A child's first impression of prayer usually comes from hearing Mom and Dad pray.  When children hear you talking to God, it prompts the realization that God is someone who listens. Long before the reality of prayer has meaning, a child learns an attitude toward God. Our expressions of thanksgiving and praise for God's loving care will enable the child to view God as loving and caring. If talking to God is natural and real to you, it will become real to your children. God will become their constant Companion, and ever-present Listener with whom we can share joy and sorrow. Share your own prayer experiences with your child. Pray with them. Tell them when you are praying for them and what you pray about. And always be sure to tell them how God answered your prayers. If children see a consistent demonstration of the importance of prayer in the life of a parent, they will grow into a personal prayer experience. Remember, prayer is simply talking to God. It does not need to be phrased a certain way to be pleasing to God. Keep your words simple and your prayer brief. A few short sentences it a great model for meaningful prayer that the child can imitate. Talking to God about little things like scraped elbows conveys that God is interested.


Because preschoolers generally have a short attention span, a great way to teach them to pray is to have them draw their prayers in their own prayer journal.  They will love the activity and it will help them stay focused. It's also special for parents to see what pictures represent prayers to them.

  • August Prayer

    "The most effective prayers for kindness and compassion begin with an awareness of the God-created preciousness of those in need."  Jodie Berndt


    Ephesians 4:32

    Let these children be kind and compassionate to others, forgiving them just as in Christ God forgave them. 



    Colossians 3:12

    Clothe these children with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.   



    Galatians 5:22-23

    Fill these children with your Holy Spirit, that they might bear the Spirit?s fruit:  love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.  



    Proverbs 31:20

    Let these children open their arms to the poor and extend their hands to the needy. 

  • July Prayer

    "When you pray for your children to learn things like diligence and self-control, you are asking God to give them attributes that are absolutely essential to their future happiness and success."  Jodie Berndt


    2 Peter 1:5-8

    Cause these children to make every effort to add to their faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love.  Let these children possess these qualities in increasing measure, so that they will be effective and productive in their knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.



    2 Timothy 1:7  

    Do not give these children a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love, and of self- discipline. 

  • June Prayer

    "Praying for your children's ability to manage money involves praying that they will trust God as the supplier of all of their needs."  Jodie Berndt


    2 Corinthians 9:6-8

    Teach these children to sow generously, that they might also reap generously.  Let their giving be marked by cheerfulness rather than by reluctance, and supply all of their needs so that they will abound in every good work.  



    Hebrews 13:5, Philippians 4:12

    Keep these children free from the love of money and let them be content with what they have, knowing that you, O Lord, will never leave or forsake them.  Let them be like Paul, who knew how to be content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.  

  • May Prayer

    "You can pray for your children?s future with hope and confidence, knowing that God loves them and has a special plan for each of their lives."  Jodie Berndt


    Philippians 1:6

    Thank you for beginning a good work in these children, and that you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. 



    Proverbs 19:21

    No matter what these children are planning in their hearts, let your purpose prevail in their lives.  



    Ephesians 5:15-17

    Let these children be careful and wise in how they live, making the most of every opportunity and understanding your will for their lives.  



    2 Thessalonians 1:11-12

    Fulfill every good purpose in these children?s lives and every act prompted by their faith, so that the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in their lives.

  • April Prayer

    "Praying for your children to develop a servant?s heart means praying that they will learn to look beyond the task at hand to see the Master whom they serve."  Jodie Berndt


    Philippians 2:3-5

    Let these children do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than themselves.  Let them look not only to their own interests, but also to the interests of others, and let their attitudes be the same as that of Christ Jesus.  



    Ephesians 6:7-8

    Motivate these children to serve wholeheartedly, as if they were serving you, not people, and remind them that you will reward everyone for whatever good they do.  



    Psalm 100:2

    Let these children worship and serve you with gladness. 

  • March Prayer

    "When you ask God to give your children wisdom and discernment, you are asking him to enable them to see the world through his eyes- and to think, speak, act, and respond accordingly."  Jodie Berndt


    James 1:5-8

    Give these children wisdom. Thank you that you give generously to everyone without finding fault.  Help these children to believe and not doubt, and give them singleness of mind and stability in all that they do.  Help them to be decisive and to make good decisions. 



