Monday, January 2, 2012

Teaching Your Child to Pray: Seven Prayers for Seven Days (Plus Free Printables!)

This is the first post in a series of ideas of things I'm doing to help teach my boys to pray.  Right now we pray at meals and when they go to sleep, but I wanted to begin making some more concentrated efforts to teach them what it looks like to talk to God.  They learn so much by observing what Matt and I do, so when I found this idea to pray 7 prayers for 7 days a while back I knew I wanted to do it!



I found the idea on Angie Smith's blog (wife of lead singer for Selah) quite a while ago and have had it in the back of my mind ever since.  I finally got organized and am going to share it with you today, plus some free printables.  That way, if you're a frazzled procrastinator like me, you don't have to get organized and can get started now!  :)



The basic idea is that you pray out loud for your child(ren) with your child(ren) present to hear you.  You use Scripture, but personalize it with their name and make it into a prayer.  Angie did the hard work and chose all of the Scripture already and adjusted the wording.  There are 7 different designated occasions to pray throughout the day that include:  when they wake up, when they're getting dressed, when they eat, when they leave the house, when they are taking a bath, when they are going to bed, while they are sleeping.  (Obviously they won't hear the last one.)  


I put my cards around the house in places that I will easily see them and be reminded to pray at the designated times.  Here's the one I have by the bathtub.






My one disclaimer is that I just copied and pasted Angie's prayers adapted from Scripture.  Many of them are worded in such a way that it assumes your child is already a believer.  I'm going to adapt it just a bit when I actually pray and include a short prayer that God would draw my kids to himself and that they would come to know him as their Savior.  


Want to know why it took me this long to do it?  It's ridiculous, really.  I don't like how my handwriting turns out when I try to write a bunch of stuff like this out.  Too many scribbles and mistakes and thinking something will take more or less space in the writing area than it actually does... and then I have to start over or hate how it looks for the duration that I use it.  I know... I've got issues.  :)  So, if you would like yours to look cute too, I made some printables that you can have!  I made a girl version (using "she" and "her"), a boy version (using "he" and "him") and a multiple children version (using "they" and "them").  Each one has a caption above the verse on the printable telling you which time of day the prayer is for.  Print any or all of the ones you want!


Here are the links to the printables:
For Girls
For Boys
For Multiple Children


I'm so excited to try this out!  I can't wait to see how the Lord uses this to make me and my children more conscious of God and our actions as we go about our day.  I'm committing to do this for one week.  If you're interested in joining us this week, we'd love to know!  I can't think of a better way to start the year!


 

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28 comments:

  1. I recently found your blog and love it! Thank you for these cards. I can't wait to get started!

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  2. Amazing!!! I love these Scriptures. I have a post for prayers for kids - I'm going to add a link to your page!! :)

    ~Bekah @SonshineTotSchool.blogspot.com

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  3. Here is the link: http://sonshinetotschool.blogspot.com/p/kingdom-kids-prayers.html

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  4. Thank you!! I have been looking for a way to do this!

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  5. Thank you!! I have been looking for a way to do this!

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  6. I absolutely love this idea! Thanks so much for sharing, and can't wait to get printing ;)

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  7. I LOVE this! Thanks for sharing and excited about getting started on this! :-)

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  8. Printing and laminating these to use this week. Thank you! Great printables!

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  9. What a fabulous idea! Am bookmarking this post and will get back to printing this week!

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  10. What a great idea. Definitely be putting these to use.

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  11. love this, and love that it's already put together :-) thanks so much for sharing.

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  12. I too just found your blog. Thank you for sharing. I have shared these with my church family. I look forward to your future posts!

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  13. I have been searching for resources to help teach my 8 and 4 year old more about the Lord. Thank you for this. This will be a great thing for so many parents and children. <3

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  14. I was wondering how you change the name in Adobe? This is the method its using to download. Thank you.

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  15. This is a neat idea! I printed them out and I want to link to this post on my blog!

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  16. Thank you for this wonderful help. On of our goals for 2012 is to intentionally teach our children to pray. Would you mind if I linked this article on my blog?

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  17. Thank you so much for your encouragement, ladies! We would be thrilled to have anyone interested link to this post. Thank you for passing the word along! I'm so encouraged that so many are excited about praying for and with their little ones! To those interested in customizing the cards specifically with your child's name... I'm working on that option. I haven't been successful yet, but I hope to figure it out! :) - Desiré

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  18. Love this idea. I was just praying about this today and ran across your blog. What a way to let the Lord become an every day part of our children's lives.

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  19. This is awesome! Thank you so much for sharing these printables. I can't wait to do this for my boys.

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  20. I'm excited to start...printing them off now. Thanks for sharing!

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  21. What an awesome idea! Thanks for sharing!

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  22. What a beautiful idea! I just downloaded the prayers. Thanks for the resources.
    I'm hosting 31 days of Praying Proverbs 31 for daughters. I'd love to have you stop by! http://www.prayingproverbs31.com/p31blog/

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  23. I love the idea of praying scripture over my children! I recently printed, laminated, and posted these prayers. I'm excited to give it a try. I linked this post in my own blog post about teaching our children to pray: http://turning-our-hearts.blogspot.com/2012/02/teaching-our-children-to-pray.html. I also mentioned that your blog is FANTASTIC, which it is! Truly a blessing to me and so many other Christian parents. Thank you for sharing a bit of your lives with us!

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  24. Your post described our habits completely! and I love Selah!! The exception is that I pray alot but just to myself out of training and have realized that I should aloud so my boys hear it!
    Thank you for this post and the inspiration!!! Marking this as a to-do!!

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  25. I LOVE this! I saw this on Angie's old blog years ago. Since she changed the name, I never could find the post again. I had printed it, but it was so small. Thank you for making these cards! They are amazing. I cannot wait to print them out and post them around my house, reminding me to pray for my children. ~Erin R

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