Resolving to learn how to speak graciously is an act of love and obedience to God, but it’s not easy. Use these sample prayers to help your children ask for God’s help.
Alternatively, use the verses listed under “Scripture-guided prayer for children” to help your kids formulate an original prayer.
Dear God, please help me to guard my lips (Proverbs 13:3). Amen.
Dear God, please help me to have a wise tongue that heals instead of a reckless tongue that hurts others (Proverbs 12:18). Amen.
Dear God, I am very angry right now. Please help me to get a right attitude before I open my mouth. Amen.
Dear God, I want to hear Your voice. Help me to learn to listen. Amen.
Dear God, I have sinned in the way I ________ (spoke unkindly etc.). Please forgive me and send Your Holy Spirit to set a guard over my mouth and to keep watch over the door of my lips (Psalm 141:3). Amen.
Dear God, please watch over the door of my mouth so I don’t say things to discourage others. Instead, help me to think of things I can say to build others up (Psalm 141:3, 1 Thessalonians 5:11).
Read through one of the selected Scriptures under each heading and help your children pray based on the verse that you read. Encourage them to listen to God and allow His Spirit to guide them as they pray.
Begin by letting God know how much you appreciate Him and desire to hear His voice.
Job 40:9 | Luke 4:22 | John 14:23, 25-26
Acknowledge when and how you are not courteous.
Proverbs 13:3 | Proverbs 15:1 | James 1:19
Thank God for ways you have seen courtesy exhibited in your family.
Ask God to make you, your siblings and parents, courteous and Christ-like in your communication.
Psalm 19:14 | Psalm 141:3 | 1 Thessalonians 5:11