9 Prayer Verses for Children to Pray

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Praying Scripture is powerful. One great way to teach children to pray more powerfully is to teach them verses they can pray. I suggest you give them a list to keep in their prayer journals. Make sure they know how to pray each verse as you teach them the verses. Here are a few verses to start.

Ephesians 5:20  (ICB) Always give thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Psalms 51:6 (ICB) Create in me a pure heart, God. Make my spirit right again.

Ephesians 1:17-20 (ICB)  I always pray to the God of our Lord Jesus Christ—to the glorious Father. I pray that he will give you a spirit that will make you wise in the knowledge of God—the knowledge that he has shown you. I pray that you will have greater understanding in your heart. Then you will know the hope that God has chosen to give us. I pray that you will know that the blessings God has promised his holy people are rich and glorious.  And you will know that God’s power is very great for us who believe. That power is the same as the great strength God used to raise Christ from death and put him at his right side in heaven.

John 15:5 (ICB) I am the vine, and you are the branches. If a person remains in me and I remain in him, then he produces much fruit. But without me he can do nothing. 

Jeremiah 29:11 (ICB) I say this because I know what I have planned for you,” says the Lord. “I have good plans for you. I don’t plan to hurt you. I plan to give you hope and a good future.

Philippians 4:13 (NKJV) I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

1 John 5:14-15 (ICB) We can come to God with no doubts. This means that when we ask God for things (and those things agree with what God wants for us), then God cares about what we say. God listens to us every time we ask him. So we know that he gives us the things that we ask from him.

1 John 14:14 (ICB) If you ask me for anything in my name, I will do it.

Proverbs 18:10 (ICB) The Lord is like a strong tower. Those who do what is right can run to him for safety.

6 Ways to Instill the Desire to Pray in Children

Child PrayingWe would all like the students in our ministries to have powerful prayer lives, but that won’t happen unless they have the desire to pray. Without that desire, children won’t have a great prayer life no matter how many times you teach on prayer.

Here’s some practical tips to help you equip children with a desire to pray:

Pray. If you don’t have an effective prayer life, you won’t be able to instill that desire in your students. If your prayer life is powerful, it will show when you pray in front of your students. That kind of prayer is contagious.

Have people testify about prayer. It’s not enough to tell children they should pray or that prayer is good for them. Have people in your congregation speak to your students about their prayer lives and what prayer has done for them. When children learn what prayer has done in adults’ lives they admire, they will have a desire to pray.

Keep a white board with children’s prayer requests. Every week, bring out the white board. As children make requests, write them on the board. When a request is answered, circle it. This way children understand that God answers their prayers.

Don’t discourage children from praying about “small things”. To them, these things are important. God wants us to come to Him with all our cares, even the small ones. When we imply to children that they can only come to God with requests you consider big enough, they won’t develop a relationship with God where they bring everything before Him. So go ahead and pray for the splinter in the finger or the dog that has fleas. It’s important to your students and to God.

Teach children the benefits of prayer. Here are a few scriptures that show some of the benefits of prayer:

Jesus wants them to come to Him.
Mark 10:13-14 People were bringing little children to Jesus. They wanted him to touch them. But the disciples told the people to stop. When Jesus saw this, he was angry. He said to his disciples, “Let the little children come to me. Don’t keep them away. God’s kingdom belongs to people like them.

The Holy Spirit will help them pray.
Romans 8:26 In the same way, the Holy Spirit helps us when we are weak. We don’t know what we should pray for. But the Spirit himself prays for us. He prays with groans too deep for words.


1 John 5:14-15 There is one thing we can be sure of when we come to God in prayer. If we ask anything in keeping with what he wants, he hears us. If we know that God hears what we ask for, we know that we have it.

God will give them peace when they’re worried.
Philippians 4:6-7 Don’t worry about anything. Instead, tell God about everything. Ask and pray. Give thanks to him. Then God’s peace will watch over your hearts and your minds because you belong to Christ Jesus. God’s peace can never be completely understood.

God wants them to pray all the time.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 Always be joyful. Never stop praying. 18 Give thanks no matter what happens. God wants you to thank him because you believe in Christ Jesus.

