Helping Your Kids Pray with 3-2-1-0

Sincere faith is passed down in sincere ways. It doesn’t have to be flashy or wordy, in fact Jesus told us to pray simply. So at bedtime when you’re spent and the kids need to get to sleep, this is my solution to help you model powerful prayer without dragging the clock on. (printable below!)

Really it’s all about prompting and modeling as you count down 3-2-1-0. Here’s how…

*Start strong by praising God for THREE of His characteristics to remind your little of who God is so they know their prayers are in good hands.

*Then thank the Lord for TWO people the love or provisions God’s given.

* Ask God for help with ONE worry and pray for ONE person who needs help.

*And admit sin and thank God for wiping away every wrongdoing down to ZERO.

Don’t try to be perfect, just let your little one have space to talk to Jesus. That’s what prayer’s all about. Sometimes they may not have anything to say for one portion and that’s where you get to swoop in and share what’s on your heart.

I’ve been blown away by the worries I’ve heard from my kids that I didn’t know about. It’s allowed me to have a window into their little lives so I can pray for them and support them better. Enjoy your time praying with your kids, passing down sincere faith.

Here’s a pdf you can print out and tape up on the wall to help you get into the groove…

Published by andreachatelain

I am a follower of Christ Jesus. Also, a wife to Dirk Chatelain and mother of three balls of energy; Luke is 5, Natalie 2, and Calvin 7 months. I currently work part-time as an English as a Second Language teacher at a local community college. In 2006, I graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a degree in Journalism and Broadcasting, then went back for a Masters in Educations focusing on Secondary Language Acquisition for ESL and Spanish. (Can you tell I love words??) I am a pretty free spirit and love to listen to others' life stories. I learn so much from others and am inspired by their endurance. Other than spending my days with family, friends, and neighbors…I am finding a passion for gardening and cooking. There is something cathartic about watching God's creation grow from a tiny seed, and then, well, eating it. So far the bugs are staying away, but I will keep you posted.

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