Prayer for youth and children

A Prayer for Our Children, Youth, Singles, and Married Couples

Scripture Reading:

I Chronicles 29:10-13, John 14:12-26

Reflections of the Heart:

It is the Lord’s good pleasure to bless us.  So, “may the Lord, the God of our ancestors, multiply us a thousand times more and bless us as He has promised!”  Deuteronomy 1:11 (NLT)

Scriptural Prayer:

What mighty praise belongs to You, O God, in Zion.  You are the hope of everyone on earth.  You formed the mountains by Your power and armed Yourself with mighty strength.  You quiet the raging oceans and silence the shouting of the nations.  Those who live at the ends of the earth stand in awe of Your wonders.  From where the sun rises to where it sets, You inspire shouts of joy!  Father, we thank You for the children, youth, singles and married couples of WVUMC.  Thank You for providing and protecting them.   We are thankful to You and we bless Your Name.  You are good, Lord and Your mercy is everlasting.  Your truth endures to all generations.

Father, we confess that our children and youth are a gift and reward from You.  Thank You for making them so wonderfully complex, Your workmanship is marvelous.  We declare that they will honor their fathers and mothers so that all will be well with them and they will live long lives on the earth.  Likewise, our singles will love You with all their hearts, souls, strength, and minds; they will love their neighbors as they love themselves.  We say that our singles will be happy and enjoy themselves.  They will eat and drink and enjoy the fruits of their labor, for these are gifts from You.  We confess that children, youth, singles and married couples will walk in the fruit of the Spirit and operate in love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.  We declare that our wives will submit to their own husbands and our husbands will love their wives just as Christ also love the Church.  Lord, we confess that our children, youth, singles and married couples will prosper and be in health even as their soul prospers.

Father, we pray that our children and youth will live prayerful, godly and holy lives.  Help our parents to model lives that are pleasing to You so that they can train them well.  Please keep our children and youth as the apple of Your eye and hide them under the shadow of Your wings.   Bless them in school and let Your favor surround them like a shield.  Holy Spirit, please help our singles and married couples to live with all godliness and contentment, which is great gain.  Encourage our singles as they gather together for fun, recreation and fellowship.  For those singles who desire a mate, help them to wait patiently on You.  Knit the hearts of our married couples closer together and give them courage to live Your Word in every facet of their marriage.  Father, please restore the broken places in those marriages that are struggling.  Increase Your love and security in those marriages that are doing well.  As iron sharpens iron, help our married couples to encourage and build each other up.  We ask You to bless all of our families at WVUMC.

Holy Spirit, show me how I can be a greater blessing to the members of my Church Family:

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Please forgive us for not always meeting the basic needs of our children and youth.  Forgive us for not hugging them, and being too busy to interact and play with them.  Forgive us where we have neglected to build up the self-esteem and self-worth of our youth.  Forgive those singles and married couples who are anxious and fretful.  Forgive them for not trusting You.  Lord, remind us of all to forgive others; and help us to be quick to forgive.

Lead us not into temptation; but, deliver us from the evil one.

Lord, Your Name alone is exalted.   Heaven is Your throne and earth is Your footstool.  Your hands have made both heaven and earth and everything in them are Yours.  You command the morning to appear and cause the dawn to rise in the east. You make daylight spread to the ends of the earth, to bring an end to the night’s wickedness.  The Lord God is Your Name!   In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture References for the written text:  Psalm 65:1,5-8, Psalm 127:3, Psalm 139:14, Ephesians 6:1-3, Mark 12:30-31, Ecclesiastes 3:12-13, Galatians 5:22-23, Ephesians 5:22,25, III John 2, Psalm 17:8, Psalm 91:4, Psalm 5:12, I Timothy 6:6, Hebrews 10:24-25, Proverb 27:17, Ephesians 5:21, Matthew 6:13, Isaiah 66:1,2, Job 38:12-13

Today, I will trust God to:

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Children’s Session
Prayer

Prayer Collage

In the week before this activity collect a variety of local newspapers.

Organize your class into twos and threes and give each group a different local newspaper. Have the groups look through the newspapers for stories of people they would like to pray for. It’s not hard to find people who have been victims of different crimes, are facing challenges, or would benefit from prayer in some way. Have them create a collage of newspaper stories, with short prayers for the people they want to pray for written on the collage.

Feelings Prayer Game

Game Board: feelings prayer game

Dots and Squares Prayer Game

You will need: A piece of paper, pens or pencils (each player should have a different colour)

Draw some dots in lines and columns on the paper The example below has 10 rows of 7 dots.

Dots and squares

Each player takes it in turns to draw a line between two of the dots.  Eventually, you will be able to close up boxes.  Whoever draws the line that closes the box can write or draw inside the box…

  • Someone’s name- ask God to bless them and help them
  • Something that you want to thank God for
  • Something you would like to ask God for

Take time to say the prayer out loud or in your head, then carry on!

