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Teaching Children to Pray

How many of us can say that we are comfortable with praying out loud? It is difficult even for those who were brought up in the faith and who accepted Jesus at an early age. Adults who are new believers - possibly not from Christian families - tell me that they are just now learning how to pray and will seldom pray out loud in front of anyone. They tell me that they wish they had been more exposed to prayer as children. Many may have experienced only the childhood prayers of “Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep…” at bedtime or “God is great, God is good and we thank Him for our food.” at mealtime. Their prayer experience never went any further except for possibly reciting the Lords Prayer in a large group. There is nothing wrong with these prayers. They are a great beginning, but more is needed if a child is to begin a lifetime of prayer.

Children learn first by imitating. It is important for children to hear their parents and/or grandparents pray for them and with them. What should you do to start a tradition of prayer for your own child?

When children begin to develop a prayer life at an early age, prayer becomes as natural as breathing out and breathing in. They are developing that close relationship that God wants all of us to have with Him.

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