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, thank you for making me special. Amen.
Dear God, thank you for making me “me.” Amen.
Dear God, thank you for giving me the ability to ____________. (Have your child name something he / she is good at.) Please help me use this talent to honour You. Amen.
Dear God, please help me to remember that I am special because You made me in Your image (Genesis 1:26-27). Amen.
Dear God, please help me to remember that I am valuable because You created me. Amen.
Dear God, when I feel bad about myself, please remind me that I am Your creation. Amen.
Dear God, thank you for making me exactly according to Your plan for me. Amen.
Dear God, thank you for making me ___________________________________. (Have your child list ways in which he / she is unique.) Amen.
Dear God, please help me to always remember to praise You for being who You are – the Lord of all creation, including me! Amen.
Dear God, when I am tempted to be proud of myself, help me to remember You are my Creator and You are the only One who deserves the honour. Amen.
Dear God, when I feel unloved, please remind me that I am “the apple of Your eye.” When I am scared, please remind me that You hide me in “the shadow of Your wings” (Psalm 17:8). Amen.
For boys: Dear God, I want to be a mighty warrior for You, just as Gideon was (Judges 6:12). Amen.
For girls: Dear God, I want to be as confident as a queen or a princess and be willing to stand up for righteousness, just as Esther was (Esther 4:14). 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 exalting God for who He is and by thanking Him for making you, and for loving and valuing for you.
Psalm 139:13-16 | Jeremiah 31:3 | Luke 18:16
Acknowledge times when you view yourself negatively, or areas in which you are tempted to be proud.
Proverbs 27:2 | Jeremiah 9:23-24 | Hebrews 4:16
Thank God for loving you and making you “you.”
Ask God to help you and your family members to see yourselves as valuable because you are all created and loved by God.
Psalm 8:5 | Romans 8:31 | Ephesians 2:10