children love to pray. They pray
quite naturally, because God is
very real for them and very close
for them. But if they are to stay
praying as adults, prayer must
be a part of their home life from
their earliest years and not just
of school life.
the most essential part of teaching
religion to your children is to
teach them to pray. You will teach
them to pray not by telling them
to pray, not by scolding them
if they don't say their prayers.
You will teach them to pray more
by praying with them. Don't just
tell your children:
off to bed now and don't forget
to say your prayers."
say: "We will say our prayers
your young children. Pray with
your older children. Be seen praying
by your children. If prayer is
important to you it will be seen
as important by your children.
Parents who pray, homes that pray,
prepare a praying generation for
you parents will learn about praying
yourselves by praying with your
children. Little children are
very close to God. Didn't Our
Kingdom of Heaven belongs to little
will bring you also closer to
God. Children often understand
God better than grown-ups do.
Their ways of praying can teach
us all a lot about how to pray.