2 May, 2012

Play Time Prayers- A Fun Way to Grow Big Faith in Little Hearts

When is the best time to teach my child to pray?

Cues for modeling prayer can really pop up at any time. Here are a few everyday, ordinary opportunities for prayer:

  • When my child is feeling sick. “Lord, please heal my child.”
  • When an ambulance passes us on the highway. “Father, we pray for peace and healing for the person in the ambulance.”
  • When a little one has a bad dream. “God, please help my child to to have a peaceful night’s sleep. Help her to know that you are always with her.”
  • When my children are bickering. “Father, please give us peace in our home. We want to honor you with our words and actions. Please calm our hearts and help us to know how to love each other.”
  • When my kids are afraid during a thunderstorm. “God, we know that you invented thunder and lightning. Help us to remember that you are in control and we don’t have to be afraid.”

But I’ve also found that it is very fun (and easy) to teach my girls to talk to God during play time too!

The Bible tells us to talk to God all the time. Continually. I’m pretty sure it includes play time.

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

I Thessalonians 5:16-18

A simple activity like playing “hospital” can be a faith-building time. Playing doctor naturally leads in to talking about our Great Doctor (Physician), God.

So my daughter busts out the lab coat, band-aids, plastic thermometer, blood pressure cuff and stethoscope and I play along.

Me: “Doctor Violet, what seems to be the problem?”

Violet: “She has a broken tummy.”

Me: “Oh my! That sounds very serious.”

Me: “Doctor Violet, can God heal this girl?”

Violet: “Ya!” (Disclaimer- sometimes she does say “no”- especially when she wants to give her sister a pretend shot or medicine. Ha ha. She’s only 2…)

And sometimes she prays, “Dear Jesus, please heal my sister. Amen.”

Play time prayers are a simple and fun way to plant seeds that will grow big faith in little hearts.

“And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned, he will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.” James 5:15-16

1 Comment

  • Love the idea and the pics. Sweet simple powerful

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