Kid’s Prayers “God Is Our Provider” Lesson

This past weekend, we chatted with the elementary age children about how God is our provider based on the scriptures of Exodus 15 – 16.

During the worship response time, we talked about how even though God is big, He cares about the small details of our life. We gave all the children slips of paper and had them think about an area of their life where they needed prayer. Some didn’t take it seriously, but others did.

Here are the results that I got.

“I want to pray for my MAP test for me to get a good grade”

“I pray that Northern California stay safe”

“I pray for everyone to stay safe”

“My family”


“I want got to know”

“Pray for my aunt”

“For everyone to be safe and love by God”

“I want an amazing Christmas”

“New friends”

Throw in a few for a dog, and surprised a lot of them want robots (which shows that they haven’t seen the Terminator movies).

One of the joys of Kidmin is that children surprise me every week. They are not supposed to be mature; then you see great maturity. I love that some of them thought past their needs and wanted, and prayed for the safety of others.

I am very proud of these special ones, and I pray for their needs (and wants). Lord hear their prayers.


Your Prayer Life Impacts Your Family’s Prayer Life

There are some things that come natural. For example, I am naturally gifted in putting my foot in my mouth, both literally and figuratively. I am also good at making awkward moments more awkward. I wish I was naturally good at sports or something useful, but God blessed me in the ways of weirdness.

The normal qualities in life are the things that I have to work for on a regular basis. My prayer life is one of those “work in progress” types of things. You would think, being a person who makes a living by communication and spirituality, that I would be great at prayer? I wish it were so, but instead of an eloquent, tearful and thoughtful prayer, you hear a fumbler, mumbler, and word repeater. One time I prayed these words, “we are blessed because of our blessings.” Okay, maybe I didn’t say it that beautifully. My prayers always make me feel like I did a disservice to the people who are needing prayer.

We all struggle with certain things and there are certain things that we can just stop doing and move on to something different. But praying and other spiritual disciplines, are things that we shouldn’t quit simply because we are bad at doing them. Being better at prayer isn’t just good for my job, it is also good for my family.

Why is it good for my family to see and hear my prayers?

First, you are setting aside your time to show your family the importance of prayer. Having times of vocal prayer at dinner time or bedtime are vital spiritual moments where our children learn to communicate thankfulness and concerns to our God every day. Communication with God is essential in continuing an active relationship with Him.

Second, you can hear your families concerns even if you didn’t know they had concerns. There is something about prayer that brings out honesty and transparency in people, even children. To hear them praying for schoolmates might be a sign that they are being treated poorly by others. hearing them pray for someone who is sick, may be a sign that they are thinking about their mortality, which is a good sign they are ready to make a commitment to Christ. Those things, may not come up in the daily routine, so having a set-aside prayer time can highlight those things.

But what if I am personally uncomfortable with my own prayers?

First, welcome to the club. It might not be the greatest club, but we do have some good fundraisers for trips to Disney World, where we can stand awkwardly in lines for hours at a time.

Seriously, you need to work on it. You need to recognize those bad habits you have like repeating nonsensical words over and again. What helps me, is to slow down, and when I start repeating, I pause and think before I speak.

Sometimes I think about those prayer acronyms that help you focus your prayer time.

Here are a few that might help

ACTS – Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, and Supplication
PRAY – Praise, Repent, Ask And Yield

or just KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid)

Prayer is something that we can’t give up in our life simply because we are not good at it. Prayer builds up your relationship with God, and it helps build your family’s relationship with God. No matter how you feel, don’t neglect your prayer time.

You Need To Be Patient With Your Child’s Faith

The importance of being a Christian parent is preparing your children to one day accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. My oldest son is getting close, to understanding what it means by putting your faith Christ. Currently, he is almost there, but he just doesn’t understand some important elements of faith.

An example of what I mean, he wants to be baptized because he feels bad for sinning. He believes baptism will automatically make him behave better. That somehow, when he get’s out of the water, it will make him a good person, but that is not why we baptize. Baptism is not something we do to make us a better person, but to symbolize Jesus’s death and resurrection.

He’s not ready, but he’s close.

Barna brings up an encouragement about great parents.

The great parents we studied typically waited for their children to make the decision to pursue Christ as their Savior, preparing them for that choice by educating them about the Christian faith and demonstrating what it looks like in practice. The most impressive facet of this process was the amount of prayer that these parents invested in their children’s future spiritual standing. 1

This quote reminded of God’s patience with us, found in 2 Peter 3:9

The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead, he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

If God is patient with us all in accepting Christ, I as a parent need to patient with my own child. Though he is close, he is not there. I, as a mature adult, shouldn’t be pressuring him to be making this important decision. So I must continue to keep showing him faith by my actions and continue to educate him about God through His words.

Those two things alone are an important part of the process, but we cannot forget prayer. If we believe in God changing lives through prayer, we better believe He can change the lives of our own children.

Continue to practice the faith, educate them about God, and always be praying.

  1. Barna, George (2010-09-01). Revolutionary Parenting: Raising Your Kids to Become Spiritual Champions (Kindle Locations 1556-1559). Tyndale House Publishers. Kindle Edition.. 

The Daily Car Ride

The dinner table, at one point, was the central moment in the day for growing faith in children. There are plenty of books out there about taking back that one hour every night, to sit down to a nice meal and talk about Jesus Christ.

I am not against dinner table faith conversations, and I encourage it. If you want a great book to read about the subject check out “The Hour That Matters The Most” by Les and Leslie Parrott. It is a great read with challenging words and helpful tips.

But lets be realistic, most parents are stuck in an awful routine that involves running from place to place. The new dinner table is the car ride.

Any given day, you might spend almost a full hour in the car and instead of playing music the whole time, why not take the time and talk about God.

I have a routine with my boys every school morning. When we arrive at school, we pray. Sometimes we both do, but one of us does pray every time. Even if we are running late. A tardy is not as important as talking with God. We praise God for our family. We pray for the day, and for the teachers and the staff.

On the way home, we take a few minutes to chat about the day. I ask them, “What ways did you show God’s love.” Sometimes it isn’t much and sometimes it is hard to hold back tears, and the profound answers my seven year old brings up. Some moments are difficult like when a child was being a bully, but I allow time to talk about how to show kindness and what are productive ways to handle the situation.

I can tell you those moments are wonderful and something you can do easily.