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Starting a Kids Prayer Ministry

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Starting a Kids Prayer Ministry

To have a successful kids prayer ministry, it’s vital to understand the purpose of the ministry and how it can impact the child, the family, the church, and the world.

“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it” (Proverbs 22:6 KJV).


The Purpose of a Kids Prayer Ministry

Before starting a kids prayer ministry you need to have a good understanding of why it’s important.

God told us,“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it” (Proverbs 22:6).
Just as we show our children how to tie their shoes, ride a bike, or speak with manners and then make them practice it until they are proficient at it, we must also train our children to pray.

The word “train” is defined as: “    to teach a particular skill or type of behavior through practice and instruction over a period of time.”

The role of a teacher in kids prayer

  • is to train a child to pray, not to just tell them to, show them, or teach the concept. When we train, we are activelygetting them to do the praying themselves
  • To teach kingdom praying that are biblically based. Kids must learn to pray for more than just their boo-boos or their wants. We are told in God’s Word, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God…We do this by training them to pray for nations, governments, orphans of the world, war situations, natural disasters, leaders, famines, and much more. We do not neglect praying for their needs, however, we do not make that the only focus when training them to pray.

The most important thing in kids prayer however, isn’t even in praying kingdom prayers, building faith, or powerfully praying miracles into existence… the most important thing in teaching kids to pray is training them to develop a personal relationship with God.Prayer isn’t just about lists, and getting our wishes granted, or healings or miracles, it’s also about getting to know God in a deep way and experiencing for ourselves who He is in our lives.

 

How to Start a Kids Prayer Ministry

Pray and learn yourself.

  • If you are going to start a kids prayer ministry then first look at yourself and review if you are praying personally. It will be hard for you to train children in prayer if you are not sensitive to the voice and leading of the Lord.
  • (Please review John Maxwell’s “Law of the Lid” concept). Commit to prayer. If you do not already pray consistently, then commit to start praying that way. Good teachers first learn and then they keep striving to learn more as they teach and train. Don’t ever assume that you know everything. Ask God to teach you His ways and methods; seek His wisdom, no matter how old you are or how long you’ve been a Christian or teacher.

Pray to see if it’s God will for you to start one. Sometimes we see a need and automatically want to fill it.  Pray if starting this group is God’s will for YOU, and if it’s not, then pray that God will burden the right person with the desire.

Take it to your pastor. Without your pastor’s approval you cannot have a ministry in the local church. Explain to him your desire to have a kids prayer ministry and how it will benefit the church and him as the pastor.

Pray about it again.

  • Pray it into existence; do not plan it into existence.
  • Pray for God to identity prayer helpers/leaders.
  • Pray for pray-ers. Pray for wisdom and direction.
  • Kids prayer is not a matter of just teaching a lesson and going home – it’s a full-fledge mentorship program that requires time, planning and more time spent with these kids actively training them to pray.

Few things to consider when thinking of leaders/helpers:

  • Always have at least two adults present.This provides protection or in the event anything derogatory is said from a child about a teacher or another student.
  • Consider running background checks on any helper involved. In some churches, this is required of any person involved in children’s ministry, especially for insurance purposes. Although the church in general knows that people can be forgiven by God for wrong things they have done in the past, court systems and parents of children are not as forgiving.
  • When choosing leaders have people that complement each other. For example, consider who is good at administration, creativity, planning, etc. Don’t try to do everything yourself. Let your staff do what they are good at and work together as a team.

Come up with a training plan. Write down the ideas for meetings, lessons, and events that God gives you or that you see listed in any of this material. There are basic fundamentals listed in the 7 Essentials of Kids Prayerthat should be taught in any kids prayer ministry. Pray about what God would have you teach the kids and then find resources or create them to use in your teaching time. You may wish to come up with monthly themes or projects to help guide your plan.  Tap into what the church is doing.

Evaluate your ministry.Occasionally we need to sit back and look at what we are doing and see how successful it is. No one does everything perfect every time. There is always room to grow, to adjust, to fix, to change, and then to reevaluate again.  If you truly are burdened with your ministry then you will be willing to change whatever you need to change to make it better, even if it means stopping a “cool” program or method you are using, or if it means you need to pray more or spend more time preparing.

