Use this section to help your children learn to reach out to God in all things. The sample prayers all begin with “Dear God,” however, you may use any other names for God your children are comfortable with. If your children are ready to formulate their own original prayers, use the Bible verses under “Scripture-guided prayer for children” for inspiration.
Dear God, I am tempted to exclude ________. I don’t like it when he/she does ________. Please give me Your love for him/her. Help me to love ________ despite how he/she behaves. Amen.
Dear God, I want to be like You! Please help me to love others as Jesus did. Amen.
Dear God, I am tempted to dislike ________. Please give me Your love for him/her. Amen.
Dear God, please show me if I have not been sharing Your love with others. Amen.
Dear God, please help me show others that I am Your child by being kind to them. Remind me that I can do this by including others during playtime and by including someone who is left out. Amen.
Dear God, please show me if there is someone who needs my love and acceptance. Amen.
Dear God, I am sorry that I have not been accepting of ________. Please help me to show him/her that I have Jesus’ love in my heart. Amen.
Read through one of the selected Scriptures under each heading and help your children pray based on the verse you read. Encourage them to listen to God and allow His Spirit to guide them as they pray.
Begin by letting God know how much you appreciate His willingness to accept you as part of His family.
John 3:16 | Acts 10:34 | 1 John 4:12,16
Acknowledge when and how you do not accept or include others.
Matthew 7:1-2 | Ephesians 4:2 | 1 John 4:20
Thank God for ways you have been accepting of others.
Ask God to help you, your siblings and parents to be accepting of others, just as He is.
John 13:34-35 | 1 John 4:21 | 1 John 2:5-6