We have been using Listening Prayer with the children at Explore for many years. Children hear the Lord easier than anyone else. It’s normal. Children who can’t hear the Lord anymore (yes, anymore) have usually been inadvertently shut down by an adult.
Many parents are used to walking their children through some standard prayers at bedtime. It’s not difficult to convert these rituals into three-way prayers between you, your child and Jesus. You can ask the question, the Lord can provide an answer to your child, and your child can report it back to you. This format can become a natural pattern for family prayer. Here are some starter questions you might try:
- Jesus, is there anything today that we could thank You for? Why?
- Is there anything that we need to say sorry for? Do you forgive me?
- Is there anyone you would like us to pray for? How? [Family, friend and missionary photo albums are great for this. So are atlases or missions handbooks that give children a world vision].
- Are there any burdens we are carrying we are carrying that you want to take from us? If so, ask Jesus where the burden came from, what it is, and if he would please remove it.
- Jesus, do you have any promises or blessings for me before I go to sleep?
- Jesus, what was the best part of your day? What made you happy?