The following post was written by Mona McDonald, Family Ministries Coordinator of First Southern Baptist Church Scottsdale, Arizona.
You can make a difference in the lives of children and their families by praying for them and by teaching them how to pray.
The prayers of a child are special to God because the child is special to Him. One of the greatest gifts teachers can give to a child is to teach them to pray. Prayer can be fun and simple to teach. Try these ideas with children and encourage their families to try them, too:
• Prayer walk outside, thanking God for the beauty of creation
• Prayer walk your church and school campus, stopping at doors to pray for the person who works or teaches in that room
• Adopt a missionary kid your class can pray for; obtain a picture of the child so they can see for whom they are praying
• Take children to the altar one at a time and pray with her about something she suggests
• Make a Prayer Notebook using a three ring binder and sheet protectors. Include letters and pictures of missionaries, government leaders, or church leaders in the notebook as prayer reminders
• Make it a “special gift” to be prayed for on their birthday; Numbers 6:24-26 is a great scripture to pray for each child
You can also pray these Scriptures for children and families:
Deuteronomy 6:5: May this child love the Lord our God with all his heart and with all his soul and with all his strength.
Joshua 24:15: But as for these households, may they serve the Lord.