Prayer can be intimidating, especially if it’s new to you. Sometimes we overthink it. We think, I’m talking to the creator of the universe, God the Father, the most holy one! We might not think our prayers are good enough or might become self-conscience and lose all train of thought. We might be upset and can’t get any words out. Sometimes we might feel like we are saying the same thing over and over.
First and foremost, God knows your heart. He knows what you mean even if you don’t feel that you are doing it right.
Jesus gave us a model for prayer called The Lord’s Prayer found in Matthew 6:8-13 (NKJV)
For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him. 9 In this manner, therefore, pray:
Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
10 Your kingdom come.
Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts,
As we forgive our debtors.
13 And do not lead us into temptation,
But deliver us from the evil one.
For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
This passage has received some negative criticism, which is a shame because it is the word of God. It has been prayed as a routine prayer and some individuals say it and have no idea of the power behind the words. Read it with your children in mind, it will open your mind and heart to prayer.
Verse 10 states “your kingdom come, your will be done.” We can insert our childrens’ names into that and ask God that our children are living their lives in the will of God.
Verse 11 discusses provision. We can ask God to provide for the needs of our children. Every child has a different need and we can ask God to meet their need whether it’s a problem in school, with friends, or even a financial need.
Verse 12 talks about forgiveness. Simply insert your child’s name and ask God to help them forgive others and to have others forgive them.
Verse 13 encourages us to pray that our children do not fall into sin. So when you pray this verse, add your child’s name and pray for them.
The last line, “for yours is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever, Amen” gives honor to God. This is a form of worship.
And amen means so be it, say it’s so. That’s an affirmation meaning that it will happen.
Be encouraged as you pray for your children. Prayer changes things and nothing is too difficult for God!
As a side note, this is a great way to teach your children to pray.