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This may seem like a no brainer, but if we are honest, most of us would have to admit that we don’t spend as much time in prayer as we would like. This would mean that we are also not praying for our kids as much as we should.

 

Set aside a time. We schedule many things in our lives. We make appointments for our hair or nails. We schedule phone calls. But, do we schedule time to talk to God? Do we set aside time to pray to the creator of the universe on behalf of our children. The Bible tells us that Jesus intercedes for us in heaven with God the Father (1). If Jesus does this for us shouldn’t we also do it for our children?

 

Ask them what they need. Tell your child that you will be praying for them today and ask if there is anything that you could be praying about for them. When you first start this you may be greeted with a blank stare. When they do speak it may start as rather generic requests. It may be simple things like the math test they have that day. But, as you continue this habit you may be surprised what you learn. This simply action may give you a glimpse into what your child is thinking, what they are feeling, what they are going through. This may give you a window into things that they may not share otherwise.

 

Share the answers. If YOU receive an answer to a prayer request that has come from your child, then share it with them. God answers prayers. It is important that we celebrate this with our children. Through this our children can learn to pray, trusting that God will answer.

 

Footnotes

  1. Hebrews 7:25

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My name is Matt Norman and I am the Children’s Pastor at The Rock in Winter Haven, FL. I am married to my high school sweet heart Kim and have two kids; Trey, 11 and Jayden, 4. I love being in ministry to children and their parents, as well as to other adults. I love sharing the gospel and other Biblical truths. I love worshiping and leading worship.  I love seeing kids grow spiritually. I love equipping God’s people for works of good service. Basically, I love ministry. In addition to ministry I have spent 17 years working in a local hospital, 16 of them in the emergency room. Trust me this experience comes in handy in children’s ministry. God is working in my life. I don’t yet know what he has planned, but I know that it is going to be cool. I’m watching and praying and doing what I can to make myself ready for whatever it is that God is working out in my life and my ministry. I love teaching kids and adults alike. If you are looking for a camp speaker, or a special speaker for your training event then use the email link at the top of the page to contact me. I would love to come along side you to have a greater impact on kids and their families for The Kingdom.