There is so much going on in the world, and our children are not immune to it. Unfortunately, we cannot hide them from the evils and disparities that happen daily.
I’ve realized instead of sheltering them from the issues I needed to include and guide them by teaching my children the most powerful thing they can do, pray.
Prayer is how we communicate with God, by teaching them early, we are encouraging a strong prayer life and foundation to deal with any situation they will encounter in life.
Today, I am sharing 7 reasons why we need to help our children build a prayer life:
Prayer develops their relationship with God. Every time our children pray they are acknowledging that they serve and depend on a sovereign God.
Prayer strengthens their relationship with God. When they share their concerns with the Lord it creates an opportunity to witness, and trust in Him to answer their prayers.
Prayer teaches compassion. When they learn about issues like war, poverty, death and take the time to pray for others, it allows them to see the needs of people and empathize with the hurts of others.
Prayer develops patience. When we encourage our children to talk or ask God for something, they learn to anticipate His response on the matter.
Prayer builds hope. Sharing their desires with God and awaiting His mighty hand at work, shows God’s divine power and increases their belief and trust in Him.
Prayer grows their confidence. They begin to see that the God of the universe hears and answers prayers whether big or little or in good or challenging times, God listens.
Amazingly, I have watched my children pray for me in times of need, and encourage others to pray.
Prayer is an essential part of our Christian walk, as parents, we have the privilege of modeling and leading our children to pray.
casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you –1 Peter 5:7 (ESV)
How do you encourage your children to develop a prayer life?