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9 Quick Tips for Teaching Kids to Pray

Prayer habits that last a lifetime are most often formed in childhood. That’s why it’s so critical to teach young children how to pray. As with most spiritual disciplines, prayer is caught more than it’s taught. As teachers model meaningful prayer lives, kids will learn how they, too, can talk to their Creator.

9 Quick Tips for Teaching Kids to Pray

Here are the basics of teaching children how to pray.

1. Help children talk to God.

Everyone—especially children—would find sitting down to prayer easier if we could find a way to forget our notions of “correct prayer methods” and just start talking. To do this, avoid focusing on form in prayer. Rather, model for your children an easy, comfortable way to simply talk to God as you’d talk to a friend. Urge children to talk to God just as they’d talk to anyone else. They can tell God about their day, express their fears, and even be a little mad if they want to.

2. There’s nothing too big—or too small—for God.

It’s true; God can help us face the hardest moments in our lives. God is also there to share in our smaller moments, too. He wants to know how our day went. He enjoys hearing that the rainbow we saw early in the morning made us smile, and that the bully on the playground scares us.

3. Anything is okay to talk to God about.

Don’t discourage a child from including a song from The Little Mermaid in her prayer. Let her thank God for her favorite movie and share what’s in her heart.

4. Making prayers relevant to children’s lives enables them to grow in prayer.

Because kids have a strong tendency to view the world in terms of me, my, and mine, capitalize on this very normal stage of development by focusing prayer on kids’ everyday concerns. For example, many adults make the mistake of asking young children to pray for church missionaries. Chances are kids don’t understand what they’re actually asking God for. As a result, God becomes more remote. A better idea would be to focus kids’ prayer requests on asking God to heal Damon’s chickenpox, giving thanks for Jasmine’s new puppy, or asking for help for Alex, who may find it difficult to sit through class quietly.

5. God listens to ALL prayers.

God is always there, willing and eager to listen to what we have to say. But kids aren’t always so sure; sometimes they need proof. So give it to them. The best way to help children realize that God truly listens is to point out answered prayers. Did you ask for the quick recovery of Andi’s cold? When she’s feeling better, thank God for answering your prayers.

6. Make answered prayer visual

by creating a prayer wall where kids write their prayer requests on one side of a divider. When the prayer is answered, move the prayer request to the other side. Thank God for each answered prayer.

7. Help children understand that God may answer prayers in several ways.

God may answer exactly as children requested. But God may also answer in a different way, wait to answer, or say no. Help children see these answers to prayer also.

8. The right place is any place.

The Bible describes a variety of ways to pray: kneeling, standing, lifting hands, and even lying on a bed. Encourage children to pray whenever-and wherever-they want to. Even if it means a quick “Please make Janie all right” on the playground when a friend is hit with a ball.

9. Prayer is never inappropriate.

Especially when it comes straight from the heart. In the end, that’s all you really need to teach children to help them communicate with our God who’s always listening.

Maurcia DeLean Houck is a free-lance writer in Pennsylvania. 

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9 thoughts on “9 Quick Tips for Teaching Kids to Pray

  1. We started children intercessory prayer ministry in Pakistan we want to visit Pakistan and conduct prayer motivational seminars and want to print material on Intercession if you can help us please help us

    • Scott Firestone

      Thanks for commenting–and bravo on the prayer ministry in Pakistan! If you go to and type “prayer” into the Search bar on the upper right, you’ll find hundreds of articles on how to teach kids to pray.

  2. DailyGospelVibe

    Teaching your children how to pray is one of the most important aspect of parenting.

    As a Christian parent you are not fulfilled until you train your children spiritually.

    I have a similar article:

  3. Christian parents shouldn’t fail to teach their kids the way to pray. Proverbs 22:6 says that if you train a child in the way of the Lord, such child will not go away from that teaching.


      Absolutely! This article would be great to share with parents to help encourage them to take the lead in their child’s spiritual life!

  4. I need to teach my grandchildren about God

    • Sierra Gomez

      Hi Charlotte! First of all God bless! It is heartwarming to hear you are wanting to teach your grandchildren about God. You have come to the right place because we have a variety of free Bible lessons you can use, you can even filter by age level too on the left-hand side when looking through our site.

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