God wants them to pray for the sick.
James 5:13-15 Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praises. Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayer offered in faith will restore the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up, and if he has committed sins, they will be forgiven him.

God will help them when they’re scared or in trouble.
Psalm 50:15 And call upon Me in the day of trouble; I shall rescue you, and you will honor Me.

Give your students prayer journals. You don’t have to spend very much to buy a colorful notebook to give to each of your students. Have a special Sunday where you teach them how to use their journals. You could also let them decorate the front of the journals.

Teach children to pray Scripture. Give them a list of Scriptures to place in their prayer journals to help them pray. The benefits of prayer above is a good place to start.

Once your students have the desire to pray, then they’re ready for you to teach them to become prayer warriors.

* All verse are in the New International Readers Version of the Bible

7 Steps to Spending Time With God

Priority Rubber Stamp Shows Urgent Rush DeliveryIf I had to chose the thing that would benefit a children’s minister most in ministry, it would be spending time with God. I’ve learned I can’t do anything that will have any lasting affect unless I put time with God as my number one priority. Here are seven steps you as a children’s pastor should do to be equipped to minister.

1. Pray regularly for students. Every week, schedule time to pray for your students. You might want to print out a list of students with prayer needs they have. Divide them up and pray for different students every day.

Pray Computer Keys Showing Worship And Religion2. Pray for church leaders. Your children’s ministry is a part of the church. Pray for the pastor and church leaders to have a vision from God and be in unity. This will help your children’s ministry in ways you can’t imagine.

3. Pray for the anointing as you come before your class each week. A great definition of anointing is the strength and ability to do what God directs you to do. I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength when I operate under His anointing.

4. Pray for a Word from the Lord every week. Bible stories and games are fine, but they mean nothing if the children’s lives are not changed. Every time you minister, you should have a word from God for those kids. Even if you use curriculum, God will use that curriculum and give you a way to communicate that lesson. Or He might have you teach something completely different. Pray that God lead you.

raising hands5. Rest in God’s presence until you have a vision and a clear direction for your class. If that direction is from God, it will correspond with the vision of the pastor and leaders.

6. Fast. Have a regular time each week to fast for your students. You might decide to only fast one meal, or a certain kind of food, or you might fast one day every week. Fasting will intensify your prayers and mobilize your ministry in a way that prayer alone won’t do.

7. Remember the Lid Principle. John Maxwell teaches us a principle called the lid principle. Basically any substance in a jar can’t rise any farther than the lid. The lid holds in down. In the same way, the level that your students grow spiritually will not exceed where you are spiritually. If you want your students to grow close to God, you need to grow close to God first.

Resources to Teach Children to Pray and Intercede

childenschurch2Here’s some resources to help you teach children to pray:

Kids Prayer: This website has a ton of valuable information and ideas to help children learn to pray and intercede.

Pray Kids Magazine : Pray Kids Magazine comes with issues for kids to read and do the activities as well as a leader’s guide to help you facilitate.

Lord’s Prayer Hand Model

Every Home for Christ Children World Prayer Maps: These free maps will help your students pray and intercede for the nations of the world.

Teaching Children How to Pray

Teaching Children to Pray by Example

Teaching Children to Pray Using a Model

Teaching Children to Pray at the Altars

Child PrayingChildren should be encouraged to pray for others at the altar. Here’s some ways to do that.

Intergenerational Services: If your children are in intergenerational services at times, talk to your pastor about allowing them to pray for adults at the altar call. Assure your pastor that you are training the children to work the altars.

Hand Placement: Teach children proper placement of their hands when praying for someone at the altar. Remember that children are shorter, and unless trained, their hands might land on inappropriate places.

What to Pray for:

If your students are assisting someone else who is praying, have them listen to what is being prayed and agree with that prayer.

If the child is leading the prayer, have him ask the person what he should pray for. If that’s not practical, have the child pray that God will bless the person he’s praying for and meet his needs.

Also encourage children to listen to the Holy Spirit when praying. God may tell them what to pray for.

Have children as your altar workers in children’s church. This is the best way to teach children how to pray and the altar and to give them confidence for other prayer situations.