One of the most significant ways we convey spiritual truth to our children is through our prayers. I believe that when we pray with our children, our children learn about our relationship with Our Heavenly Father and what we believe about Him. Let’s look at three things we teach our children when they listen to us pray.
- When we pray, our children learn that we have a sincere relationship with the Lord.
This past Sunday I was talking with a friend about what children learn when they listen to their parents pray. He shared with me that when he was growing up his father’s prayers were formulaic and seemed artificial to him. But in recent years my friend has noticed a change in his elderly father’s relationship with the Lord. What’s significant is that the chief way he has come to recognize the change is by listening to the way his father prays.
I grew up with a mother who had a sensitive relationship with the Lord, and I knew it from the way that she prayed. When I was a child she used to tell me that even if all my friends stopped being my friends, Jesus would always be my friend. I believed her. The reason I believed her is that when she prayed I could tell that she was talking to her closest friend.
- When we pray, our children learn that we actually believe that God can and will answer our prayers.
I want my children to know that when we pray, we are speaking to a God who is strong enough to answer our prayers and who cares deeply enough to act on our behalf.
- When we pray, our children learn what we believe about God.
Your children will learn from you that God is holy by listening to the way you confess your sins; that God is a God of power when you worship him; that God truly cares when you call upon him in your time of need, and so on.
When I’m alone with the Lord, one of the prayers I pray more than any other is:
“Lord, I want it to be real. I don’t want to be a fake. I need Your grace to live out what I teach.” But I think it’s good to remember that our children are listening.
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