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How to Teach Your Child to Pray

We’re talking today about Hannah from the book of Samuel. She knew how to pray, and she taught her son how to pray. That’s what we, as Christian moms, want to do.

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I don’t want you to leave prayer time feeling frustrated or unaccomplished. If you come to your prayer time with a plan, though, it will be easier to make it a habit of joy.

Be Consistent

In 1 Samuel 1:3 it says that year after year Hannah and her family went to worship and sacrifice.

For years, Hannah went to the temple to pray for a child without seeing results. Sometimes we pray quick prayers and expect God to move right away, but His will can take time.

Have a no excuses mind set when it comes to prayer. Pray even when it doesn’t work out how you want it to.

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During Hannah’s time, the temple leadership was ungodly. Eli and his sons were sinning and falling short. We can see from Hannah’s example that we should serve God even if our church is falling short.

We have to be consistent even if our church leaders aren’t.

Show your kids consistency. Let them see you praying and attending church consistently. Your actions will speak volumes to them.

Have a Plan

1 Samuel 1:10, “In her deep anguish, Hannah prayed to the Lord…” Hannah knew what she was there to pray for.

Help your kids develop a prayer plan. Try writing out a plan of what you will pray for. You can give them a different prayer topic for each day of the week.

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Try having your kids write their prayers down. That way, they can look back at their prayers and see how God has worked in that area of their life.

Pray Boldly & With Expectation

In 1 Samuel, Hannah asks God to give her a son. She boldly told God her request.

I’ve heard it said, “If you pray for rain, don’t forget to bring your umbrella.”

We need to prepare like we are expecting God to answer our prayers. Hannah had a plan for when God answered her prayer because she expected Him to answer her.

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Hannah planned to give her son back to the Lord. That must have been difficult, but obedience is not optional. God put it on her heart to give her son to Him, and she followed through.

Practice Hearing God’s Voice

You might think that when you hear God, you’ll know automatically, but that isn’t always true. We have to practice listening to God.

In 1 Samuel 3:4-10, Samuel heard God’s voice three times and ran to Eli in obedience. On the third time, Eli told Samuel that if he heard the voice again, he should say, “Speak Lord, I am listening.”

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When I read this story several years ago, I felt like I needed to teach my children to hear God’s voice. We went to the store and bought them prayer journals. At the top of every page, they write, “Speak Lord, I am listening.”

Then I had them sit quietly and listen for God’s voice. It was awkward at first, and God didn’t say something every time. Yet, after some time, it got easier. One time, my son felt like God simply said, “I love you.”

One time, my son said, “I can’t hear God because I keep thinking about my friend.” I told him that maybe God wanted Him to pray for that friend. He wrote the friends name in his prayer journal and prayed for him.

Later, we learned that the friend he felt like he was supposed to pray for was going through a rough time. This reinforced in my son’s mind that God does speak to him.

We need to teach our children that prayer matters. When we practice hearing God’s voice, He will speak to us.

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