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, thank You for showing me Your love by being patient with me. Please help me to show others I love them by being patient, too. Amen.

Dear God, I have been finding it hard to wait for ________. Please help me to be more patient. Amen.

Dear God, I have been bothered by ________. Please help me to be more patient with him/her. Amen.

Dear God, please send Your Holy Spirit to give me the fruit of Your Spirit, especially patience. Amen.

Dear God, I have been impatient. Please forgive me and send Your Holy Spirit to help me to be patient like You are. Amen.

Dear God, I have sinned in the way I ________. Please forgive me and help me to remember that love is patient and kind (1 Corinthians 13:4a). Amen.

Dear God, are there ways I am impatient? Please show me so I can say sorry. Amen.

Dear God, please make me more like You. Please send Your Holy Spirit to help me to be patient. 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 patience and forgiveness.

Psalm 78:38 | 1 Timothy 1:16 | 2 Peter 3:9

Heart search

Acknowledge when and how you are impatient.

Proverbs 15:18 | 1 Corinthians 13:4-5 | Colossians 3:13


Thank God for ways you have been patient.

Personal requests

Ask God to help you, your siblings and your parents to be patient.

Proverbs 19:11 | Ephesians 4:2 | Colossians 3:12