Leading Your Kids into Prayer

Redeemer Kids Characters

A Note to Parents on Our Prayer Adventure Booklet

There has been a slow and steady undercurrent within our church, building and rising to the surface of our lives.

It ebbs and flows through our ministries, carrying our hearts, our minds, and our strength with it. We are refreshed and renewed by it. Our thirst is satisfied. This is the power of prayer; and not necessarily that He is moving and shaking the world according to what we ask, but that God is moving and shaking us according to what He wills.

There is so much we want kids to understand about prayer and the Christian life. I cannot think of one better thing than to impress the saving knowledge of God on the hearts of our future leaders, pastors, construction workers and teachers.

But do we really think we could handle this great task?

One of the major roadblocks in our work here is the completely irrational thought that we are doing any of this by our own strength and abilities. This includes training children in the way they should go. We are powerless to change others, including children. We are powerless to change ourselves. But we are equipped with prayer and with the saving work of Jesus Christ who stands before God for our sake. This is better news than we could imagine because it takes away the pressure for us to perform the impossible and relies on God to do what is only possible by His power and plan.

So as we made the Prayer Adventure booklet for kids, we asked God to do what only He can – call the next generation to Himself and awaken their hearts to love Him more than anything. Those on your Redeemer Kids’ Ministry Team would love to be a part of God’s will for His church by supporting parents along the way. That is why we are committed to making this information available on Sunday mornings as well as throughout the week.

Prayer Book Covers

Please use the prayer booklet at home or in the car or even as you wait in the doctor’s office! The more kids hear and see how prayer works in the lives of believers around them the more likely they will be to understand it for themselves.

With that in mind, here are a few biblical concepts we want to shape a culture that leans on prayer in our hallway for the new school year. As you follow up with kids during the week, know that this is the environment we desire for them to learn in.

  1. Awe | “Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom.” (Ps. 145:3)

We celebrate God and make much of His attributes through worship, focusing on who God is and who we are because of Him.

It is crucial that members of the Redeemer Kids Team are being invested in so that this awe can be demonstrated to the kids we are serving. This means volunteers should be saturated with the Word through personal study, hearing the Word preached and fellowshipping with other believers.

2. Curiosity | “For the Lord gives gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.” (Prov. 2:6)

Our hallway is quick to ask questions and slow to answer them. We should not be afraid of the questions we cannot answer. We can be honest and respect the process by saying something like, “That’s a great question; I’ll have a better response if I can study this first. Let me get back to you on that.” The main point is that we should always give the child a glimpse of the study tools used to formulate a response.

Instead of giving kids easy answers, we are encouraging them to ask questions and teaching them how to find answers to those questions for themselves.

3. Story | “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. . .” John 1:14

To remind kids and adults that we are part of God’s greater plan, the theme of our hallway will be  story – specifically the timeline created by God. There are four major parts: Creation, the Fall, the Cross, and the hope of Restoration.

Kids are exposed to the details of this story through our curriculum, The Gospel Story Bible, and The Biggest Story ABC for Nursery.

As we begin to talk more about the Prayer Adventure in Kids’ Ministry, we hope you will join us in creating an atmosphere of awe for who God really is, an environment that cultivates curiosity, and a big-picture perspective that believes I am part of God’s story which bears eternal significance. His perfect will extends from generation to generation, and in His grace we get to be apart of it.

 

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Both Prayer Books were a collaborative effort with 100% original content that came through much brainstorming, prayer, and listening to the Holy Spirit’s leading.

 The Kids Prayer Adventure was written by Lauren Heffner and illustrated by Allisah Solorio. 

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