The Pray Station
by Captain Pamela Maynor, USA Eastern Territory
It's a place filled with unfinished homework, toys, clutter and stinky socks! But, is it possible for a child's bedroom to be converted into a 'prayer room'?
Captain Pamela Maynor, USA Eastern Territory
This simple idea is a way to help children pray in a place they feel comfortable. Familiar places in their bedroom can be converted into prayer stations by placing a simple prayer and corresponding Bible verse at each station. As children become familiar with the written prayers and Bible verses, spontaneous prayers will begin to flow from their lips. Their bedrooms could be where they connect with the Lord and hear God speak, as Samuel did.
Lord, please speak to me as I sleep tonight. You spoke to Joseph and Jacob through dreams - will you speak to me too? Help me to understand what they mean and what I should do with them. In Jesus' name, Amen.
'I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions' (Joel 2:28 NIV).
Lord, thank you that I have nothing to be afraid of. I know that you are with me right now. Your perfect love drives away my fear. In Jesus' name, I command all fear to leave! Amen.
'Where God's love is, there is no fear, because God's perfect love drives out fear' (1 John 4:18 New Century Version).
As I look at myself, I know that I am God's work of art. I am made in the image of God. Thank you for making me like you, Lord. In Jesus' name, Amen.
'For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do' (Ephesians 2:10 NIV).
Help me to wear clothes that honour you, Lord. When people see me, I want them to see you. In Jesus' name, Amen.
'Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honour God with your body' (1 Corinthians 6:19 NIV).
Thank you for my hairbrush that straightens up my hair each morning. I need you to straighten up my mind and my thoughts so that I will think about you today. In Jesus' name, Amen.
'Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable - if anything is excellent or praiseworthy - think about such things' (Philippians 4:8 NIV).
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As I listen to this music, I want to praise you today because ... (fill in thoughts of praise). In Jesus' name, Amen.
'From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise because of your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger' (Psalm 8:2 NIV).
There are so many people in the world who don't know about you, Lord. Please give me a chance to tell someone about you today. In Jesus' name, Amen.
'But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses' (Acts 1:8 NIV).
As I work hard today, let me remember that I am doing it all for you, Lord. In Jesus' name, Amen.
'Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men' (Colossians 3: 23 NIV).
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In all I say, in all I do and in all I think - help me to be an example for you. In Jesus' name, Amen.
'Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity' (1Timothy 4:12 NIV).
Is it possible for a small child to be a spiritual giant? Find 'Small Giants' by Captain Pamela Maynor at www.salvationarmy.org.