Kids talk with God

Use this section to help your child 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 you prefer to help your children formulate original prayers, you’ll find inspiration in the verses listed in the “Scripture-guided prayer” section.

Sample prayers

Read Mark 11:25. Before you go to prayer, ask God to help you all do a “heart search,” making sure that no one is holding grudges against anyone else.

Dear God, I am having a hard time forgiving ________ for ________. Please give me Your love in my heart so I can forgive as You have forgiven me. Amen.

Dear God, I feel like hurting ________ rather than forgiving him/her. Please help me to remember that it is Your job to discipline others and not mine. Amen.

Dear God, thank You for sending Jesus to die on the cross so that we can have our sins forgiven. Thank You for forgiving my sins. Please help me to forgive others as You forgive us. Amen.

Dear God, I am sorry I did _____________. Will You please forgive me? Amen.

Dear God, I am afraid to ask forgiveness from _____________. Please give me the courage to do the right thing. 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 letting God know how much you appreciate His love, grace, mercy and forgiveness.

Psalm 86:5 | Psalm 145:8 | Micah 7:18-19

Heart search

Acknowledge when and how you have difficulty forgiving others.

Matthew 6:14-15 | Ephesians 4:31 | 1 John 2:9


Thank God for ways you have seen forgiveness offered readily in your family.

Personal requests

Ask God to help you, your siblings and parents, to be willing to forgive others quickly, in all situations.

Ephesians 4:2-3 | Ephesians 4:32 | Colossians 3:12-14