Kids talk with God

Use the sample prayers in this section to help your children learn to reach out to God in all things. Alternatively, if your children are ready to pray an original prayer, you may wish to use the Bible verses provided under “Scripture-guided prayer for children.”

Sample prayers

Dear God, I want to do things Your way, not mine. Amen.

Dear God, I confess that I often want things my way. Please help me to let ________ have their way instead. Amen.

Dear God, please help me submit to You so I can resist the devil (James 4:7). Amen.

Dear God, I don’t feel like cooperating with ________. I really need Your Holy Spirit to help me! Amen.

Dear God, please help me to cooperate when my parents ask me to do something I don’t want to do. I do want to please You (Colossians 3:20). Amen.

Dear God, when I don’t feel like cooperating, please help me to remember that it is good and pleasant when brothers (and sisters) live together in unity (Psalm 133:1). Amen.

Dear God, please help me to love my family so we can live together in perfect unity (Colossians 3:14). Amen.

Dear God, please help me to remember that I can show I love someone by letting them have their way (1 Corinthians 13:5). 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 being a God of love and unity.

James 3:17 | 1 John 4:7 | 1 John 4:16

Heart search

Acknowledge when and how you have trouble getting along with others.

1 Corinthians 13:4 | 1 Corinthians 13:5 | Philippians 2:3


Thank God for the ways you have seen your family cooperating.

Personal requests

Ask God to help you, your siblings and parents to be cooperative.

Romans 15:5 | Philippians 2:4 | 2 Corinthians 13:11