    1 Kings 3:9,12

    Give these children a wise and discerning heart so that they can distinguish between right and wrong.



    Isaiah 11:5

    Don't let these children judge by what they see with their eyes, or decide by what they hear with their ears, but let them act with righteousness, justice, and faith.  

  • February Prayer

    "Praying for your children to trust in God?s promises and depend on his love can turn their hearts into a dwelling place for genuine joy-even when things go wrong."  Jodie Berndt


    1 Thessalonians 1:6, 5:16-18

    Let these children be filled with joy given by the Holy Spirit.  Let these children be joyful always, pray continually, and give thanks in all circumstances, for this is your will for them in Christ Jesus. 



    Ephesians 3:17-19

    I pray that these children's identities will be firmly rooted and established in Christ's love, and that they may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge - that they may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. 

  • January Prayer

    "You can pray for your children's spiritual protection with joy, faith, and assurance, knowing that Jesus Christ is greater than any of the dark forces that inhabit their world."  Jodie Berndt


    Matthew 6:13 

    Lead these children not into temptation, but deliver them from the evil one.  



    2 Corinthians 10:4-5

    Give these children the weapons they need to demolish strongholds, arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of you, Lord.  Help these children to take captive every thought they have to make it obedient to Christ. 



    James 4:7-8

    Help these children to submit to you, O God, and to resist the devil.  Make the devil flee from these children as they draw near to you.  

  • December Prayer

    "When you pray for your children - in everything from their character to their future - you invite God to strengthen and equip them to promote his kingdom."  

    Jodie Berndt, from Praying the Scriptures for Your Children



    Matthew 28:19-20

    I pray that these children would go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything you have commanded us. 



    Colossians 1:9-10

    Fill these children with the knowledge of your will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that they may live a life worthy of you and may please you in every way: bearing fruit in every good work and growing in the knowledge of you, Lord. 

  • November Prayer

    "Praying for your children to recognize their giftedness can help them gain a sense of destiny as they consider the ways God might use them."  

    Jodie Berndt, from Praying the Scriptures for Your Children



    I Peter 4:10-11

    Let these children use their gifts to serve others, faithfully administering your grace in its various forms, so that in all things you will be praised and receive glory.  



    Proverbs 3:5-6

    As these children consider their gifts, cause them to lean not on their own understanding, but acknowledge you in all their ways, so that you - the One who created and gifted them - will make their paths straight.  



    Hebrews 13:21

    Equip these children with everything good for doing your will.  



    1 Corinthians 10:31

    Let these children use their gifts and talents for your glory.  

  • October Prayer

    "Praying for a child's salvation is asking God to give them the only gift that lasts forever." 

    Jodie Berndt, from Praying the Scriptures for Your Children



    2 Corinthians 4:4-6

    Remove the veil from these children's eyes so that they can see the light of the gospel. Shine your light in their hearts to give them the light of the knowledge of your glory in the face of Christ.  



    Romans 10:9, 13

    I pray that these children would confess with their mouths that Jesus is Lord, and that they would believe in their hearts that you have raised Christ from the dead. Cause these children to call on your name, Lord, and save them.  



    Ezekiel 11:19

    Put a new spirit in these children. Remove their hearts of stone and give them a heart of flesh. Cause these children to follow your decrees and keep your laws. Let them know that they belong to you, and that you are their God.  

  • September Prayer

    "When you ask God to hide his word in a child's heart, you are asking for the blessings of

    wisdom, protection, and freedom."  

    Jodie Berndt, from Praying the Scriptures for Your Children



    Proverbs 7:2-3

    Let these children keep your words and store up your commands so that they will live. Cause them to guard your teachings as the apple of their eye, and let them be written on the tablet of their hearts. 



    Psalm 1:1-3

    Let these children take delight in your law, and let them meditate on it day and night, so that whatever they do will prosper.



    James 1:22

    Do not let these children merely listen to the word, and so deceive themselves. Let them do what it says.  



    Psalm 119:105

    Make your word a lamp to their feet and a light for their paths.   



    I Samuel 22:31

    Show these children that your way is perfect and your word is flawless. Be their shield as they take refuge in you.