Hillary and I are leading our daughters through a series of Faith@Home activities focused on the different phrases in the Lord’s Prayer. We say the prayer at dinner in an effort to train them to pray. This week we focused on the phrase “our Father” for our Faith@Home activity. We thought we would pass on what we did so you can try it with your children.
Warm Up – Who’s the Daddy Game
- We started by playing a guessing game with the girls
- We said the name of a person or cartoon character and they had to say who that person’s dad was. Norah, our four year old, didn’t quite get it but Anna, our almost six year old, guessed all of them but one. I stumped her by asking who Cinderella’s dad was.
- Now that we have talked about some dads and their children, we are going to talk about the Lord’s Prayer and the first part of it.
- What is the first part of the Lord’s Prayer? (Our Father)
- Who is our Father? (real dad and God) – at this point Anna came to the conclusion that God is our “second dad”
- How is God our Father? (He created us)
- Read Galatians 3:26 – “So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith”
- What are some things your dad does with you?
- How is God like your dad? (he wants to spend time with us – he loves us – this is assuming a healthy home environment)
- What are some ways you can spend time with God? (talk to him – read stories from the Bible – Anna said she wants to listen to her worship music in her room)
- Have your children draw what they think God looks like
- As you draw remember that God is your Father
- How does that change what you are drawing?
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?