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7 Ways to Show Kids the Power of Prayer

Believe _500x 273I still remember the looks on my kids' faces when I explained to them that you don't always have to pray with your head bowed and eyes closed. We had always gone the traditional route of bowing our heads and closing our eyes when we prayed, but I wanted to explain to my kids that they can pray anytime and anywhere. I think that's the first time the kids in my ministry starting looking at prayer as a conversation with God, rather than something you do at the end of church.

We want our kids to talk with God, and by incorporating different styles of learning, we can help kids grow their prayer life. Kids each have their own favorite ways to learn and play; we call them smarts. Prayer can be more meaningful when kids can express themselves to God in a way they enjoy best.

Because most of the time prayer falls under "Word Smart," I thought it would be interesting to see how prayer can work under the other smarts. Hopefully this list can give you some ideas and help you come up with creative ways to help your kids pray. Here are seven ways to show kids the power of prayer.

***Smart Examples of What Kids Do

SMART: Picture Smart

Examples of what kids do: Sculpt, draw, make crafts

What a prayer in this style might look like: Here's a neat craft that helps kids remember the Lord's Prayer. 


SMART: Music Smart

Examples of what kids do: Sing, create songs, learn rhymes

What a prayer in this style might look like: Allow kids to pray while listening to praise music, or have kids come up with a poem of praise for God. 


SMART: Logic Smart

Examples of what kids do: Solve problems, think abstractly

What a prayer in this style might look like: This prayer idea gets kids thinking with sweet treats. 


SMART: Body Smart

Examples of what kids do: Play physical games, act

What a prayer in this style might look like: Do an interactive prayer that includes hand motions. 


SMART:
Nature Smart

Examples of what kids do: Study environments, compare things with nature

What a prayer in this style might look like: Do a prayer walk


SMART: Self Smart

Examples of what kids do: Reflect, share feelings

What a prayer in this style might look like: Encourage kids to have personal quiet/prayer time. 


SMART: People Smart

Examples of what kids do: Work in groups, discuss, get acquainted

What a prayer in this style might look like: Go to the nursery and pray for the babies inside. 

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How do you incorporate prayer in your ministry? How do you encourage kids to keep praying at home? Share with us using the comment section below!

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