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Our prayers begin with
praising God for who He is. I say, "Lord you are," and
my son fills in the blank. Sometimes he will say, "My
shepherd" or "So Awesome" or "The Greatest!"
Then we move into a time of
confession. I say, "Lord, forgive me for," and my son
will say "My sins. Like being mean to my brother."
Sometimes this part is hard for him when we pray
together. Sometimes, he doesn't want me to know what
he's done wrong. I remind him that God already knows his
sins and God just want him to confess and acknowledge
that he's knows he's done something wrong.
Next is a period of
thanksgiving. I say, "Lord, thank you for," and he fills
in with a laundry list of the people and things that
he's thankful for.
This is usually followed
by a time of supplication. I say, "Lord, please help
me," and he'll say something like "be obedient to my
parents" or "pass my spelling test." It is so awesome to
hear my son asking God to help with with big and small
things. It lets me know that he's beginning to
understand that God cares about everything in his life,
no matter how big or small.
Finally, we intercede for
the needs of others. I say, "Lord, please help" and
he'll say "my friends be obedient to their parents" or
"grandma to get well soon." He's learning at an early
age that he can pray for others needs too.
And of course we end
every prayer with "In Jesus Name we pray, Amen."
You can hear my son and I
go through this exercise in Episode #6 of the
Teach Kids The Bible
Lord, you are...(Praise &
Lord, forgive me
for...(Confession of Sins)
Lord, thank you
Lord, please help
Try this prayer model
with your children. Before long, they will not need you
to prompt them and they'll be praying by themselves!