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 kids 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 am having trouble controlling my tongue. I say unkind things without thinking. Please help me to be full of Your Holy Spirit so I think before I speak. Amen.

Dear God, I am having trouble controlling my hands/thoughts/feet. I do/think things that do not please You. Please help me to be full of Your Holy Spirit so I can honour You with my thoughts and actions. Amen.

Dear God, if I am upset and getting close to losing self-control, please remind me to ask for the help of your Holy Spirit. Amen.

Dear God, I have a problem with trying to solve problems using rough and hurtful actions instead of kind and gentle words. Please help me to remember to talk about problems rather than acting out towards others. Amen.

Dear God, when the devil comes prowling around trying to devour me, please remind me to pray and ask You to protect me and not to give in to his temptation. Amen.

Dear God, please forgive me for losing self-control. I know it does not please You. Please help me to be full of Your Holy Spirit so I can be self-controlled. 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 telling Jesus you appreciate knowing that He understands what it is like to be a kid and thank Him that He promises to share His Holy Spirit with you to help you be self-controlled.

Romans 8:26,37 | 2 Corinthians 12:9 | Hebrews 4:15-16

Heart search

Acknowledge where and how you lack self-control.

Proverbs 25:28 | Proverbs 29:11 | James 1:19


Thank God for ways you have been self-controlled.

Personal requests

Ask God to help you, your siblings and your parents to be self-controlled in your thoughts and actions.

Luke 11:11-13 | Galatians 5:22-23 | 2 Timothy 1:7