayer part of your daily routine.
  • Discuss the meaning of prayer with your children.
  • Pray the Bible.
  • Encourage and affirm your children often.
  • Be consistent.
  • Remind yourself of the power of prayer.

Read expanded general suggestions here.


Practical Suggestions

  • Eliminate distractions as much as possible.
  • Use a model, especially with younger children.
    • A.C.T.S. Prayer Model
    • Five Finger Prayer Model
  • Keep a running family prayer journal.
  • Take your children on a prayer walk.
  • Encourage your children to write prayer letters to God.
  • Make a photo collage of people you want to pray for.
  • Make a prayer card box.
  • Use technology. 

Read expanded practical suggestions here.


What to Pray for?

  • Praise God for his attributes.
  • Ask God to reveal specific sin in your life and confess it to him.
  • Thank God for a recently answered prayer.
  • Thank God for something for which you’ve never previously thanked him.
  • Pray for the spread of the gospel (Ephesians 6:19–20; Colossians 4:3–4; 2 Thessalonians 3:1).
  • Pray for unreached peoples and/or missionaries.
  • Pray for unsaved family, friends, and neighbors.
  • Pray for leaders (1 Timothy 2:1–4).
  • Pray for enemies (Matthew 5:44).
  • Pray through a Bible text.
  • Pray through the news.
  • Pray for your neighborhood, city, state, and nation.
  • Pray 6 “D’s” for yourself or others.
  • Pray for what the early church prayed for.

Read expanded explanations of what to pray for here.


Recommended Resources[1]

  • Lord, Teach Us To Pray by Sally Michael
  • The Inductive Bible Study Handbook by Sally Michael
  • 52 Simple Ways To Teach Your Child To Pray by Roberta Hromas
  • Teaching Children to Pray by Bible Study Fellowship
  • A Few Suggestions for Encouraging Children in Prayer by Sally Michael
  • 71 Ways to Pray

View descriptions of the above resources and even more resources here.


Parenting Toolbox main page

Leading Your Children to Pray (Long Version)


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[1] The supreme parenting “resource” is the Bible. Therefore, all secondary resources—even at their finest—are subordinate to Scripture. The closer resources are to Scripture, the better they are. Though Bethlehem may not agree with or endorse 100% of the content of the following resources, we have found them to be generally drawn from or in line with Scripture and helpful to parents.

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