1. Help him or her recognize who God is! He is real, and He hears us, even though we cannot see Him with our eyes.
    • “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. (Hebrews 11:1)
    • ‘Without faith, it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him. (Hebrews 11:6)
  2. Teach them to pray using the pattern that Jesus gave us in Matthew 6:9-15.
    • We pray to our Heavenly Father in the name of Jesus. (Matthew 6:9, John 14:6, Hebrews 4:14-5:10).
    • We praise and thank Him for who He is and what He has done. (Hallowed be Your name.) There are many varied and wonderful gifts for which to thank and praise God. In teaching our children to discover these gifts, we teach them more about God.
    • We pray for God’s will to be done in our family as well as others’ lives.
    • We ask God to provide what we need today.
    • We confess our sins, ask forgiveness from God, and one another (I John 1:9).
    • We pray that we might not give in to temptation, and that God will protect and deliver us from Satan.
  3. Write down prayer requests. This will help your child as well as you to see God’s answers and give thanks for them. Your son or daughter needs to know, as you do, that God answers prayer. He does not always answer our requests on our time schedule or as we would desire Him to answer. God’s perspective and His wisdom are infinitely greater and wiser than ours.
    • “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. (Isaiah 55:9)
  4. Let your child know how you are specifically praying for him or her and why. As he or she observes your personal knowledge and insight of who he or she really is, your love will be apparent to him or her.
  5. Study Matthew 7:7-12 with your child and discuss what you should ask from God, and why it is good that He does not always give us what we ask.
  6. Help your child understand the importance of praying for others and their needs.

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