The other night our family gathered around the table ready to begin eating dinner. We asked the question, like every night, “who wants to pray?” They began to fight over who prayed last and no one volunteered, nor showed interest in praying. It really hit me in a powerful way. I shared that we should be eager and excited to talk to God! He is the God of the whole universe, and we should be desiring to talk to Him at every chance we can get. I hope this hit home with my children, but my words rang true in my own heart. I must confess, that I’m not always eager to pray. I will do everything else first before I take the time to sit down and pray. It takes calming down our anxious and busy minds and hearts and focusing on our Heavenly Father. How can we help our little ones understand that they have a Heavenly Father? Here are some simple ways you and I can cultivate this at home today.
Talk About Him Daily
A relationship takes work and time. We must get into the habit of talking to God daily.
Focus On Worship
As a family, focus on a time of worship together. Worship has a powerful way of connecting our heart to God.
Be Thankful For All Your Blessings
Discontentment breeds an unthankful heart. When we are unthankful, we can quickly grow bitter. Practice thanking God daily for His many blessings in our lives.
Recognize We Need God’s Help Daily
Together, talk about our need for God’s help daily! Share some of your own struggles with your children and how much even Mommy and Daddy need God’s help. Remember, He’s a good Father. You have heard a thousand stories, but the truth in Good Good Father for Little Ones will move your heart. This precious rhyming board book, written by Grammy award-winning Christian music artist Chris Tomlin and Pat Barrett (Housefires), leaves little ones with a greater understanding of who God is and who they are because they are loved by Him.
Read this touching story to your children and wait for any questions or comments they may voice. Listening to our children’s questions will give a good indication of where their heart is and how God may be working below the surface.
Keep A Family Prayer Journal
Keep a prayer journal together as a family. Write down answers to prayer. When our children can see God moving in their prayer life, it will grow their faith leaps and bounds!
Have a Prayer “Prompt” Jar At The Table
This is something I really want to start. Sometimes we just don’t know what to pray, right? Consider making up some prayer request prompts on pieces of paper or even popsicle sticks.
For example: Dear Heavenly Father, Please help my friend _____________ feel better soon. I want to lift up Grandma _____________ to you. Please help me spend more time reading your word. I want to lift the leaders of our country up to you in prayer. May you work in their lives in a powerful way. Model Sincere Prayers Before Them Our children will be able to tell when our prayers are rushed and insincere. In order to have a powerful prayer life, we need to get close to our Heavenly Father on our own. When our children see us being eager and sincere in our prayers, they will crave the same.
Read Verses About How Much Jesus Loves children
Mathew 19:14 ESV “But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.”
Matthew 18:1-5 “About that time the disciples came to Jesus to ask which of them would be greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven. Jesus called a small child over to him and set the little fellow down among them, and said, “Unless you turn to God from your sins and become as little children, you will never get into the Kingdom of Heaven. Therefore anyone who humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven. And any of you who welcomes a little child like this because you are mine is welcoming me and caring for me. “
Matthew 18:10 “Beware that you don’t look down upon a single one of these little children. For I tell you that in heaven their angels have constant access to my Father. ”
How do you help your little ones understand they have a Heavenly Father? In what ways have you seen God work in this area?