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How to Pray: Teaching Children to Talk to God

By Joyce Meyer

From the Huffington Post

I’ve taught a lot about prayer over the years and how it is really just talking to God. Prayer is such a basic foundation of a Christian’s relationship with God. It’s how we communicate and fellowship with Him. But a surprising number of people, young and old, new and even long-time Christians, say they’re not satisfied with their prayer life. One reason for this seems to be that people are more concerned with following “rules” for prayer, or praying “right,” and aren’t confident God will hear or answer them if they don’t. But prayer is simply talking to God.

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When it comes to teaching children about prayer, I get excited, because if they can grasp this simple truth early enough in life, they will most likely grow up enjoying a fulfilling relationship with God and a satisfying prayer life. Think about it, most kids will talk openly and honestly about almost anything. This is how we can teach them to pray — openly, honestly, about anything that’s on their mind.

As a mother and grandmother, I think kids just need to understand the simplicity of prayer. It’s asking God for what we need and believing He will do the best thing for us. It’s talking to Him about people we care about, asking Him to help them. Prayer is asking God how to handle a problem we have and doing what He puts in our heart to do. They need to know they can tell God anything at all because He loves them no matter what. They need to realize they can talk to God like they would talk to their very best friend.

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