Prayer time with our kids...

January is our Prayer month.  

Sermons, studies and other activities are all encouraged.  Our kids are part of our prayers as well.  Let's not forget them. 

Here are three Psalms to use at Bedtime as well as a brochure: "Prayer Time with the Kids"
Please let us know how these work out for you.'
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       Prayer Activities in the home

The greatest faith teachers our children encounter are the adults in their home. 

As parents, we are observed almost twenty four hours a day.  If we have a prayer life, our children will have a prayer life. So it's crucual that we do more than simple prayers at meals or bedtime. 

Do you have a special place for prayer in your home?  A chair, a table, a bible and perhaps a candle can be set aside for daily devotions.  As you read your devotions  (The Upper Room for example), you can share what you are reading with your children.

They will be curious about your time with God.  Explain prayer to them.

If you wish some quiet time and the kids are around, light the candle and tell them that when ever they see the candle lit, they are to do quiet activities until you are finished and the candle is put out.

The prayer time doesn't have to be long, but it does  have to be consistent.  Teach your children by example.  It will last a lifetime. 

One of the best things you can do for your children is to hold their hands in yours as you pray.
Teach them that it's OK to be still and silent before the Lord.  Share some of your favorite scriptures as a prayer.  

Recite the Lord's prayer over and over, one phrase at a time so that they learn it's rhythym and power. 

Letting them share in your prayer time, even for just a few moments before they start to squiggle and squirm, is priceless.


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Psalm 121

This entire Psalm is great for bedtime prayers. It is short, easily memorable, and contains many timely truths for children trying to get to sleep in a dark room all by themselves.1

The Psalm was originally sung by pilgrims traveling long distances to Jerusalem for an annual feast. The caravans of travelers would have to brave bad weather, rough terrain, hot days, cold nights, and the dangers of the dark. 

This Psalm celebrates a God who is with us throughout all our travels.

Psalm 121 teaches our kids they have nothing to fear, even in the night. Though we drift off to sleep, “he who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, he who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep” (v.3b-4).


Psalm 139:7-12

This whole Psalm is worth memorizing if you can find the time. It is one of King David’s most notable songs. 

Verses 7-12 in particular are great for bedtime. They remind our children that nothing can separate us from God’s presence—not even the darkest night. 

God is present in the highest heaven, the deepest abyss, and the most distant land imaginable. God is everywhere. 

The night itself cannot hide us from Him: “even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is bright as the day, for darkness is as light with you” (v.12).


Psalm 63:5-8

David wrote this song during one of the most troubled times of his later life. His son Absolom had taken over the kingdom, and David was on the run to escape the usurping army. David was not only weary from running, he was also weary in his soul: he hungered and thirsted for God.

David instructs our children what they can do at night when they find it hard to sleep. 

He says, “I remember you upon my bed, and meditate on you in the watches of the night” (v.6). 

David teaches us to meditate on all the times God has been our help (v.7), so as parents, before we pray this prayer with our restless children, we can remind them of the times God has shown himself faithful to us. 

Only as our children remember these things will their souls be satisfied (v.5)..

Other Psalms for Bedtime Prayers

“By day the Lord commands his steadfast love, and at night his song is with me, a prayer to the God of my life.” – Psalm 42:82

“But you, O Lord, are a shield about me, my glory, and the lifter of my head. I cried aloud to the Lord, and he answered me from his holy hill. Selah. I lay down and slept; I woke again, for the Lord sustained me.” – Psalm 3:3-5

“You have put more joy in my heart than they have when their grain and wine abound. In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.” – Psalm 4:7-8