21 May 2012

guest post and ebook giveaway

Today I am thrilled to have Patti Gibble, author of 10 Powerful Tips for Training Unstoppable Children here. She has graciously agreed to post for me today and also sponsor a giveaway of her book. So enjoy the post and then enter on the rafflecopter below.

As an introduction, here's a bit about the author:
Patti Gibble has a Master of Education degree and Bachelor of Arts in Education. She is a trained ministry worker who has directed Children's worship and Kids' church programs at a mega church. Patti grew up in Orlando, Florida where she worked at Disney World. She now writes books and spends time with the Holy Spirit in Tucson, Arizona.
 
Teaching your kids to pray

Over the years, I taught many kids to pray. These children seemed to enjoy prayer and connecting with God. However, before I began to teach kids to pray, I had to learn to pray myself. When I learned to pray myself and got better at it, then I began teaching kids to pray.

When I first started the process of teaching kids to pray, I taught them how to talk to God.  I started by telling them about who God is and how to talk to him. God is a king and he is the greatest king of all. He is the king in the universe. In order to talk to a king we need to follow protocol or talk in a certain way. I said we never talk to a king by saying, “hey dude,” or anything careless. We all know we need to address a king or president like they are important. Remember God is not just any king but the greatest king. thee most important thing to remember is to treat God with honor like you would a king or the president. When the kids understood who God is, they began to know how to pray.

I also taught kids how to listen for the voice of God. In the bible we learn that “God is love” (John 6:69 b). So anything He speaks will be in love not hate or fear.  So when they listen for God’s voice they listen for the voice of love.  The enemy speaks in hate and fear.  Anything that causes kids to great fear is from the enemy! Kids must be clear that God is love and that he speaks to his children in love with their best interest in mind.

The following is a formula for leading kids in prayer: 

Confess – the bible says, “…confess your sins…”(James 5:16). I taught kids that God is perfect and he can’t be around sin so if we have sin (disobeying God’s laws) this sin gets in the way of us connecting with God.  God just wants us to confess sin and ask Him to forgive us.  He will forgive our sins if we just accept that Jesus already paid the price for our sins when He died on the cross.

Thanksgiving – the bible says, “Enter his gates with thanksgiving…” (Psalms 100:4). The way kids come closer to God is to thank Him for what He has done for them.  For very little kids or kids who don’t know anything about God we can start by going outside and pointing to nature and showing them all the things God has created. Then kids can thank him for anything in nature. Trees, hills, grass, mountains, are examples of what they can thank God for making for them.

Praise – the bible says, “Enter…his courts with praise;” (Psalms 100:4). In order get even closer to God they need to praise him.  Teach kids that if they know what He has done for them then they know who He is to them. Praise is telling God who He is to them.  If kids thanked God for lakes then they can tell Him that He is a good maker or creator. If they thanked him for the beautiful flowers then they can tell Him that He is a great artist or gardener.   

Listen – the next step to prayer is to listen to God. Prayer should be a two-way conversation with God. Prayer is not talking to God without ever listening to Him.  This may seem like the hardest part but it is not.  I sometimes ask kids to ask God if He knows their name and then  listen for His answer.  If they have asked Jesus in their hearts, they will be able to hear God speak to them. The bible says “My sheep Listen to my voice…”(John 10:27). Then I ask children to ask God if He loves them. Many times they smile because they know He does. Some kids can’t hear right away and it takes some time to work through all the steps with them. Many kids think they have to be perfect to pray but they don’t have to be perfect to pray. Take time and teach prayer!

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7 comments:

  1. Very interesting post. Thanks! I never really thought about teaching kids to pray but it is a very important thing.

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    1. I used to love listening to my kids pray - you never knew what was going to come out of their mouths.

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    2. SO true! I love listening to my kids pray. They are 3,5, and 7, I am amazed at some of the things they pray about.

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  2. Prayer is such an invaluable tool, no matter what the age!

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  3. Kids need time and effort, it is lovely to hear them pray - it needs to start at an early age and become a part of the bedtime routine - its a special family time for us all.

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  4. @bbdiva1977

    Teach them morals and good manners

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