So how do we evaluate? Here are some suggestions:

  • Video tape or record yourself and your kids ministry or kids prayer time. Watch it later.
    • how do the the children react?
    • Are they bored?
    • Are they participating?
    • Do they understand what you are talking about?
  • Have someone who has never been in your prayer time join you and do the same things as above. Get their opinion on what they thought and felt. Some of them may not understand your program so you may need to explain it before they come in the class.
  • Review who is staying involved. Ask the children their opinion and what they like and dislike about your prayer session.

Promote it. Once you have approval from your pastor, start promoting your ministry in your church and community. You won’t have great success if you can’t get the parents to buy into the vision and bring their kids. Promote it before it starts, when it starts, and routinely after it’s started. Let people know what you are doing and how the kids are progressing. Keep your church and children excited! Share your praise reports and always look for ways to integrate kids prayer into other ministries if possible.

Possible methods of promotion include but are not limited to:

  • Church bulletin.
  • Have your kids pray in church for others during pray request times.
  • Have your kids help lead prayer before service.
  • Have your kids pray during various church ministry meetings.
  • Use video clips, photos and media to promote what you are doing.
  • Update your church website with your news and meetings.

 

Contact us for more resources on how to start and run your own kids prayer ministry.

Colleen Clabaugh
Kids & Youth Prayer Coordinator

Starting a Kids Prayer Ministry 2018-06-10T16:55:37+00:00

Hands On: Do’s and Don’ts for Kids

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Hands On: Do’s and Don’ts for Kids

We firmly believe that Holy Ghost filled children are empowered to lay hands on people to pray for them, just as you and I are. We typically teach them to pray for five different areas of needs:
1) Healing, 2) Anointing, 3) Needs, 4) Deliverance and 5) Salvation

  1. How do we pray for others? By putting our hand on the person.  We recommend touching them on the back, shoulder, arm or hand. If appropriate, the child may lay their hand on the area of pain if a person is struggling with pain.  As a child, they can pray for anyone.  As they get into their late teens and adulthood, we typically find it better for males to pray for males and females to pray for females.
  2. If the person is not physically present, a prayer cloth can be prayed over to send to them. For children, we use a prayer cloth that is a kid–friendly print or a Band-Aid.
  3. Pray using the L.A.B.B. Method. (See below)
  4. Lay your hand on them gently. Do not push on the person or move your hands around repeatedly. Gently place your hand on them and keep it still.
  5. Pray in the Name of Jesus.
  6. Pray the Word.
  7. Don’t get right in someone’s face.
  8. Don’t yell in the ears of those you are praying with.

L.A.B.B. Praying
(Listen, Ask, Build Faith, Be Bold)

The fact is, when children receive the Holy Ghost, they do not get a junior version.So if you and I can lay hands on people and they can be healed, then children can do the same. A tried and true method for teaching children to pray for someone is the LABB method.

 Step One: LISTEN

There are three ways to listen for an opportunity to pray for someone’s healing:

  1. by someone asking to be prayed for (a child has to listen/pay attention)
  2. by overhearing someone speak of a need for healing (hearing someone tell a friend about his/her ailment)
  3. by listening to the Holy Spirit as it leads (perhaps an impression or feeling that someone needs prayer).

Step Two: ASK

Teach children to always ask for permission before praying for anyone.

If they have been asked to pray for someone’s healing, they may need to ask exactly what to pray for (back pain, cancer, blind eyes, etc.).

They need to know what to specifically pray for.  They don’t want to pray for someone’s toe when it’s their back that hurts.

Ask, “Is it okay to pray for you”?  Then ask, “What exactly do you want me to pray for?”

Step Three: BUILD FAITH

This step is very important because it is the foundation of receiving the healing.

How do you build faith?

By relating a short testimony of how Jesus has answered a prayer for them or for someone they know or by quoting a scripture about healing.

Examples:
“I know God can heal because I was sick one time and He healed me instantly”.
“I know God can heal because God healed my friend when they were sick”.
“I know God can heal because the Bible says he took stripes so we could have healing”.

After they have built faith, encourage children to ask this simple question: “Do you believe that when I pray for you, Jesus will hear me and heal you”?

If they are answered with a bold “YES”, then they should proceed with praying. If not, they are to continue to build faith until they feel led by the Holy Spirit to begin praying.

It’s not a bad idea to confirm this by asking the question again.

