Just as you taught your children language skills through continual interaction, you can teach your children to have constant dialogue with God by leading them in brief but frequent prayers throughout the day.
These sample prayers will help you lead your kids in asking God to enable them to be peace-makers who get along well with others. If your kids are ready to begin formulating their own prayers, see the verses under “Scripture-guided prayer for children” for inspiration.
Dear God, I don’t feel like living in peace with ________ right now. I need Your Holy Spirit to help me! Amen.
Dear God, please give us peace like a river in our home (Isaiah 48:18). Amen.
Dear God, help me to remember that it is good and pleasant when brothers (and sisters) live together in unity (Psalm 133:1). Amen.
Dear God, I ask You would send Your Holy Spirit to help me want to live at peace with ________. Amen.
Dear God, I feel like paying back the wrong that was done to me. Please help me be quick to forgive and to do something kind to this person instead (1 Peter 3:8-9). Amen.
Dear God, thank you for sharing Your love with me. Please help me to share Your love with others. Amen.
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.
Begin by thanking God for being a God of love and peace.
Isaiah 9:6 | Isaiah 48:17-18 | Matthew 5:9
Acknowledge when and how you have trouble getting along with others.
Proverbs 20:3 | Romans 12:16-18 | 1 Corinthians 13:5
Thank God for ways you have seen harmony in your family.
Ask God to help you, your siblings and parents live at peace with each other
Romans 14:19 | 2 Corinthians 13:11 | Colossians 3:15