Dezi, a young mom, told the story of how one morning her husband came into the kitchen and sat down next to their young son at the table. Her hubby told her his head was really hurting. Without saying anything, their little boy reached over, placed his hands on his dad's head, and began to pray out loud for him. She said they were both in tears as they realized what they had been practicing in their home was reaching their son's little spirit and heart and truly making a difference.
This story touched our hearts so much! It's proof that our children will learn how to pray for someone in need by observing and getting to practice in their own home.
Our home is the perfect and safe place for learning and practicing praying for someone. Prayer is a powerful tool we give our kids when we teach them to pray out loud.
Let me ask you a question. Would you like for your family to be ministering to each other and feel comfortable praying over others? If so, simply begin to do it. Set the example by praying out loud over meals, at bedtime, and anytime someone is hurting or is not well. Let your kids observe you doing it and then begin to give them opportunity.
Remember... you don't have to sound spiritual to pray out loud. In fact, it's important that you sound like you. If you sound different when you pray, using big spiritual words, your kids will internalize they can't be themselves when they talk to God. We must show them that talking to God is like talking to our best friend.
Our children will meet kids everyday who are hurting and in need of a loving touch and ministry. When we teach our kids how to pray and encourage someone in need, they will feel equipped when they run into someone needing ministry. It's a beautiful gift to give your child, the gift of ministry....something tangible and life-giving.
This is God's heart for your home.