Teaching Children to Pray
Does having your child/youth read or memorize a prayer, then repeat that same prayer over and over really bring out what is in your child’s mind and heart? Many parents and teachers are currently using four methods to teach children to pray these:
- Modeling by parents. this the best method, but it is no longer working because 98% of parents today report that they feel uncomfortable praying around or don’t know how to pray themselves. Only two percent of today’s parents report praying with with their children when a situation occurs.
- Listening to a prayer or a “say after me” prayer created by an adult who doesn’t even know the child. Memorization methods have been replaced by thinking methods in secular world, but NOT in Christian Education.
- Repeating a memorized prayer over and over again for years. This was never effective because these ideas were not the children’s thoughts and feelings.
- Or just skip prayer altogether and focus on studying the Bible. This is the most frequently used method today.
While our youth know about God and Jesus, they do not have an ongoing, meaningful relationship with God. This needs to be changed. Prayers from the Heart will teach you how to change one child at a time.
This new brainstorming method (Prayers from the Heart) helps guides you to opening the heart and mind of your child before praying. These Biblically-based prayer-times equip your child for any situation. Many parents are excited because they learn to pray too.
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