The P’s of Parenting: Prayer

PRAYER

I consistently pray for my children but I do not always make time to pray with them.  Mornings and evenings can be busy and bedtime routines can be rushed depending on the day and how well everyone is cooperating.  But even a little time in prayer with our children is more beneficial than none.  Prayer helps to quiet our minds and still our bodies which is a good exercise for children to learn especially in the noisy and fast paced world that we live in today.  Prayer provides an opportunity to teach our children how to thank God and praise Him for His great love and provision in our every day lives.  Prayer provides an opportunity to teach our children how to ask, seek and knock and it also provides an opportunity for God to respond (Matthew 7:7-8).  Prayer provides an opportunity for our children to taste and see that the Lord is good (Psalm 34:8).  Prayer provides an opportunity for your children to experience God’s presence.  As Jesus said, “Where two or three have gathered in My name, I am there in their midst (Matthew 18:20).”  Your children are not excluded from that promise!  God is faithful to all His children, young and old.  And Jesus loves little children!  He blessed and laid hands on them (Matthew 19:13-15).  How much more will He bless children and families who pray!

Bottomline:  Make time to pray with your children. You can never pray too much!

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