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I have always believed it is important to teach children to pray as early as possible. As soon as they start learning to speak, they can learn how to pray. My parents taught us to repeat a sweet little prayer every night before bedtime. I taught my children that same prayer when they were young toddlers, but then I realized that I didn’t just want them to learn to repeat prayers. I wanted them to learn to pray their own prayers so I started teaching them to talk to the Lord. I taught them to tell Him what was on their hearts. Looking back, I think both methods are helpful when teaching children to pray.
There is another way to teach children to pray. Jesus gave us an example of how to pray in Matthew 6:9-13. This passage of scripture is called The Lord’s Prayer.
Pray, then, in this way:
Our Father who is in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
Your kingdom come.
Your will be done,
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
Rick Warren has written a children’s book about The Lord’s Prayer. I think the book is a great resource for teaching children how to pray.
As you can see by the photo above, the illustrations are great. There is a place on this page at the beginning of the book for an adult to write who the book is from if it is given as a gift.
On one page, Mr. Warren features a verse from the Lord’s Prayer found in the book of Matthew. On the next page, he provides a child friendly description of what that verse means.
In The Lord’s Prayer by Rick Warren, children read each line of scripture from the King James Version. Then, with child-friendly language and appealing illustrations by Richard Jesse Watson, the popular scripture passage is made more relatable to kids.
I think the book is definitely a useful tool for teaching children how to pray. If you’re interested in a obtaining a copy for your child’s library, you will find it here.