Prayer Sponsors For Children

School has started, and children are entering a spiritual war zone. They need prayer. That’s why having a prayer sponsor for each child in your ministry is essential. Here’s a few ideas on how to have prayer sponsors.

Advertise in the congregation. Let the members of the congregation know that they are committing not only to praying for a child every day, but to connecting with that child at least once a month. They should also send the child a birthday card and thinking of you postcards occasionally. Let the sponsors know they are committing to this for one year.

Launch the Program with a Special Day. You could have a special banquet where the prayer sponsors will sit with the children they’re praying for. Or you could have a special children’s anointing service and have each prayer sponsor pray for his or her child. Free plans for a children’s anointing service can be downloaded at this link.

Give Information. Prayer sponsors should be given information about the child they are praying for including age, grade, school, parent’s names, address, email, and phone number.

Have a list of suggestions on what to pray for. You could put these suggestions on a bookmark they can place in their Bibles. Make the bookmarks out of card stock paper. Here’s a list you could use.

  • School
  • Family
  • Health
  • Activities
  • Relationship with God

An Opportunity to Give. You can also use this as a way to raise funds for children’s ministry. Give the sponsors enough offering envelopes for the year and suggest they give a certain amount of money to the children’s ministry once a month in the name of the child they are sponsoring. If there are any trips or special events that cost money, the money they give will go toward the child they’re sponsoring.

Invite prayer sponsors to children’s ministry events, and let them know what’s going on in children’s ministry in your church.

The prayer sponsor program can be one of the most effective programs in your children’s ministry. Prayer changes things.

Teaching Children to Pray Using a Model

Models are easy ways to teach children to pray. Sometimes people get the idea that using a model for prayer isn’t right, but when Jesus was asked by the disciples how to pray, He gave them a model – the Lord’s Prayer. The Lord’s Prayer is my favorite model to teach children because it’s the model the Bible uses. I’ve included other models as well. Here’s a few models you can use to teach your students how to pray.

The Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6:10-14): The best known model for prayer is the one Jesus taught. Here’s an easy way to teach children this model using the finger on your hand.

ThumbOur Father in Heaven, we pray that Your Name will always be kept holy. The thumb is the most important digit on the hand. Without it we can’t pick things up easily. The thumb represents the most important part of prayer – praise.

Pointer Finger – We pray that Your kingdom will come and we pray that what You want will be done. At this time, point to the sky. This is when we pray for what God wants.

Middle Finger – Give us the food we need for each day. This is the biggest finger and represents what you pray for the most, both your needs and other people’s needs.

Ring Finger – Forgive the sins we have done just as we forgive those who did wrong to us. The ring finger is the finger that represents relationships. We ask God to forgive us to restore our relationship with Him, and we forgive others to restore our relationship with people.

Pinkie Finger – Do not cause us to be tested, but save us from the evil one. The devil’s power over us is small when we pray. That’s why we use the smallest finger to represent spiritual warfare.

Thumb – Praise. We start with praise, and we end with praise.

FistJames 5:16b The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results. Move the thumb over your other fingers to form a fist. When we pray like that, it’s a powerful thing.

ACTS Model: ACTS is an acronym that some use as a model during their prayer time.

Adoration – This is the time we use to praise God.

Confession – We need to confess anything we’ve done wrong to God.

Thanksgiving – It’s important to thank God for what He’s done for us.

Supplication – This is where we talk to God about our needs.

PRAY Model: Pray is an acronym.

Praise – Start prayer time with praise.

Repent – Ask God to forgive you for the things you’ve done wrong.

Ask – Ask God to meet your needs and the needs of others.

Yield – Ask God to show you what He wants for your life.

The next post will be about how God wants us to pray.