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Children, Prayer & A Giveaway (Guest Post)

I am thrilled to have my good friend Gina from Silverlakesound sharing her heart on prayer today.  Make sure you read to the end.  There is a giveaway!

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I have always been very passionate about prayer. As I learned about the Importance of Corporate Prayer, I began to understand how I was “wired” and what I was really called to.  There is a personal, private prayer life, and a corporate, or public prayer life. Both are important, and while parents instill the private prayer life into their children, children also need to experience corporate prayer.  As a mom who loves the prayer room and loves to pray, I have such a desire to put that same passion inside of my children.  But how?  The only experience I’ve had with children connecting with God in prayer and worship is by having them actually do it.  It’s then that I remembered something from my Montessori teaching days… that is the Art of Facilitating.

The difference between “teaching” children and “facilitating” children is simply the “hands-on” aspect. Children learn much more when they do something for themselves, rather than having someone tell them how to do it.  Each time I teach children, I pray in the room that I will be using and ask God these questions:

  1. Lord, what do You have for the children today? What is on Your heart?
  2. Lord, what does this room need to look like today to help the children connect with Your heart?
  3. Lord, is there anything that You want me to share or show them that will help unlock their hearts to connect with You?

Jesus is really creative, and I am not. All of my best ideas come when I am asking these questions in the actual space that I will be using with the kids.  It is with that foundation that I developed these teachings on the Foundations of Prayer. This curriculum is not like other prayer curriculums, because we are not “teaching” prayer.  We are giving children the tools and letting them run their own prayer meetings. There are six different tools covered over an 8-week period:

Intercession (Asking Prayers)
Adoration (Adoring Prayers)
Declaration Prayers (Agreeing Prayers)
Communion or Fellowshipping with the Holy Spirit (Talking Prayers)
Thanksgiving (Thankful Prayers)
Scripture Meditation (Thinking Prayers)

We call it: Ask, Adore, Agree, Talk, Thank, Think.

I could share testimony after testimony of watching children get unlocked in the place of prayer and in the Word.  Because we are teaching them to pray using the Bible, they are memorizing scripture and are actually understanding what they are reading, because they are applying it to their own lives in the place of prayer.  It is fascinating how something so simple can affect our lives so deeply.

Whether you are a Sunday School teacher, work at a Christian school, or use these teachings at home with your own children, I believe you will be unlocked in your own prayer life as well as the children you are facilitating.

Thank you for taking the time to read this, and visit my blog for more resources or contact me anytime!

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Gina has graciously offered to give one of my readers a copy of her Foundations of Prayer teaching.  All you have to do is leave a comment and let me know how you currently teach your children about prayer.

*This giveaway is open to anyone. International entries welcomed.  This giveaway will end at 9PM (Pacific Time) on Sunday, October 28th.

 

 

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13 Comments

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    Dawn St Amand Paoletta
    October 21, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    Currently I pray with my daughter. We are going through a difficult season and praying for ways for her to connect again with God.
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      Gina
      October 22, 2012 at 12:57 pm

      Dawn, praying that the Lord gives you creativity in helping her connect with Him. Sometimes, it just overflows when we are connecting with Him– I am in a season of asking God the same for my children. – Gina

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      Barbie
      October 23, 2012 at 5:12 pm

      I’ll be praying for you my friend. I know that God restores, so I am asking Him to restore your daughter’s relationship both to God and to you.

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    Janet
    October 23, 2012 at 4:43 am

    I never really thought about teaching my children to pray just speaking their hearts to God. Just by watching us do it and encouraging them to too. I would love to win. Thank you for this giveaway!

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      Barbie
      October 23, 2012 at 5:10 pm

      Thank you Janet! Please be sure you reply to this comment and link your email address so that I can contact you if you win.

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        Janet
        October 29, 2012 at 8:14 am

        Hi Barbie,
        I received your email and sent you my address to your email at the church, I think. Have a beautiful day!

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    meredith
    October 23, 2012 at 9:26 am

    Hi, my name is meredith and I am a mom of three. I am always looking for ways to expand my kids’ prayer life. I use a variety of ways to incorporate prayer into every aspect of their lives. Currently, they really enjoy a jar full of popsicle sticks with different people from our lives that we may not ordinarily think of on a daily basis. They choose a stick and pray for that person. We go to the “prayer jar” before homework in the afternoons, sometimes in the evenings, and when we are just having a difficult time focussing on tasks at hand. Thank you for offering the giveaway.
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      Barbie
      October 23, 2012 at 5:10 pm

      Meredith, I love the popsicle stick idea! Thank you for sharing and good luck with the giveaway!

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    Dina
    October 23, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    Landing here after following your kind comment over on my blog and so grateful I did! I’m challenged to do more than just model prayer and lead my children in it, but to teach them to exercise this gift for themselves.

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      Barbie
      October 23, 2012 at 9:54 pm

      Thank you Dina for stopping over! I so appreciate it.

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    Jacquie
    October 24, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    This book of Gina’s looks fabulous! We’ve sought to teach our children how to pray by showing them how to use scripture and music with their prayers. They have a lot of fun with this and we’ve found it really good for teaching them about spiritual warfare as well!
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      Barbie
      October 24, 2012 at 9:18 pm

      I fully believe in scripture and music mixing with prayer! Thus why I love the House of Prayer so much. Good luck in the giveaway!

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    Ally
    October 25, 2012 at 10:34 am

    My mum told me once that she pondered on where her awareness of God stemmed from as a child. She grew up in a non-churchgoing family, and yet always felt God’s hand on her life. She awoke at 3 in the morning one night with a clear vision of a long-forgotten memory; of kneeling by the bed with her mother, as a wee small girl, repeating her bedtime prayers. It was this simple act that first developed in her an awareness of, and the need for, a relationship with the living God, our father in heaven. Now that I have two wee girls of my own, I am using simple nighttime prayer to introduce them to God, and the person of Jesus Christ. We read the Bible and sing, but prayer is an intimate conversation with a loved one.

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