I’m grateful to my dad, grandmothers and every Sunday School, missions and music teacher who understood the meaning of Luke 8:11, 15: “This is the meaning of the parable: The seed is the word of God. But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop.” (NIV) It is an honor to plant the seeds of the Word of God and prayer in children. Children enjoy talking to God and generally grasp the concept easily. Today, we examine ways to pray and elements of prayer.
Ask forgiveness – God is merciful and full of grace and forgives completely, if you ask. “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” I John 1:9 NIV
Be specific - Tell God detailed requests. “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”
Philippians 4:6 NIV
Confess your sins - Part of prayer is acknowledging sin. “Therefore, confess your sins to each other and pray for each other…” James 5:16 NIV
Discuss your concerns with God – Talk to God about everything that matters to you. “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” Philippians 4:6-7 NIV
Effectively pray – An effective prayer is made by a person who has confessed their sins and one that is part of God’s will. Ask and leave the prayer with a God Who knows the whole picture and rest in the fact that He will answer as He knows best and at the right time. “The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” James 5:16 NIV
Focus on God - Prayer is about God and His power not about you. “Look to the Lord and His strength; seek His face always.” 1 Chronicles 16:11NIV
Give thanks – Always give thanks because thankfulness puts the focus on God’s provision and gifts. “Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.” Colossians 4:2 NIV
Habitually pray - Make prayer a pattern. Talk to God every morning or every night; pray before meals. “Pray continually and give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” I Thessalonians 5:17-18 NIV
Intercede (pray) for others – Ask God to help your friends and family. “…Pray for each other. James 5:16 NIV
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