The winner is the player who has filled the most boxes by the end of the game.

Worksheets

Directions
Prayer Maze
Prayer Wordsearch

Popcorn Challenge

To start off have the kids stand in two straight lines, facing each other. The kids will be paired up in teams of two. Once they’re in position hand one piece of popcorn to each team. Standing ten feet or so apart have the kids toss their piece of popcorn to their partner.

Now obviously they wont be able to catch it. So, when this happens tell them that they may take one small step toward their partner. Have them keep doing this until their partner catches the popcorn. Also, tell them that anyone who eats their popcorn piece loses.

“Our relationship with God is similar to the game we played. It’s really hard to hear God when you’re far away from him. How do we get closer to God?”

  • Read Our Bible
  • Pray
  • Go To Church
  • Praise and Worship God
  • Spend some time with God every day
  • Spend some time in silence
  • Slow down

Lord’s Prayer Sign Language

Teach the children the Lord’s Prayer using sign language. The signs used in this version of the Lord’s Prayer are derived from BSL.

Lords Prayer Sign Language

Prayer Tissue Paper Craft

PRAY Template

Download the template above and print onto black card. Carefully cut out all the areas that you want to color with your scissors or a craft knife and cutting mat. These are the areas that light will shine through when you make your stained glass out of tissue paper.

Turn the black paper over. Choose a color of tissue paper for each area you cut out. Cut the tissue paper just slightly larger than the hole.

Tape or glue your tissue paper shape over the appropriate hole in the black paper.  Try to pull the tissue fairly tight as you work on this step.

Repeat until you’ve covered all the holes in your black paper design with tissue paper. Turn the paper over and hang your craft where light can shine through.

Prayer Wheel

This craft will serve as a reminder and let the kids know they can pray at any time.

Prayer Wheel Template

  1. Print the template onto white card.
  2. Colour both circles and cut out.
  3. Make a small hole into the middle of the circles. Stick a metal brad through it. Open and bend the legs

Loom Bands Prayer

God and me
Choose two colours of bands – one colour to represent you and another to represent God: for example, purple for God and white for you.

 

Use the single-linked method to make a band with alternating colours (as shown above). Add the link to make a bracelet and wear it as a reminder that God is with you wherever we go – in front and behind as in the bracelet.

Praying for our friends and family

Choose three colours of band – one colour to represent you, one to represent your family and friends, and one for those who need God’s help.

 

Using the single-linked method make a band with alternating colours or with a block of each colour (as shown above). Add the link to make a bracelet and use it as a prayer bracelet – praying for each person/group as you move from colour to colour around the bracelet, or block of colour to block of colour.

Praying for the world

Choose three colours of band – one colour to represent you, one to represent your country and one to represent the world.

  

Using the single-linked method make a band with alternating colours or with a block of each colour (as shown above). Add the link to make a bracelet and use it as a prayer bracelet – praying for each person/group as you move from colour to colour around the bracelet, or block of colour to block of colour.

Review

The review can happen at the time or later – it can be done individually or with others.

Some useful questions to help volunteers consider and learn from the session include:

  • Has each child been able to participate in their own way?
  • What went well and why?
  • Has each child been able to reflect, even a little, on something about what prayer is for and given practical tools to help them engage in prayer in relevant ways?
  • What is there for you to learn from this session?
  • What might you do differently another time?

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Children and young people are a major part of the World Day of Prayer and Action for Children. The following resources are provided especially to help youth and children plan and organize World Day events. Join the global movement for children with your friends!

What is the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC)?

The Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) is an international treaty that recognizes the human rights of children. In this treaty, children are defined as persons up to 18 years of age. It establishes in international law that States Parties must ensure that all children—without discrimination in any form—benefit from special protection measures and assistance; have access to services such as education and health care; can develop their personalities, abilities and talents to the fullest potential; grow up in an environment of happiness, love and understanding; and are informed about and participate in achieving their rights in an accessible and active manner. (UNICEF)

Read the CRC in 60 Languages

Read the CRC in a Child Friendly Language (English)

What is the World Day of Prayer and Action for Children?

The Prayer and Actionfor Children is a movement of people all over the world who pray and take action for the well-being of children on Universal Children’s Day (20 November) every year. The World Day Secretariat in New York City connects the participants and assist with planning. All events are planned by local leaders, and are inspired by the United Nations Convention on the Rights with the aim to “Stop Violence Against Children.”

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Strategy on Child/ Youth Participation

We firmly believe that we need to work with children and young people through inclusive ways. Prayer and Action for Children hopes to empower children and young people in areas of learning about human rights and effort to ending violence.

Strategy on Child/ Youth Participation

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