Step Four: BE BOLD

Bold praying does not necessarily equal loud praying. Bold praying is confident praying done in Jesus’ Name, using the word “NOW!”  This is a point in prayer where people are to take authority over the ailment or situation causing pain. Doing this generates expectancy. Rather than praying for someone later, or “hoping God will help” the person at some point, using NOW in the prayer shifts expectancy into the present When they are done, have them ask “Is your pain gone” or “do you feel the Lord has touched your body”?  If they answer “no”, pray again.  (Jesus did)

Review:

L – Listen
A – Ask
B – Build Faith
B – Be Bold

Contact us for our Hands-On Prayer curriculum and prayer helps to assist you in training your children in these areas.

World Network of Prayer

Hands On: Do’s and Don’ts for Kids 2018-06-10T17:24:39+00:00

Children and Prayer

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Children and Prayer

“It is easier to train a child than repair an adult.” 



So often we as adults have been programmed to pray very selfishly and with a narrow vision. It is easy to pray for those we know. We should do this. However, our vision must reach beyond our own local needs and the boundaries of our own country. We must learn to pray big prayers for big situations. We must learn to pray for the entire world, not just our little corner of it. We must learn to pray for nations, for governments, for principalities and powers that rule and reign in many places. We must learn to pray for people we will probably never meet. We must learn to love the world through the eyes of Calvary.

What better way to begin this re-programming of our prayer concepts than to teach these principles to the next generation? If we teach our children to pray for the world, for nations, for governments, for world disasters, etc., then they will automatically have a world vision as they grow into adulthood. When they become adults, they will already know how to pray “world prayers.” Of course, God cares about all of their little bumps and problems, but children can easily learn to have faith that will move beyond their own little world to pray for God to work in big situations.

We as parents, teachers, and leaders must take advantage of the simplicity of children and train them to reach beyond themselves. The simple faith they possess is all that is needed for miracles to happen as a result of their prayers.

Let us not allow our children to become trapped in a selfish and narrow vision. Let us strive together to see future generations trained and established in the type of praying that will truly reach our world for Jesus. We can see it happen if put forth a concerted effort to teach our children to pray with a world vision.

Jerolyn Kelley
Missionary
United Kingdom/Ireland/Channel Islands

Children and Prayer 2018-06-10T16:23:52+00:00

Ways to Incorporate Prayer into the Worship Service

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Ways to Incorporate Prayer into the Worship Service

Most pastors and churches desire to incorporate more prayer in their church service but often run out of ideas of where else to include it. Prayer should be more than just at the end of a sermon. Following are some creative and exciting ways to make more room for prayer in the your services:

  • Preach a sermon series on different aspects of prayer.
  • Announce from the pulpit upcoming prayer meetings. Get people excited about the power of prayer and the benefits of praying in agreement together.
  • Invite children to pray over the adults during the service.
  • Encourage people to give testimonies to answered prayer in corporate services.
  • Hold a special missions service and have prayer for the missionaries and missions works that the church supports. You can have people dress up to mimic the dress of the nations you support, sing songs or pray prayers in that nation’s language, and have special prayer focus’ for the leaders and needs in that country.
  • Many worship songs in actuality are prayers. As you bring this to the congregation’s attention, encourage them to direct their song as words of adoration or petition to the Lord.
  • Between verses of a hymn or worship chorus, invite the congregation to pray in small groups, focusing on the lyrics they have just sung.
  • Set aside times during worship for individuals to come forward to offer a prayer inspired by a worship song.
  • Invite parents and children to pray together at the altar during worship or during the altar service. Be sensitive to those without a family in the church. Find ways to include them.
  • Spend a series of Sundays praying for various church ministries. For example: “This morning, as our Sunday school teachers and workers stand among us, we will pray for them and the people they serve.”
  • Ask the congregation to respond with prayer to the sermon.
  • Ask the congregation to stand and form prayer partners to pray for the pastor before he speaks, for each other, or any other prayer focus needed that day.
  • Invite people who have a special need to raise their hands and ask members of the congregation to gather around them and pray.
  • Each week guide the congregation in a prayer for a different pastor and church in the community, or for a local community ministry, business, or government building.
  • Have a special prayer service/focus for the children and youth of the church, and their ministry leaders.
  • Introduce a variety of prayer resources. Show a prayer-theme video in the worship service, introduce a new book on prayer, or highlight a worship and prayer song.
Ways to Incorporate Prayer into the Worship Service 2018-05-24T12:25:29+00:00