Parents Instruct Your Children
Parents are responsible for their children’s learning. We may send them into the classroom or off to Sunday school, but it’s the parents job to impart their knowledge of God to their children.
Proverbs 22:6 offers guidance to parents with a promise: “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.”
Deuteronomy. 6:6-7 instructs parents this way: “These commands I give to you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.”
Children thrive on routine. Make God a part of every day. Pray upon rising, pray before eating and pray before sleeping. Your children will learn through your example.
Tristan is learning how to thank God for his daily bread.
Pray a Blessing
Praying a prayer of blessing on your child’s life each day. This will bring comfort, reassurance and reinforce the knowledge that you love your child. Pray for God’s favor, protection and peace. Thank the Lord for something specific about your child — a gift, talent or quality such as trustworthiness or kindness. You can use a Bible blessing such as Psalm 5:12 or Numbers 6:25 or speak from your heart. When you pray scriptural blessings, you are speaking words which are God’s desire for your child.
Prayer of Thanksgiving
An essential part of prayer is simply saying, “Thank You, God for…” You can ask your child to thank God for the best part of their day. A simple sentence prayer is all that is needed. “Thank you God for my family” or Thank you God for my puppy.”
Scripture prayed is agreeing with God. Children are like little sponges, soaking up everything around them. It’s amazing to me how even little ones can memorize scripture.
When our eldest granddaughter Angel was just 3, her parents helped her to memorize Psalm 23. Tiny as she was, she was able to recite the entire psalm. When Ally was about the same age, she sang a heartfelt rendition of Amazing Grace. When she got to the verse, “Saved a wrench like me” we couldn’t contain ourselves. She was so tiny and angelic that the verse didn’t seem to fit. She had no idea what we were laughing about.
Scriptures important for kids to memorize are the Ten Commandments and the love chapter, I Corinthians 13. Salvation verses are also a good place to begin. John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” Verses which reinforce how wonderful God and His Word are like, Psalm 119:105 “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.”
Memorizing scripture helps us in so many ways.
Helps to avoid sin
Comforts in times of trouble
Helps to meditate on it
Puts the sword of the Spirit at our disposal
Prayer of Petition
You can help your children pray aloud by giving them a sentence to complete, such as:
“Lord, help my friend …”
“Lord, help me be more …”
“Lord, give me the courage to …”
“Lord, one of the fears I need to overcome is …”
Spontaneity is important as it reveals the heart. There is time for memorized prayers with little ones. It teaches them how to construct their prayers. The following are examples of traditional childhood prayers.
For rest and food and loving care,
And all that makes the day so fair.
Help us to do the things we should,
To be kind and good,
In all we do, in work or play,
To grow more loving every day.
Rebecca Weston – 1890
Children’s Mealtime Blessing
God is great!
God is good!
Let us thank Him
For our food.
God is great and God is Good,
And we thank God for our food;
By God’s hand we must be fed,
Give us Lord, our daily bread.
Thank you for the world so sweet,
Thank you for the food we eat.
Thank you for the birds that sing,
Thank you God for everything.
Children’s Bedtime Prayer
Now I lay me down to sleep,
I pray the Lord my soul to keep:
May God guard me through the night
And wake me with the morning light.
Jesus, Tender Shepherd
Jesus, tender Shepherd, hear me:
Bless Thy little child to-night;
Through the darkness be Thou near me,
Keep me safe till morning light.
All this day Thy hand has led me,
And I thank Thee for Thy care;
Thou hast warmed me, clothed me, fed me;
Listen to my evening prayer.
May my sins be all forgiven;
Bless the friends I love so well;
Take me, Lord, at last to heaven.
Happy there with Thee to dwell.
Our Father, Who art in Heaven
Hallowed be thy name
Thy kingdom come
Thy will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven
Give us this day our daily bread
And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us
And lead us not into temptation
But deliver us from evil.