Please do not read the title of this post and ignore! Even if you’re not a Christian, practising praying actually has many benefits and as a parent children’s prayers can also give you a little insight into your child’s mind.
One of #JasperBean’s favourite book is the Baby Bible: Stories about Jesus and I try and reinforce the idea that praying is a way we talk to God and get His direction for our lives. Even if we can’t see him, He is always there to listen to us and we can prayer anytime of the day. You’re probably think that he might be too young to fully understand the concept of God, but as we prayer together during mealtimes, bedtime and when we feel happy, frustrated and scared. I can really see that there is something tinkering away in his little head. It may take some time for him to acknowledge that there is no prayer too small for God but for now, I am happy that we are partaking in this activity together as a family.
I find the following prayers great to go through with my child as they harbour a greater meaning to life. These are not my prayers, they were either shared from the internet or from friends/family and you definitely do not have to follow it word by word, adapt and change them up to however it fits you and your family’s day. I enjoy adding these to my daily prayer routine and feel that they add value to building our relationship with God and making pray habitual. They are short and easy to understand, so I hope you can utilise them as well and share with your friends/family.
Tips for teaching your child to pray:
- Keep prayers short and simple.
- Its never too early to start praying. They don’t need to be able to speak. They can listen, imitate what you do or repeat what you say. Laying a good foundation is what you’re aiming for.
- Start by incorporating prayers into your normal daily routines, such as mealtimes and bedtime.
- But don’t make praying a chore that is only set at particular times. This should be spontaneous and fun for your child.
- Set an example. When your child sees you praying, they will see how easy it is to talk to God through prayer.
- Teach different types of prayers. Thanks, healing, forgiveness, praying for others etc.
- “Dear God, Thank you for…”
- “Dear God, Please bless…”
- “Dear God, Please help me…”
- Tell your child how much God loves them and how much He loves to hear their prayer.
Do you pray with your child? Please share any tips you have in the comment section below. If you’re an Atheist, have you ever tried praying? If not, give it a shot. You have nothing to lose and I guarantee that even if you think nothing has changed, you will definitely feel better.
Thanks for reading and until next time…
Love and Amen, MsMamaBean x
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