Train up a child in the way he should go;Proverbs 22:6 ESV
even when he is old he will not depart from it.
When it comes to kids, what they grow to become and how they behave depends on what teachings they are given from a young age.
That is why it is important to train up your child in the right way and when he’s older, he will still do what is right because it becomes a habit, it becomes a part of them.
One of the most important things to teach a child at a very young age is the word of God. This starts them off right in life and helps them know that there is always someone looking out for them.
You can do this by having a family devotion. This can be done every day or once every week, depending on what works best for your family’s schedule.
Another very important thing to teach your child is how to pray. You can do this by teaching them 3 simple prayers; a morning prayer, a bedtime prayer and a prayer to say before meals.
Why teach children how to pray
1. To start them off right
What a child starts doing at an early age becomes a part of them. The reason most Christian adults don’t pray often is because they took too long to start.
When you make prayer a daily activity, it becomes part of your daily routine and you find yourself doing it every day.
So teaching a child to say a morning prayer daily will help them cultivate the habit of praying into adulthood.
2. Helps them to practice gratitude
Saying a word of prayer daily encourages kids to practice gratitude. Practicing gratitude is one of the best lessons you can teach your children.
Practicing gratitude gives them a moment of reflection on all the good things happening in their life that they need to be thankful for. This will help them to be happier, feel more positive and even make them healthier.
3. To strengthen their faith
Saying a prayer daily is a way to communicate with God and connect with Him. So if your child practices this, it will help strengthen their faith in God and build their trust in Him.
4. It helps reduce stress
Stress is not only experienced by adults. Children feel stressed too. With school, assignments, studies, and house chores, your child is bound to feel stressed at a point.
But praying helps children feel a sense of calmness that will help relieve stress and make them feel better.
5. Helps them to be compassionate and forgiving
Children who pray often show more compassion towards others and easily forgive others when they offend them.
When you pray, you pray to God for a purpose. Whether it is to say thank you, ask for forgiveness or to ask for guidance and protection.
So when you start to pray, you let go of any grudge or anger that may hold you back, that way you can rest assured that your prayers are been heard.
So praying children learn to easily forgive and let go of anger and grudges. This helps them show kindness and compassion towards others.
Now that you know the importance of teaching your children how to pray, here are some simple morning prayers you can teach your children.
4 morning prayers for children
Thank You Father Almighty for this beautiful day.
Grant me Your protection, peace, and grace throughout the day.
In Jesus mighty name.
Prayer by Martina
I thank You for the life given me and
for bringing me to the beginning of a new day.
Guide my ways, renew my heart with Your strength and purpose.
Prayer by Nana Akua
Thank You for this morning,
Thank You for Your guidance and care
Continue to bless and look after me in Jesus’ name.
Prayer by Kwaku
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank You for this bright morning.
Thank You for the gift of life
and thank You for Your goodness and mercies.
As I start my day, I pray that You take control of my steps
and make them fruitful.
Thank You for an answered prayer.
Prayer by Bernice
We thank You for the gift of life.
We commit our day to Your Mighty Hands
Protect us and our families
Make our day successful
In the Mighty name of Jesus Christ, we pray
Prayer by Edem
Thank You for the gift of life and
Thank You for my family.
Order my steps as we begin the day and
Direct my every path and decision.
In Jesus’ name I pray,
Prayer by Ebenezer