Matter 3

 

Let children Pray!

 

 

It was my maternal grandmother who first taught me to pray when I was three years old in 1949. I still use in my prayer some of the words and phrases she put in my tiny mouth. A couple of years ago I was gathering a dozen children in our Colony daily in the evening " to catch them young!" It surprised me when I found that some of these children, though coming from Christian homes, did not know how to pray for basic needs. Here’s a compilation of the simple prayers I taught them. I urge parents and elders to encourage their children memorize these prayers. These will serve as starters for the children in the school of prayer to develop conversational relationship with God. Even the adult disciples of Christ had to be taught to pray (Lk 11:1-4).

 

1. Morning Prayer

 

Dear Father,

I thank You for the new day.

Thank You for the good sleep I had, and the protection.

Help me to please You in all things today.

Keep me from all evil.

Give me wisdom for my studies.

Bless my parents and friends.

In Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen!

 

2. Evening Prayer

 

Heavenly Father,

Thank You for keeping me safe today.

Thank You for the good food and the clothing.

Forgive me my sins.

I commit myself to You as I go to bed.

May Your angels guard over me tonight.

Be with my parents and all at home.

Give me sound sleep.

Help me wake up tomorrow morning with Your presence.

I love You.

In Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen!

 

3. Prayer for Studies

 

Dear Father,

I worship You because You are the source of all wisdom.

I need Your help.

Enable me to concentrate on my studies.

Give me good memory power.

I pray for my classmates also.

Bless me with good grades.

I commit my future to You.

Thank You Lord. In Jesus’ Name. Amen!

 

4. Prayer for Travel

 

Gracious Father,

Thank You for protecting us wherever we go.

We commit ourselves to You as we undertake this journey.

May Your angels guard over us.

Give us a happy time.

Help us make friends with the co-passengers and tell them about Jesus.

Grant us good health throughout this trip.

Bring us safe home.

In Jesus’ Name. Amen!

 

5. Prayer for the Nation

 

O God of Heaven and Earth,

We worship You because all authority belongs to You.

We come to You to seek Your blessing on our Nation.

Forgive us our sins and heal our country.

Give us godly and selfless leaders.

May the light of the Gospel enter every village, town and city.

Protect our Nation from wars and calamities.

Let our country be known as a ‘blessed’ Nation.

In Jesus’ Name. Amen!

 

6. Mealtime Prayer

 

Thank You for the world so sweet;

Thank You for the food we eat;

Thank You for the birds that sing;

Thank You, Lord, for everything. Amen!

(This is a chorus sung worldwide.)

 

7. Prayer for Missionaries

 

Dear Lord of the Harvest,

Thank You for the Gospel of Jesus Christ for the salvation of mankind.

Thank You for the missionaries who first brought the Good News to our place.

We pray for those who have not yet heard the Gospel.

Give power and wisdom to the missionaries who carry the Gospel to them.

Grant them boldness to preach.

Let signs and wonders follow their ministry.

Bless the missionaries’ children.

Help me to pray for them regularly.

In Jesus’ Name. Amen!

 

8. Prayer before going to Church

 

Dear God,

Thank You for choosing us to be Your children and making us members of Your Church.

We thank You for our pastor and the members of our Church.

Enable us to worship You freely today.

Give us a good time of fellowship with one another.

Speak to me personally through the sermon.

Help me to obey You.

Bless our pastor and his family.

May our Church grow daily.

Let our Church be a living testimony to Your Name.

In Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen!

 

9. Prayer for the Sick

 

God our Heavenly Father,

We worship You as Jehovah-Rapha.

Thank You for Jesus who carried not only our sins but also our sicknesses on the Cross.

We pray for those who are sick, especially in our family and circle of friends.

Touch them by Your miracle power and heal them.

Relieve them of their pain and suffering.

Help me to thank You always for the good health I enjoy.

Thank You for Your loving kindness and mercies.

I bless You with all my heart.

In Jesus’ Name. Amen!

 

10. Prayer for the Poor

 

O God of the Poor,

I worship You for Your love and compassion for the poor and the needy.

There is no one like You in caring for the poor.

Give me a heart to understand the plight of the poor.

Grant me open hands to give liberally to the poor.

Deliver the poor from the cruelty of rich people.

I thank You for the good food, clothing and shelter I enjoy.

I pray for the beggars, the lepers, the lame and the street-dwellers.

Give them their daily bread.

Your mercies endure forever. Amen!