Presentation on theme: "Teaching Our Children To Pray"— Presentation transcript:
1 Teaching Our Children To Pray Deborah Harris, PhD ( )
2 Typical Beliefs Prayer must be done at least 3 times a day Prayer must be done on your kneesPrayer is one-way communication with you doing all of the talking and God doing all of the listeningPrayer is how you ask God for what you wantPrayer is a rituralPrayer is an art where you master a specific way to pray (Adoration Confession Thanksgiving Supplication)
3 COMPLIMENTS OF SATANWarped understanding of prayer
4 Warped Understanding Leads To Unrealistic expectationsPrayer becomes a tool to accomplish personal goalsDisappointment, frustration and angerEmpty unfilled prayer lifeDistance from GodYou Get Stuck!
5 Understanding the Essence of Prayer Communion with GodHumbly opening one’s heart to GodBuilding a relationship with GodKnowing GodSurrender to God’s willNatural, spontaneous expression of our feelingsCommunication (expressive and receptive)
6 Types of Prayers Personal Prayer (Hannah - 1 Sam. 1) Prayer of Deliverance (Jonah 2)Elijah’s prayer about the greatness of God (1 Kings 18)Daniel’s intercessory prayer (Dan. 9)Prayer of Commitment by Jesus (Matt. 26)Prayer of Unity by Jesus (John 17)Zdravko Stefanovic, Walla Walla College
7 Whether or not we accept What Really Matters?Whether or not we acceptHis will in our lives.“Don’t try to change God’s mind or His plans for us or those for whom we pray. Rather, seek to be changed and be conformed to His will in our life.”Stefanovic (2002)
8 When we open our hearts for His will in our life it also opens our hearts to all who interact with us.
9 The Power of PrayerThere is great strength and blessing in praying together in our families with and for our children (Child Guidance, 525)Even the babe in its mother’s arms may dwell as under the shadow of the Almighty through the faith of the praying mother (Desire of Ages, 512)Many children have been saved by a mother’s prayer. (Testimonies for the Church (Vol 2, 274, 275)
10 What Is Prayer?Prayer is the breath of the soul. It is the secret of spiritual power. No other means of grace can be substituted, and the health of the soul be preserved. Prayer brings the heart into immediate contact with the well-spring of life…”Gospel Workers, pp 254, 255)
11 But We Often Neglect The Importance of Praying Without Ceasing Why?Because they are a gift of God.Because their whole life is before themSo they might be savedSo they grow and serve the LordSo they may have a hedge of protection around themBecause you love themBut We Often Neglect The Importance of Praying Without Ceasing
14 Why We Must Intercede for Our Children? Roaring Lion (1 Peter 5:8)Last Day Events (2 Tim. 3:2)It Works! (Bible Stories, Jesus,)The effectual fervent prayer of a righteousman availeth much (James 5:13-16)
15 Intercessory PrayerNever a human invention. It comes from the heart of GodIt is selflessGod is searching for intercessors, someone who would stand in the gap on behalf of the land, but He found no one. (Ezekiel 22:30)Jesus is the great intercessor.
16 Intercessory Prayer Jesus intercedes for us all of the time Unbroken communion with His FatherJohn 17 - Prayed for self - His disciples - OthersPrayed for Simon PeterLuke 22:31Prayed for those who crucified HimLuke 23:34Prays for usRomans 8:26
17 What Changes? RELATIONSHIPS Our perception of others Our acceptance of othersOur status among othersOur patience with othersOur understanding of GodRELATIONSHIPS
18 Stop telling God about your mountains. Start telling your mountains about your God!
19 Now let’s teach our children Understand how they learnBegin with obviousEnd with the not so obvious
20 What The Brain Seeks….PatternsMeaningNoveltyQuestions
21 What The Brain Seeks…. Community Security Active Participation Feedback/re cognition
31 He that observeth the wind shall not sow; and he that regardeth the clouds shall not reap. As thou knowest not what is the way of the spirit, nor how the bones do grow in the womb of her that is with child: even so thou knowest not the works of God who maketh all.Ecclesiastes 11:4,5Bigger Than Me(Military, Developers, Disney)