When life is crazy, as it often is with young kids, we sometimes forget that God is right there, ready to help—anytime and anywhere! Here some are ideas for praying with elementary school-age kids:
Stop, Drop, and PRAY: During battles and worries, stop what you’re doing, drop everything, and talk to God. During one awful day, Mom sent Marissa to her room three times—the last time both were in tears. After a few minutes and a good cry, Mom calmly entered Marissa’s room and said, “Marissa, we’ve had a rough day. I think we need to pray. They held hands and prayed together for patience, good humor, and forgiveness.
Popcorn Prayer: One person begins and ends the prayer, pausing in the middle so that others may “pop” in and pray, like popcorn kernels popping in the pan. This prayer style is great for families or groups that include shy kids.
Clockwise Prayer: At dinner, in the car, or in the living room each person prays for the person to the left. If there’s time, reverse order and pray again.
Moving Prayer: While you’re on a walk or in the car, silently pray for the people you pass. Or make a list of people you see, and then pray for them aloud when you get home.
Prayer Planner: Write down family prayer requests and needs in a planner, calendar, or smartphone. Don’t forget to thank God for answered prayers!