Kids talk with God

These sample prayers all begin with “Dear God,” but you may use any other names of God your children are comfortable with, (i.e. Father God, Lord Jesus, Heavenly Father, Abba Father, etc.)

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, please give me a joyful attitude when I work! Amen.

Dear God, thank you for giving me the responsibility of ______________ (name a task). Please give me the strength and discipline I need to do it well. Amen.

Dear God, I don’t feel like working. Please give me Your Spirit of self-discipline (2 Timothy 1:7). Amen.

Dear God, this job is taking so long and I want to quit. Please help me to persevere and be a reliable worker. Amen.

Dear God, I do not like having the responsibility of ________________ (name the task). I would rather just play or relax. Please help me to do this job as though I am working for You (Colossians 3:23).

Dear God, I want to be like Jesus, faithfully completing the jobs You give me to do (John 4:34). 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 being a God of strength and purpose.

John 4:34 | 1 Corinthians 1:25 | Ephesians 2:10

Heart search

Acknowledge times when you’re tempted to avoid doing what you’re asked to do.

Proverbs 10:4 | Proverbs 13:4 | Proverbs 22:13


Thank God for the times when you have been a hard worker and or have done jobs with a joyful attitude.

Family requests

Ask God to help you, your siblings and your parents to be willing and faithful workers.

Ephesians 2:10 | Colossians 3:23 | 2 Timothy 1:7