Kids and the Lord’s Prayer

Hillary and I have been trying to teach our daughters to pray and it doesn’t seem to be working. Anna’s prayers at dinner are speedy and it is impossible to hear what she is saying.  We know it is a valuable spiritual discipline for our children but for the longest time we didn’t know what else to do.

Sitting in church the other day, I had the idea of teaching our kids to say the Lord’s Prayer at dinner.  Jesus’ disciples asked Jesus how they should pray and the Lord’s Prayer is Jesus’ answer.  For this reason, I think it is important for our children to know the Lord’s Prayer and begin to understand what the phrases mean.

Last Friday night we gave each of our daughters these sheets of paper to color and put together with two staples on the left.  The pictures give them an image of what the phrase below it means.  At dinner we get out the booklets and read the Lord’s Prayer together.  So far it seems to work for our girls.  I thought I would pass it along to you all if you are trying to find ideas for how to teach your children to pray.

What seems to be working for you?  What creative ideas do you have for teaching your children to pray?

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About joelnewton

I am a husband to Hillary, a father to Anna and Norah

Posted on January 10, 2011, in Family Strategies and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. I don’t know much about teaching my children to pray,
    because I feel like I am still learning how to pray myself. I
    struggle with praying aloud, so I finally did so we can have family
    prayers is to print out the complies from the Northumbria Community
    here: http://www.northumbriacommunity.org/pray-the-daily-office .
    Everyone has their own “prayer book,” and most of the time the kids
    enjoy reading as we go around. I’m curious to see what others say,
    though, because I’m struggling yet again with knowing how to pray.
    And if I don’t know how to pray myself, how can I teach
    others?

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