Kids talk with God

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 (i.e. Jesus, Father God, Lord Jesus, Heavenly Father, Abba Father, Lord).

If your children are ready to formulate their own original prayers, you may wish to use the Bible verses provided under “Scripture-guided prayer for children.”

Sample prayers

Dear God, I know that You will help me to be strong and courageous, even when I’m scared. Amen.

Dear God, thank you that You promise to go before me and always be with me and that You will never leave me or forsake me (Deuteronomy 31:8). Amen.

Dear God, it’s hard to be brave, especially right now. Please help me to remember that You will take care of me and help me to have courage. Amen.

Dear God, when I am afraid, please help me to put my trust in You, instead of myself. Amen.

Dear God, please give me the courage to shout as Nehemiah did, “Our God will fight for us!” (Nehemiah 4:20) Amen.

Dear God, when I am afraid, please help me to remember that You are great and awesome and that You will fight for me (Nehemiah 4:14). Amen.

Dear God, please help me to remember that with Your help, little guys can do big things too! Amen.

Dear God, I would rather not _____________ (name the situation that causes your child to be fearful, i.e. go to the basement). Please come with me and give me courage. 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 faithfulness, power and love.

Deuteronomy 7:9 | 2 Samuel 22:31-34 | Psalm 59:16

Heart search

Acknowledge when and why you lack courage.

Psalm 78:19-22 | Proverbs 28:26 1 Peter 5:7


Thank God ways you have seen courage demonstrated in your family.

Personal requests

Ask God to help you trust Him and be courageous.

Jeremiah 17:7 | 1 Corinthians 16:13-14 | 2 Thessalonians 3:3