Teach Your Kids to Pray

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Say: We’re going on a silent prayer walk. We
won’t talk to each other or to anyone we meet. I’ll give hand
signals to tell you when to go, stop, or turn. As we walk, we’ll
see individuals or groups of people. Silently pick out the people
you’d like to pray for, and pray as you walk by them. After we
return to our class, we’ll talk about our experiences. Once we step
out of this room, there’ll be no talking until we return and I tell
you it’s OK to talk. Let’s go!

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Lead kids around the neighborhood that surrounds your church.
Gauge the length of your walk according to your kids’ attention
span. When you return to your room, ask:

  • What kinds of feelings did you experience during our prayer
    walk?
  • What did you learn from praying this way?
  • How did our prayer walk change the way you look at people?

Close by praying: Lord, thank you for the
privilege of praying for people. Thank you for loving each
person-friend or stranger-we prayed for today. Help us keep seeing
people through your eyes. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Extra Idea! Do a similar prayer walk within the
walls of your church. Pause beside each room where people are
meeting, and pray for those people. Visit the pastor’s study, and
pray for him. Stand in the pulpit area, and pray for people who
lead your services. Pray around the musical instruments. You may
want to leave little notes in each location that say, “(Name of
your class) prayed for you today. God bless you!”

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