Kids talk with God

Help your children begin a habit of sharing their trials and triumphs with the Lord. Choose from the sample prayers below, or encourage older children to compose original prayers based on the verses listed under “Scripture-guided prayer for children.”

Sample prayers

Dear God, I know following You can be hard, like a really long race. Please help me to persevere even when it is hard to obey You. Amen.

Dear God, help me to welcome challenges in my life. Please give me the strength to persevere in them. Amen.

Dear God, thank you that through hard times, You help us grow. Amen.

Dear God, when I am feeling weak, tired or discouraged, please help me to remember to depend on You. Amen.

Dear God, sometimes it seems easier to be lazy than hard-working. When I am tempted to slack off in my work, please help me to remember that You gave me a spirit of self-discipline (2 Timothy 1:7). 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

Thank God for sharing His strength with you.

Psalm 23:1-3 | Isaiah 40:28-29 | Matthew 11:28

Heart search

Acknowledge when and how you are tempted to give up.

Proverbs 13:4 | Galatians 6:9 | Hebrews 12:1


Thank God for ways you have persevered.

Personal requests

Ask God to help you, your siblings and parents to persevere during challenges and in righteousness.

Isaiah 40:30-31 | John 15:5 | 2 Timothy 1:7