Abide in Me - Teaching Kids About Prayer
My friend recently got a dog. I have not had the pleasure of meeting Marley yet, but have seen his adorable pictures on Facebook. Thanks to status updates, I’ve also been privy to the adventures this family is having as they enjoy the newest member of their household.
“Welcome to the family! We rescued Marley yesterday, and the kids could not be happier!”
“Seriously…Was last night like the coldest night of the year? Seems cruel for my first night of dog walking!”
“Crate training day 1: Me 0Marley 1.”
“Trying to get used to the fact that I am now being followed 24/7.”
It’s this last one that makes me laugh. It seems my friend has found a lifetime buddy and will not lack for companionship while her kids are in school.
Just like sweet little Marley hates to be separated from his new mom, God hates to be separated from us. He desires for us to abide in Him. When we abide in Him, he abides with us.
If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. John 15:7
So how do we do that?
The definition of abide is to remain; continue; staying. This meaning indicates a continuous action. We also do that when we read, meditate, and memorize the word of God. Pray the word and practice it.
In that consistency, we can have confidence in knowing what the Bible says and be aware of His promises that are available to us through prayer.
Dear Lord, Thank You for allowing me to know You more and more through prayer and Your Word. I appreciate Your promises that speak of Your grace and abundance for me. As I spend time with you, I pray that Your truth would be planted deep down in my heart and draw me closer to You…
For You and Your Child
· The big idea behind abiding is consistency. Choose a devotional* for your child that is age-appropriate. Take 5 to 10 minutes a day to read it, write in your journal, and pray together. The best way to reach a goal, especially one like creating a habit of prayer, is to keep track of your progress. Here’s a sticker chart to make doing that fun.
· Choose an area where you need God’s help and find a scripture on that topic. Memorize it verse and pray it for your situation. I have made it easy for my kids to do that with scripture memory and prayer cards. Download a few to get you started.
*Here are a few devotional my kids enjoy:
- Jesus Calling: 365 Devotions for Kids by Sarah Young
- VeggieTales: 365 Bedtime Devos for Girls by Big Idea
- VeggieTales: 365 Bedtime Devos for Boys by Big Idea
- Adventure Bible Book of Devotions for Early Readers, NIrV: 365 Days of Adventure
- by Marnie Wooding
- 365 Days to Knowing God for Girls by Carolyn Larsen
- Gotta Have God: Ages 6-9 by Diane Cory
This post is Day 6 of the series 31 Days of Teaching my Kids About Prayer.
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