Kids talk with God

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.”

Sample prayers

Dear God, before I speak, please help me to think about how the things I say will affect others. Amen.

Dear God, please keep watch over the door of my lips so that I don’t say things that are unkind or hurtful to others (Psalm 141:3). Amen.

Dear God, I am ________________ (angry / hurt / frustrated / irritated)! Please help me not to speak until my heart has been checked by You. Amen.

Dear God, I want to be kind and thoughtful. Please give me a reminder if I am going to say something rude or hurtful to someone. Amen.

Dear God, I want to love others like You do. Please help me to be polite, to be patient, and to think of others instead of myself (1 Corinthians 13:4-5). Amen.

Dear God, sometimes I feel like a silly puppy that jumps on people with muddy paws and nips at them because I don’t know any better. Please teach me how to be more considerate! Amen.

Dear God, please teach me how I can honour others before myself. Amen.

Dear God, I want to have my own way. Please help me to learn to let others have what they want so there can be peace. Please send me Your wisdom from heaven so I can be considerate (James 3:17). Amen.

Scripture-guided prayer for children

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.

Character focus

Begin by thanking God for His unlimited love and care.

Psalm 8:3-9 | Psalm 85:10-11 | Luke 1:46-49

Heart search

Acknowledge times when you’re tempted to think about yourself instead of others.

1 Corinthians 10:24 | 1 Corinthians 13:4-5 | James 3:17


Thank God for the ways you have seen your family members treat others with consideration.

Family requests

Ask God to help you, your siblings and your parents to care for others and to think about how your words and actions will affect others.

Titus 3:1-2 | 1 Peter 3:8 | 1 Timothy 4:12