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Developing Prayer Strategies with Children

Developing Prayer Strategies with Children

The kids were grabbing their backpacks, heading out the door for school when Papa, their grandfather, called for prayer. His truck had broken down in the middle of nowhere, hours from his destination. It just stopped. Various lights flashing, it refused to crank. Their mother Kristina slowed the kids down to share the urgent need. They prayed while pressing on to get to school on time.

Down the road from their home, a man in a suit stood near his car, the emergency lights flashing. On this occasion, Kristina felt safe rolling the window down to see if he needed anything. He said that a tow truck was on the way. She then asked the kids what they could learn from this. Their response,

“We can pray for everyone whose car or truck has broken down.”

Now that’s a strategy!

A few minutes later, Papa was back in the road. Without special maintenance, his truck simply started. He reached his destination safely, and his truck gave him no problems in the six-hour drive home.

Consider these prayer strategies –

  • –  When receiving a prayer request about someone with a serious illness, pray for everyone who is ill . . .
  • –  When driving to school, pray for all you pass on the highway, those on the streets or in the buildings you pass . . . For teachers, students, support staff . . .
  • –  When dressing for bed, pray for all children dressing for bed and for those who are waking up on the other side of the world. And the opposite when getting up.

A child is never to young to learn about the power of prayer. God instructed us,

“Therefore you shall lay up these words of mine

in your heart and in your soul, and bind them as a sign on your hand,

and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes.

You shall teach them to your children, speaking of them

when you sit in your house,

when you walk by the way,

when you lie down, and when you rise up.

And you shall write them on the doorposts

of your house and on your gates,

that your days and the days of your children may be multiplied . . .

Deuteronomy 11:18-21 NKJV

We would love to hear about your family’s prayer strategies!

By: Connie Norris

Connie’s passion is to mobilize women and children to pray. Please visit her website, “My Home, a House of Prayer for All Nations” or connect with her on Facebook at

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