Let the little children come to me….

A pet peeve of mine is teaching children “memorized” prayers. I want children to learn that their faith is a personal faith and so we have encouraged our daughters, since they began to talk, to formulate their own prayers to God. At the close of our family devotional time each evening we let the girls each pray. Grace has been a pretty avid prayer since she was 2 and a half or 3. She loves to pray and she can pray some amazing prayers at times. Kessed, however, has just recently decided that she needed to begin praying. She listens to her big sister a lot and often copies her, but she is also beginning to develop her own personal ability to converse with God. It’s pretty amazing to watch.

Tonight after she prayed, we thought it was so cute that we had to get it on video for the sake of archiving it. We asked her to pray again once the camera was rolling. She obliged (which is definitely not a guarantee when you’re talking about Kessed) and I love the video. I’ve posted it below.

In case you don’t speak Kessedese and need a translation, she says: “Jesus thank you for today. Help us. In Jesus Name, amen.” I love watching my girls begin to grow in their faith.

Micah is a husband to Tracy & a daddy to Grace, Kessed & Haddon. He’s Senior Pastor at Brainerd Baptist Church in Chattanooga, TN. Most of all, he’s a debtor to grace.

6 thoughts on “Let the little children come to me….

  1. John-

    I don’t disagree with you, but for me I would prefer to teach my children to personally relate to God and have them memorize scripture. It seems to me that scripture memory is the more effective, and biblical, way to refute the temptation to sin.

    That being said, I do see the value in catechisms.

  2. I have my oldest try to pray with us when we eat together…but I’ve sometimes wondered about the theological aspect of having an unregenerate person pray. Are we just teaching them so they’ll know later?

    What do you think?

  3. I’ve wondered about Charlie Kelly’s question as well. What do you tell a new young Christian about the differences between their prayers now and before they were saved?

    My former spouse, whom I believe is not a Christian, says she believes she has always had a relationship with God and been able to talk with God, and just went through the motions of walking down an aisle and saying a prayer because that was what everyone expected her to do.

  4. Charlie & Dennis-

    I believe as parents one of our responsibilities is to model for our children a vibrant relationship with Christ and then to lead them as they learn to walk with Christ. Part of that responsibility is to teach them what it means to live a life that honors Christ.

    This is particularly important, I think, when children are young and eager to learn. If we fail to allow them to begin to work out their faith at an early age I think there may be a higher probability that they will turn from the faith.

    I think this would probably be one of those areas, however, that requires prayer on your part and conviction regarding how to raise your children.

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