Teaching children how to pray using scripture

May 2, 2022

God’s word reflects who He is and His desires for us to see and know Him more deeply. By using the language of Scripture, we can talk to God through prayer and reflect our hearts for Him.

Teaching our children and youth to pray using Scripture can be a beautiful way to provide vocabulary for fresh approaches to prayer. What examples for praying Scripture would you add?

  • Colossians 3:17, “And whatever you do, in word or in deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”
    Pray: “God, whatever I do or say today, may I do it in the beautiful name of Jesus, remembering to give thanks to You for the gift of salvation through Jesus.”
  • Philippians 4:6-7, “Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”
    Pray: “God, I ask for Your peace, which I know is greater than anything I can understand. Keep me from worry and guard my heart and my mind in Christ Jesus.”
  • Colossians 1:9, “For this reason, also, since the day we heard this, we haven’t stopped praying for you. We are asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding.”
    Pray: “God, I pray that You fill me with the knowledge of Your will and with wisdom and understanding of who You are and Your plan for my life.”
  • Hebrews 4:16, “Therefore, let us approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in time of need.”
    Pray: “God, You promise I can approach Your throne of grace with boldness and so, with boldness, I ask for mercy and help during my time of need. Thank You for hearing and granting Your mercy and help.”

Another way to bless your children is to pray Scripture for them.

  • Numbers 6:24-26, “May the Lord bless you and protect you; may the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; may the Lord look with favor on you and give you peace.”
    Pray: “God, please bless and protect my children. Shine Your love and grace on their lives and look on them with Your favor and peace.”
  • Psalm 86:11, “Teach me your way, Lord, and I will live by your truth. Give me an undivided mind to fear your name.”
    Pray: “God, teach my children Your way so they may live by Your truth. Help them clearly know and obey You. Help me to be a godly teacher and example to them by living in Your truth and through obedience to Your Word.”
  • Luke 11:9-10, “So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you. Seek, and you will find. Knock, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.”
    Pray: “God, I pray my children will always remember they can seek, knock and ask for Your guidance and provision and know that You will answer and provide according to Your will for their lives.”

Praying Scripture is a great way to reinforce the spiritual disciplines of reading, memorization and prayer. Consider journaling your prayers and the evidence you see as God answers. May His words be a lamp to guide your feet and a light for clearly illuminating your path!

by Cheryl Markland
  /  Children & Family Ministries Strategist  /  Baptist State Convention of North Carolina

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