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:
- Lord, what do You have for the children today? What is on Your heart?
- Lord, what does this room need to look like today to help the children connect with Your heart?
- 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.