Just this week my daughters went with my husband to wrestling practice where he is a coach. I was relaxing at home alone where it was nice and quiet. While enjoying the quiet I got a phone call from my husband where he told me I needed to rush to the ER since our oldest daughter got hurt while playing. While my husband was running the practice, the girls were playing and my oldest injured her mouth. She knocked out one of her teeth and cut open the inside of her mouth really bad. At the time she was hurt, she was scared and in pain and crying. After we got home from the hospital we were able to sit down as a family and lay hands on her and prayed over her. The next day my daughters pain was almost gone and we saw the dentist and she said that Evelyn should be in pain but she wasn’t. Evelyn told her dentist it was because God was answering the prayers we have been praying over her as a family. We started at a very young age with our children to pray with us even if they can’t even talk yet. Its a great way to get them in the habit of praying. My girls are 6 & 7 and they love to pray for each other. It melts my heart to hear the girls praying out loud.
Make sure you are regularly praying with them or having them see you pray on a regular basis so you are setting an example for them. Prayer is simply being with God and having a conversation. Children need to know early in their lives that they can talk to God just like they talk to Mommy, Daddy, or a best friend. They need to understand that God is there and attentive to what they have to say. Try to include your child in prayer or make sure they see you praying a few times a week. It doesn’t have to be a long prayer.
When they get older and can remember phrases, these websites have some great prayers you can teach your children.