Teaching Kids to Pray about Big Things

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Friends with cancer. Family members needing healing or dying. Natural disasters. Personal life decisions. Injury. How does our faith handle such large prayers? What about our children? How can we teach them to pray about big things?

Prayer for big things

If we teach our kids to pray for big, hard situations and the outcome doesn’t match the desire, won’t the faith of our kids be shaken? Should we even bother to pray?

You already know the answer to this. It is our job to pray to the Lord and then accept the outcomes in faith. God has certain plans for us and we must rely on the truth that God is more wise than us. Does this mean we must be happy when bad things happen to us or prayer situations don’t end the way we want them to?

No. In fact God is big enough to accept our weeping, our questions, and our emotions. But we are to pray anyway. Our part of prayer communication is to ask. God’s part is to listen and act in everyone’s best interest.

Our children need to know that nothing is too big for God. He is still a God of miracles. The same power that rose Jesus from the dead is the Holy Spirit that dwells inside of each believer.

Teach your kids to pray…no matter what. And you never know. The faith of your child might strengthen your own faith.

Prepare to Pray!

If you have younger children, you will want to choose one or two verses for them to learn to pray. Think about something your child is struggling with today. Does he have a friend who is sick? Maybe she needs to remember that the Lord cares about her decision.

Do you have older children? Have them read through the following verses and choose one or two.

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Verses about Praying about Big Things:

Your faithfulness continues throughout all generations; You established the earth, and it stands. ~ Psalm 119:90

And they brought to Him a paralytic lying on a bed. Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the paralytic, “Take courage, son; your sins are forgiven.” ~ Matthew 9:2

Then He touched their eyes, saying, “It shall be done to you according to your faith.” ~ Matthew 9:29

Then Jesus said to her, “O woman, your faith is great; it shall be done for you as you wish.” And her daughter was healed at once. ~ Matthew 15:28

For nothing will be impossible with God.”. ~ Luke 1:37

 But He said, “The things that are impossible with people are possible with God.” ~ Luke 18:27

For we walk by faith, not by sight. ~ 2 Corinthians 5:7

Having been buried with Him in baptism, in which you were also raised up with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead. ~ Colossians 2:12

Let no one look down on your youthfulness, but rather in speech, conduct, love, faith and purity, show yourself an example of those who believe. ~ 1 Timothy 4:12

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. ~ Hebrews 11:1

By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things which are visible. ~ Hebrews 11:3

But he must ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind. ~ James 1:6

Therefore, those also who suffer according to the will of God shall entrust their souls to a faithful Creator in doing what is right. ~ 1 Peter 4:19

And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him. ~ Hebrews 11:6

Now Pray!

Grab a pen and write down the chosen verses, or have your child write them down.

Encourage your children to not just read or say the words, but to pray them from the heart.

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{All of these verses link to BibleGateway. If you would rather choose a different version of the scriptures, then click the link and choose the version you want.}

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