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 honest in their speech and behaviour. If your kids are ready to begin formulating their own prayers, see the verses under “Scripture-guided prayer for children” for inspiration.
God, please help me to be a boy/girl who always tells the truth. Help me to tell the truth even when I think I will be punished if I admit what I have done. Amen.
God, I know you delight in people who tell the truth. Please help me to be someone who You can delight in. Amen.
Dear God, I have disappointed You, my mom and dad, and myself by not telling the truth about ________. Please forgive me and send Your Holy Spirit of Truth to guide me into all truth (John 16:13). Amen.
Dear God, if there are things I have said that are untrue, please remind me so I can tell the truth instead. Amen.
Dear God, if I am tempted to lie, please help me to listen to Your voice which will say “Tell the truth.” Amen.
Dear God, please forgive me for I have not been truthful. I am sorry because I know You hate it when people lie. Please help me to tell the truth so You can delight in what I say (Proverbs 12:22). Amen.
If your children prefer to say an original prayer, these Scriptures will help. Choose one verse 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 letting God know how much you appreciate that He is the God of Truth.
Psalm 33:4 | Isaiah 45:18-19 | John 14:6
Acknowledge where and how you are tempted to be dishonest.
Psalm 15:1-2 | Proverbs 12:22 | Proverbs 24:12
Thank God for ways you have been honest.
Ask God to inspire you, your siblings and your parents, to be passionate about telling the truth.
Psalm 25:4-5 | Psalm 119:30,32 | 1 Corinthians 13:6 | John 16:13