by Mandy Groot/ September 20, 2017
I recently had the opportunity to model prayer for my 7-year-old son, Noah. Here’s the thing: At that moment, modeling prayer wasn’t intentional. I was on the phone with a family member who needed prayer. As I began to pray with him, I noticed Noah sitting next to me. His hands were folded, fingers interlocked, and eyes closed as I prayed. My prayerful words began to mean more and became more deliberate. Why? Shouldn’t it always be the same?
At that moment, I was reminded of the cliché, “Kids are always watching.” Just as it states in Matthew 18:20, “For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them” (NIV). Our prayer was being heard, and we felt it. What happened next was even better! Ten minutes after hanging up, I received another phone call from my family member shouting, “The prayer worked!” That moment had an impact that shaped Noah’s view of prayer and communication with God.
It’s important that we are intentional in teaching and modeling prayer for children. Here are three simple steps to build confident, praying kids:
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