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, I give You thanks because You are good. Thank you for ________. Amen.

Dear God, thank you for making animals. I just love ________ (name a favourite animal). Amen.

Dear God, there are so many amazing things in nature. Thank you for ________ (name something in nature and what you like about it). Amen.

Dear God, thank you for a warm house, good food to eat, for my family and my pets. Amen.

Dear God, thank you for loving me. Thank you that my sins are forgiven and that I can be Your child. Amen.

Dear God, thank you that I am a child of Yours. Amen.

Dear God, life seems unfair right now. Please help me to see things that I can be thankful for. Amen.

Dear God, I am tempted to complain about ________ (name any area of dissatisfaction). Please help me to find a way to praise You even when I am not feeling thankful. Amen.

Dear God, please help me to be joyful always and to remember to give You thanks for all things (1 Thessalonians 5:16-19). 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 taking care of you.

Psalm 100:5 | Psalm 118:29 | John 10:11

Heart search

Tell God about the times you are tempted to complain instead of being thankful.

Deuteronomy 8:17-18 | Isaiah 57:17-18 | Luke 12:15


Thank God for ways you have seen your family express their thankfulness.

Personal requests

Ask God to help you, your siblings and your parents to remember to be thankful for everything.

Psalm 145:6-7 | Colossians 3:17 | 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18