Kids talk with God

Use this section to help your children 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 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 don’t feel like being joyful right now. I need Your Holy Spirit to help me. Amen.

Dear God, knowing that You protect me gives me joy (Psalm 5:11). Amen.

Dear God, thank You for loving me and sending Jesus to set me free. Amen.

Dear God, Your ways are right and they give me joy in my heart (Psalm 19:8). Amen.

Dear God, can You please send Your Holy Spirit to help me choose to be joyful right now? Amen.

Dear God, please remind me that You are always in control. 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 giving you joy.

Psalm 65:8 | Psalm 92:4 | Isaiah 12:2-4

Heart search

Acknowledge when and how you have trouble being joyful.

Psalm 51:10,12 | Psalm 139:23 | 1 Peter 5:7


Thank God for times when you and your family members have been full of joy, even when life has been hard.

Personal requests

Ask God to help you, your siblings and parents to be joyful in good times and in hard times.

Psalm 5:11 | Psalm 119:14 | John 16:24