Children’s Prayer Guideline for Sunday School

The first day of Sunday School, I was as excited as the children. The class was made up of all girls. I asked the girls, “Do you think prayer is important?” They said, “No, not so much.” The girls quickly learned that was not the right answer in Ms. O’s class.

I’m sharing what worked for me in getting children excited about talking to Jesus. It took the whole Sunday School year. The growth which occurred is amazing. Blessed to have them again this year.

The chart below gave the girls structure for praying. Before beginning we sing one of their favorites: “Good Morning God”. It goes, “Good Morning God, this is your day, I am your child, show me your way, and teach me to obey. Each part of the song is accompanied with sign language.

1. First step in our journey in talking to Jesus was to write prayers the girls wanted to pray on sticky notes. Their prayers were for teachers, safety in schools, missionaries, others, family, and pets. Wow, some pretty good prayers.
Prayer Chart on Poster Board Paper
2. First couple of weeks, I role modeled the entire prayer, beginning with praise, prayer request, and closing the prayer which I always did.
3. After many weeks of this type of placing prayer request on sticky notes and my role modeling of talking to Jesus, one of the children
asked, “Ms. O may I pray my request.” Then another asked and then another.
4. The following weeks ahead, they all
wanted to pray their own request, after I modeled talking with Jesus on the items on the circular chart.
5. A short time later the students asked if we could discontinue the sticky notes and they would just pray their own request. I role modeled talking to Jesus still at the beginning and end of the prayers.
6. After a few more weeks, near the end of the Sunday School term,
the students started saying can we pray for the world, the USA/those in authority. Can we pray for President Trump and staff, missionaries who are suffering for Christ, teachers, school safety in school, weather disasters, missionaries, unsaved friends and people they knew, parents, people who were ill and in the hospital, pets, safety in travel, and what they wanted Jesus to help them in their own personal lives. They were growing in their own personal relationship with Jesus. They, in other words, were walking and talking with Jesus. This process takes the whole Sunday School year.
This is part of our group praying. This is what it looks like in our classroom as we pray. We bend down before the Lord Jesus. We pray with one hand on top of another as a sign of agreement in prayer. When we end the prayers, we say 1, 2, 3 Praise the Lord (the latter was suggested by a student.)

Published by rko777

I am a novice writer and painter who loves to be creative. I love singing but can't sing without a hymnal, except for children's songs. I love to make up my own songs and love the old hymns. I love to garden and got that love from my Mom and Dad who taught be everything I know from planting to harvesting to canning. I'm happy gardening, walking with my pug, JD Sir Winston Churchill, painting, and crafting. I love to spend Saturday's sitting in my rocker going through a bible study. I love working with elementary school aged children and seeing them use their creative gifts. I have taught Sunday school for a number of years and taught in the public schools for 18 years. I might say I'm retired but I spend most of my time subbing and enjoy it immensely. The kids spark my own creativeness.

10 thoughts on “Children’s Prayer Guideline for Sunday School

  1. This reminds me of Matthew 19:14 (KJV) “But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” And, when we add, “thy Kingdom come thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” The Lords Prayer

    Student had a great idea with ending the prayer in a power pledge. There surely is power in prayer.

  2. Yes I love that scripture verse and we have a painting on the wall with it. The children have “no doubt” that Jesus is No. 1. When they pray God’s hand moves.

  3. Great to read about the teaching tools and year of SS class with the children and see their development.
    The progression in your SS class, Rena, from prayer chart to writing sticky note prayers to speaking prayers reminded me of one of Sara’s retreat lesson books, “The Four Bees- Finding Your Spiritual Gifts’. In Sara’s book there was a step progression in order to find your gift, the first being “Writing Power” – “building your power structures” by “order” and “gathering”. And the next step lesson was about using your ‘Creative Expression’ – Saying Power”.

    1. Thanks Debi for reminding us to stir up our gift. 2 Timonthy 1:6 KJV gives us those instructions. “Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee…” I love how other writers use words to encourage us….
      “For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you…”
      When September comes we think of the beginning of new beginnings and it’s so nice to have others encourage us to fan those flames.

      It is always a great story when one finds their gift and fans the flames to make it glow year in and year out. Some of us wobble here and there without the joy of being authentic thinking we should be another person. 😱 So I’m going to follow Debi’s class notes and watch a glow while I enjoy the wine of the Holy Spirit.

  4. Rena, I keep thinking on the scripture in Proverbs, as I have read this blog. Also, I am reminded of a song that I believe the title is “Thank You”. “Proverbs 22:6
    Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.” Awesome to see children being taught/trained to speak to God in prayer. I love how you put your hands together , as you pray.🙏✝

      1. Tammy, The song is a story we all want to hear, sure will encourage teachers that serve and wonder! The lyrics might just need to be in our pockets so we can remind ourselves often. Just recently I asked, MG, that was a few days before departing this life for heaven and had taught children for over 40 years what she was going to say to a certain person that she had worked with, she looked puzzled for a brief moment and said, “it is worth it all.” I love these lines from Ray Boltz’s song you recommended…..but all lines are so meaningful.
        “When I was only eight.
        And every week you would say a prayer
        Before the class would start.
        And one day when you said that prayer,
        I asked Jesus in my heart.”

      1. Rena, the children you are teaching are developing their prayer life, as evidenced here. Thanks for sharing your story, what encouragement✝🙏

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