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  1. Ahavah
    December 13, 2008

    >This is a nice article! I was disappointed when I went to my preacher and he said he had no resources on praying with children. I have winged it on my own, but I think my chaplain training helped me quite a bit. I love praying with my kids.

  2. Clippy Mat
    December 13, 2008

    >that’s lovely.
    and you make it so easy; which it is when you think about it.
    thank you.

  3. techworldtraveller
    December 13, 2008

    >Everynight we pray the Lord’s prayer (kinda the perfect prayer!) preceded by an improvised ACTS (adoration, confession, thanksgiving, supplication) prayer. Making sure we say “I love you God because you _”, “I’m sorry God for _”, “thank you God for _”, and “please help _” is a helpful model for the kinds of prayers we want our kids to hear. But my son still prays: “Dear God I pray for everyone in the whole wide world. Amen”

    • Jimmy
      May 17, 2013

      that’s a good start of learning a child to pray.

  4. Joanna J.
    December 16, 2008

    >Thank you for this great post. We are going to start using the five-finger model with our 4-yr-old!

  5. ZenMama
    January 2, 2009

    >I’ve been struggling so with how to “teach” my kids (ages 7 and 4) to pray at night, so it didn’t sound like a Santa wish list like you said. The 5 finger idea is great — I’m going to try it with them tonight. Shoot – it’s even a good reminder for me too!

    Zen Mama Wannabe

  6. Anonymous
    February 1, 2009

    >This is so wonderful! Thank you for helping me with my 7 year old Grandson. I am so excited about it myself .

  7. Lisa
    November 13, 2012

    “Help make Mommy pretty!” That cracked me up! Thanks for a good prayer template. As our daughter is 3, I’m looking for ways to make prayer real to her in ways she can understand, so looking forward to trying this out.
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  8. Tulisa
    May 29, 2013

    We are going to start using the five-finger model with our 4-yr-old!
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  9. Shamma
    August 23, 2013

    My friend sent me the link for this article as I was doing devotion with my little one and she was having a hard time verbalizing what was on her heart. She always says she cannot pray like me, but I am trying to get her to be comfortable and know that her prayers does not have to be like mine and it just simple honest conversation with God.

  10. Anonymous
    July 17, 2014

    I was taught A.C.T.S. “A” for Acknowledge; acknowledge Christ for who and what He is. “C” for Confess; as in confess your sins. “T” for Thanks-giving; where you gives thanks for all that the Lord as provided and done for you. “S” for Supplication; where you pray for others such as your family, friends, POTUS, and the Elders, I guess you could also pray for yourself as well. My public praying isn’t very strong or elegant but this little system has helped me especially when I have been asked or called on to pray. :-) !!!

  11. Heather
    March 19, 2012

    My 22yr old daughter has just returned ‘home’ permanently, 12000 miles away from me!
    I taught her to pray& believe in Jesus and did the best I could, failing miserably often!
    I too feel I could have done better. But they do take responsibility for themselves and God asks us to hold lightly so He can work through them.
    We sewed the seeds He and others must water.
    Trust God for your child who is leaving. What a privilege to have a great God to trust.

    I’ve just told God I’m still dissatisfied with my prayers and I’m sure He’s laughing.
    God is HERE. We can just talk to Him but I do love the 5finger method.
    And Sheila… God did it! You are pretty:)

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