A Christian once said, “Satan trembles when we pray.” This must certainly be true! Prayer brings us closer to God, reaffirms our faith, and comforts our hearts—trampling right over Satan’s devious ways.
It’s never too early or too late to teach a child to pray. Don’t know where to start? Here are some simple tips that you can start using in the classroom today!
Birth to preschool
- Teach these little ones that prayer is simply a conversation with God. There’s no need to use fancy words or follow a formula—just talk. They can do it aloud or silently. They can do it any place, at any time.
- Little kids may naturally be shy when praying. Remind them that there’s nothing too big or too small for God. He wants to hear it all!
- Kids this age usually have a difficult time grasping the needs of others. Of course, don’t neglect praying for other people, but it may be helpful to suggest prayers that center around the student. For example, pray for Grandma to get better instead of praying for orphans in Africa.
- Teach children the three ways that God answers prayer: yes, no, or wait.
- Help the children organize their prayers with CTA’s My Hand-y Way to Pray. These small prayer cards illustrate different prayer needs by using the fingers on their hands! The children are reminded to pray for themselves, their families, their leaders, and those who are in need.
- Keep a visual reminder of asked and answered prayers in the classroom. This could be a cross on the wall with sticky notes, a prayer box, or something else that allows the children to keep track of their prayers.
Middle school students
- Closely examine Matthew 6:5-15 with these pre-teens. Go line by line through the Lord’s Prayer and lead a discussion among the students about what we are really asking for when we use this prayer.
- Reinforce the different types of prayer, such as thanksgiving, praise, confession, and requests. Are the students always using one type of prayer?
- Teach the students about the importance of quiet prayer time and taking time to listen to God. Ask them where and when they like to pray.
High school students
- Spend time looking at prayer references in the Bible. Some examples are Matthew 5: 44, Matthew 21: 21-22, and Philippians 4: 6-7.
- Take time during class to discuss events in the news and pray about them. Encourage the students to look for the needs of their community and commit to praying daily for their neighbors.
- Memorize formal prayers and encourage students to use them when they are “stuck” in a prayer rut. They can pray the Psalms or use prayers that are specific to your religious denomination.