These sample prayers all begin with “Dear God,” but you may use any other names of God your children are comfortable with, (i.e. Father God, Lord Jesus, Heavenly Father, Abba Father, etc.)
If your children are ready to pray original prayers, you may wish to use the Bible verses provided under “Scripture-guided prayer for children.”
Dear God, please help me to notice when people are hurting and show me how to share Your love with them. Amen.
Dear God, thank you for showing me mercy every day. Please help me to be merciful to others. Amen.
Dear God, right now I feel like paying back wrong for wrong. Please help me to choose to be merciful instead. Amen.
Dear God, even when I don’t feel like forgiving, please help me to remember that You show mercy to those who show mercy to others (Matthew 5:7). Amen.
Dear God, I don’t feel like caring about anyone but myself right now. Please send Your Holy Spirit to help me love others like You do. Amen.
Dear God, thank you for loving me and forgiving my sins. Help me to forgive others as You have forgiven me (Matthew 6:12). Amen.
Note: For an additional prayer idea, see the activity “seeking God’s heart” in the hands-on options section of this lesson which guides you in writing your own version of a Celtic prayer.
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 to allow His Spirit to guide them as they pray.
Begin by exalting God for being compassionate.
Psalm 103:13 | Psalm 145:8-9 | James 5:11b
Acknowledge times when you have trouble showing mercy to others.
Isaiah 55:7 | Luke 6:36-37 | 1 John 4:20
Thank God for ways you have seen your family members share His love with others.
Ask God to help you, your siblings and your parents be merciful.
James 3:17 | 1 Peter 3:8 | 1 John 4:21