Planning a Year of Prayer

By Alison Zeller

Take a moment and think about the members of your church. Even if you don’t have a school or childcare center, there are probably a good number of children in your group. What if your church covered these children in prayer for the 2019–20 school year?

Of course, we all know the benefits of prayer. But dig a little deeper and you’ll find that praying for your ministry’s children can impact your entire congregation! 

  • Everyone can get involved! Teens can pray for babies. Grandpas can pray for teenagers. Single people can pray for college kids. There’s no limit when it comes to prayer!
  • When you have adults praying for children, you encourage multigenerational ministry. The old can learn a lot from the young, and vice versa!
  • Focusing on praying for children will help your entire congregation get to know one another better. Worshipers can share in each other’s joys and challenges.

Ready to get started planning your year of prayer? Here’s how:

Picture cards. Take a picture of every child (with parental permission) and use the pictures to create prayer note cards. Include the child’s name, birthdate, and a prayer need. Pass the note cards out to worshipers, asking them to pray regularly for the child.

Prayer Partners. Some may want to keep their prayers anonymous, but for those who are willing, invite adults and children to be prayer partners. Match up children with shut-ins, nursing-home residents, worshipers, and anyone who wants to pray. Help them exchange information (names, birthdates, prayer requests) and encourage them to pray for each other often.

Calendar. Provide a monthly prayer calendar for each worshiper. For each month, include the names of a few children and provide suggestions of ways to pray for those children.

Include the Family. Highlight a new family each week in your worship bulletin. Include a “getting to know you” article that identifies specific prayer needs.

Group Meetings. Churches love meetings, so take advantage of it! Divide up the names of the children in your church and ask each organization (the women’s group, the men’s Bible study, the elders, the Sunday school teachers, and so on) to pray for three or four children each time they meet.

Sunday Prayers. Just like your church prays for the sick or injured during your service, include a few children’s names each week.

Christmas List. At Christmastime, instead of having students write letters to Santa, have them write prayer-request letters to the church. Guide the children in listing things they are thankful for and asking members to pray for their specific needs. 

How do you incorporate prayer into your children’s ministry program?

 

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