Friday, March 2, 2012

Teaching our kids to pray

I have been blessed to pray with little ones for a long time.  My own little ones and also little ones from church.  I have felt that it is important to teach them to give their all when they pray.  What does that mean?  Let me explain..

Do you know how squirmy and unfocused a little one can be?  One minute they are on their chair and the next minute they are attempting to climb a wall!  We all need to give our full attention and learn to be respectful when we pray.  I recently heard it explained in a way that I thought was a PERFECT way to teach children to pray.

*WHY DO WE FOLD OUR HANDS WHEN WE PRAY? OUT OF RESPECT FOR OUR FRIENDS.  It is hard to stay focused when we are trying to punch our friend or waving our hands in the air. If our hands are folded in front of us, they are not going to distract our friends.

*WHY DO WE CLOSE OUR EYES WHEN WE PRAY?  OUT OF RESPECT FOR OURSELVES. When our eyes are closed we are not looking around to see what our friends are doing and we can focus on our talk with God. 

*WHY DO WE BOW OUR HEADS WHEN WE PRAY? OUT OF RESPECT FOR GOD. God deserves us to bow before Him.  We are showing respect and love when we bow our heads to talk to God.


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