“But when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut the door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.” Matthew 6:6 NKJV
A prayer is when we talk with God or Jesus. Because Jesus came to earth as a baby, grew and lived as a man, died on the cross and arose from the dead, we have the honor of talking with God. Wow, how great is that!
In Jesus’ time some of the leaders of the church loved to stand outside and say loud, long, pretty-sounding prayers just so other people could hear them. They wanted everyone to think they were important. But in the verse above, Jesus tells us to go somewhere quiet and talk with God. Our prayer should be like a friendly conversation with God. We can share our thoughts and dreams and hopes and feelings with God.
Sometimes we’re not sure what to say to God. He is the creator of everything! He is God! But that is the marvelous part; God wants us to share our lives with Him. He already knows us and knows what we need and what we want and who we love. But He wants us to talk with Him!
When we are first learning to pray, it sometimes helps to have prayer that we can start with and then we can add everything else we want to tell God. You can use the one below as a start and add more! Or even better just talk to God about you!
My Prayer With God
God in heaven hear my prayer.
I thank You for Your love and care.
Please watch over my Mom and Dad,
And family and friends who make me glad.
Please keep me safe and fed and strong.
Forgive me whenever I do something wrong.
I feel very blessed to talk with You this way,
And know that You listen to me when I pray.
A beautiful sunrise always reminds that God is near!
This week talk with God. You can say your own prayer or one you already know. You can thank God for something or someone, you can ask Him to take care of someone you love, you can tell Him how you feel about something, or you can just tell Him about your day. God loves us and wants to hear our prayers!
Afterwards ask your parents to share your special prayer so that others can learn to pray, too! Then look on the Kids Gallery page for your shared prayer.