As a whole church family we are taking some time this year to re-focus on prayer, and so this extends to our children and young people too.
We’re aware that some of you have favourite books and resources and some of you would like to pick something up, or just try something new, but wherever you’re at, we hope that the list below will bless and encourage you and your families.
If you have a favourite – why not share in your Growth Group and encourage each other.
Books & Devotionals
5 things to pray for your kids
I love these little books, and often have one on the go.
We are probably already convinced of our need to pray for our children, but this book gives a helpful structure to our prayers and can remind us of aspects that we’ve forgotten or neglected to pray for recently.
What every child should know about Prayer
This book will introduce children to the gift of prayer and will encourage them to enjoy speaking to their father God
Beautiful pictures with small and clear explanations of all sorts of aspects of prayer.
40 Days, 40 Bites
In 40 tasty, easily digestible, bites you can travel round God’s amazing world –and pray!
This book covers over twenty different countries including Algeria, China, and North Korea. It covers a variety of issues such as Poverty, Clean Water and Translation. This family guide to praying for the world will open your eyes to the need and challenge you to come before God and pray.
Praying through the Bible for your Kids
In The One Year Praying through the Bible for Your Kids, author Nancy Guthrie weaves together wisdom and insight from each day’s reading in The One Year Bible, providing encouragement through the triumphs and turbulence of parenting. Day by day you’ll find your dreams and desires for your children are becoming shaped more by Scripture than by the culture around you. Worry less, pray more, and help yourself to a daily dose of perspective, hope, and grace as you parent.
NOT YET AVAILABLE – but perhaps worth a pre-order? There’s never a bad time to start after all….
Biographies of Missionaries
Helen Roseveare and Amy Carmichael
Both of these ladies have amazing answers to prayer as pivotal parts of their testimony.
Keeping a Prayer Diary as a family is a really great way to be encouraged by the way that God answers prayer, and also keep you praying for a variety of different things, while keeping you focused at the same time.
You could use an ordinary notebook or buy something especially for the job (there are some really lovely ones around like this one from Cheerfully Given designed simply but still fun for families, or this one for teens and adults)
Choose how often you’ll use it (weekly/nightly/monthly) and go for it!
Tubes filled with little sticks (dippers) and a detailed instruction leaflet. Each stick includes a theme, a Bible reference for you to read, a question to discuss together and a prayer point to encourage you to speak to God. Can be easily adapted to suit children of different ages.
Variation on a theme here really…
Find a jam jar and either write some topics that you can pray about together, or have the paper and a pen easily accessible so that folk can write prayer points on, fold up and pop in the jar.
You could theme it for each day (Monday Mission Partner, Thursday Thankfulness etc) or you could just keep adding to it. You could pray one each at each meal time, or you could set aside 10 mins on a particular day and pray as many as you can.
There are probably as many variations of this as there are families so come up with your own version and be assured there is “no wrong way as long as you pray”…. (#sorrynotsorry)
What to say....
It’s easy to feel that you can say anything (true) to God but also not where to start.
Here are some suggestions to perhaps get you moving…
- The Lord’s Prayer is a really good way to start, so perhaps learn to say it together as a family.
- TSP (or teaspoon) Prayers. Think of something to say Thank you to God for, something to say Sorry to God for, and then a Please. This is really great if you are under 7.
- STOP. Same idea – but this time it’s Sorry, Thanks, Others, Please. This is good if you are 7-11
- ACTS. Next step up! Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication… It just orders your thoughts and keeps God in the right place – at the front.
- Hand Prayers. We’ve often used these in church. Click here to download the template we’ve sent out before.
- Prayer Dice. Print off the net of a cube. Write some prayers on each face, and then make it up into a dice to roll and then pray what it lands on. This is good for things like praying for a Mission Partner, or for saying grace so that you don’t say the same things every time.