3 Prayers for Christmas

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Christmas -prayersThroughout this season, help your kids
discover the power of talking to God. Here are three Christmas
prayers to incorporate into your lessons with children this
season.

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1. Christmas Tree Prayer

Say: Let’s ask God to show us some
needs to pray for. They might be our needs or the needs of
others-needs for a relationship with Jesus and forgiveness, hope,
or help in following him. I’m going to pray first, and then you
repeat after me. Remember, God listens when we talk to
him!

Pray:
God, we come to you right now. Pause while
children repeat.

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We
are listening for you.
(Pause.)

Speak
to each of us in our hearts.
(Pause.)

Show
us needs that we can pray for.
(Pause.)

Thank
you, God.
(Pause.)

In
Jesus’ name, amen.

Have children form small groups and set out a
small Christmas tree. Give each group squares of Christmas wrapping
paper, scissors, and pencils or markers.

Say: To make a Christmas ornament, cut
the piece of wrapping paper in any shape you want. On the back of
your ornament, write the needs that came to your mind when we
prayed a few minutes ago. When you’re finished writing, come get an
ornament hook and hang your ornament on the tree. Our Christmas
tree is a way of offering our prayers to God.

Play some soft worship music as children work.
Allow children to make more than one ornament if time permits. When
everyone has hung an ornament, gather around the tree.

Say: God has seen the things you’ve
written on your ornaments. He hears our prayers and meets our
needs. That gives us hope! Let’s pray.

Pray: Lord, we put these needs on our
Christmas tree for you to see. Thank you for knowing and
understanding each of them. You understand even the things that
aren’t written down. Thank you, God, for loving us and meeting
every need we have. In Jesus’ name, amen.

 

2. Celebration Prayers

Help kids see
the real gifts of Christmas-Jesus and his love-with this prayer.
Have children sit in chairs or on the floor.

Say:
Jesus’ birth is something to celebrate. Let’s celebrate
right now with prayer. I’m going to pray “Thank you, God, for the
gift of…” then you finish the prayer by standing up quickly, saying
one word that completes the prayer, and sitting back down again.
It’s okay to pray more than once, and it’s okay if more than one of
you pops up at a time. We call that popcorn-style praying, because
you pop up randomly, just like popcorn! Let’s get our celebration
prayers popping!

Say the
prayer, and allow enough time for every child to respond.

Say:God, we
thank you for sending Jesus to us! Thank you for giving us
something as great and wonderful as your Son to celebrate! We love
you and praise you. In Jesus’ name, amen.

 

3.
Christmas Card Prayer

This prayer
idea from Douglas Raymond Rose from Grand Prairie, Texas, is one
kids can take home and share with others!

Help kids
make Christmas cards with this prayer inside:

Gentle Jesus
born this day
In a manger filled with hay.
We your Christmas children be-
Help us now your love to see.
Gentle Jesus, come today
Be our shepherd, Lord we pray.
Gentle Jesus, come this hour
Fill us with your love and power.
You fell asleep in Mary’s arm
God kept you safe from all alarm.
Gentle Jesus, come today
Be our Shepherd now we pray.

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I hope this
Christmas season brings many blessings for you and your
ministry.

How do you
help your kids pray? Let us know in the comment section below!

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About Author

David Jennings

David has served kids around the world for the majority of his life. From Texas to Romania, he has followed where God has led him. Most recently, he served for six years as a children's director in the great state of Alabama before moving to Colorado to work for Group as an associate editor.

1 Comment

  1. Thanks for the suggestions. Am now 62 but have worked with different in the past. I've worked in a school as a teacher and School Counselor for 28 years but have retired. Reading through your article had fanned the desire once again to work with children instead of with adults.

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