3 Things Kids Should Know About Prayer

I was gifted a copy of Prayers for Boys by the publisher to review on my blog. All thoughts and opinions are 100% mine.

Were you taught about prayer growing up? I mean beyond the fact that you should do it. Were you taught how, or when, or where, or what to pray? I think most of my lessons on prayer came from what I saw most often -- prayers before meals or bedtime OR long, drawn out prayers with words I didn't understand in front of the congregation.

The thing is, I don't think we think much about teaching kids to pray. At least I haven't thought much about it. But, I've begun to realize how important it is for kids to know that there are MANY ways to pray and none of them are right or wrong. I have however begun to think a little bit about what I want Gunner to know about prayer whenever we begin teaching him about it, and I've come up with a short little list...


1) Prayer isn't about the words. I wish I'd embraced that fact when I was in high school or college when I was working as a youth intern. In high school I felt myself struggling to talk to God because I felt like it had to be formal. And in college, when I worked at a local church as a youth intern, I felt myself trying to say all of the "right" Christian words. Thankfully I now know that prayer is just a conversation with someone who deeply cares for you. It doesn't have to be formal or perfect, it just has come from your heart and what you're feeling.

2) It's okay to just be quiet during prayer. Prayer is a conversation. God wants to hear from you but he also wants to speak TO you. This is difficult for me so I think it's definitely something that would be difficult to teach kids, but I think it's important for kids to realize that God wants to communicate with them too.

3) Prayer isn't about just asking for things. God cares about our wants and desires, but most importantly he deserves our praise. Say thank you for everything you have and know that the Bible promises that God will always take cares of your needs.

Recently, I was sent the book Prayers for Boys and it is perfect for introducing the concept of prayer and specifically touches on the things I mentioned above. It's a short little board book that is easily read in one sitting and I think would be a great read when trying to instill prayer in children. There's also a girl version of the book with the same ideas but "more girly" images. 

Today, one of you has the chance to win a copy of Prayers for Boys or Prayers for Girls -- your choice! The giveaway is open to US residents only and you can enter via the Rafflecopter gadget below. Giveaway ends this Friday, the 26th at 12:00 am CST.