In the last week I’ve run into two of my adult daughter’s friends. As I gave each one a hug I remembered the numerous challenges they’ve had over the years. I also remembered the minor conflicts my daughter had with them, but mostly I remembered the prayers.
My daughter Leslie often came to me with requests to pray for others, but she didn’t leave the praying up to me alone. Over the years my daughter learned to pray for her friends. Prayer supported their relationships. Prayer changed my daughter’s heart toward her friends as well.
It’s important to teach kids to pray, and praying for friends should be at the top of the list. Looking back it’s clear the friends my kids had during their childhood impacted their personal growth. Positive healthy relationships built on prayer don’t just impact your kids today, but for a lifetime.
Here are six ways to teach kids to pray for their friends!
For younger kids:
1. Pray using your fingers. Every day help your child pick one friend to pray for, and then pray five things for that person. You may need to help your child think of things the first few times, but feel free to give them ideas.
2. Read, God Bless My Friends. This delightful books teaches kids to pray for their friends despite their differences. After reading the book think of friends you both can pray for.
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