Prayer is powerful, and each community needs to have someone praying for the young people in their church.
It is important to differentiate between prayer for the young peoples ministry, and prayer for the specific young people. I have found that often the former is much more widely prayed for than the latter. This little card is an easy way to ask specific adults to pray. In the example I have not put the child’s full name, it is designed to be filled as much as is needed and nothing more, the child’s name could be just a letter. Print the cards any size you wish, the back of the cards is a summery of the 8 steps if you wish to print it.
Those who receive a card are asked to use it to pray for a child for just one week, using the following 8 points as a guide. At the end of the week, if appropriate, the child can be informed that somebody from church was praying for them this week. The graphic to one side can be printed and placed on the noticeboard – for the prayer cards and the graphic please click on the images and a larger quality image will load.
Be specific about the child you are praying for. Bring the child to mind if you know them, or use whatever information the card gives. Lift this individual to God as his child and his servant in his kingdom.
Be age specific. Is this an exam year, is there anything in the local news that may effect them, etc. Below is a simple 4 word description of areas that may generate issues by age group, this is very general but may be useful as a starting place for some.
Feeding, Sleeping, Movement, Communication
Independence, Language, Instructions, Self Awareness
Cooperation, Separation anxiety, Defiance, Inter-dependence
Friendships, Exploration, Personality, Pre School
School, Acceptance, Awareness of future, Independent goals
Relationships, Responsibility, Puberty, Peer pressure
Body image, Academic results, Stress, Complex thought
Siblings deeply shape a child’s everyday life. Consider praying for issues surrounding fairness and sibling rivalry, the process of sharing, and the strength to support each other. For single children pray for issues surrounding friendships, autonomy, and demanding attention.
Pray for the parents. Pray for their lead in discovering God, their relationships, and their ability to provide for their children. Consider that for a child provision of love is arguably the most important.
Pray for their contact with church. the group they are part of – it’s group dynamic and the leaders who serve. Pray for the groups needs and how they may influence the child.
Pray for their strengths and passions Praise God for their gifting and ask him to open opportunities to use that gifting in the child’s life. Pray that they can receive the encouragement and necessary tools to develop their gifting.
Pray for the child’s weaknesses and struggles. Pray that God will be with them in the dark moments they may encounter. Pray for strength, reassurance and confidence to face what may be troubling them and peace for the end of their journey through the present trials they face.
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Can I please a copy of this for my kids at church. Thank you
Click on the image, and it loads as an image for you to save and print whatever size suits you best.
So is there a pdf or something of this to print out?
Click on the image and it loads as an image for you to save and print whatever size suits you best.
Gracias . bendiciones
thank you too!
I think that this is a really lovely resource to use with people who want to pray for the children in the churcj but don’t know where to begin. When I was a child my parents ran Sunday School camps where each group was led by a married couple (with their own young children if they had any), one or two junior leaders (teenagers) and eight or nine children. People in my home church would all take a list of names of people in one ‘camp family’ and pray for them in the run up to camp and during camp and sometimes until they got a new list the following year.
I love the idea of praying for a small group of kids throughout the year, I’ve done this after camp, I even wrote a letter every 2-3 months, and though I didn’t get replies I found it help remind me of the individuals and the needs I discovered they had at camp, as well as hold me accountable!
Suggestion: make a pdf copy of the cards and etc above for people to use when praying for kids.
I like it Shelley, 🙂
So here’s a question, why isn’t there a prayer for 8 years old? It’s 6-7 and then 9-11.
Ticia, you really made us smile! Thank you for pointing out the typo. It should have been 6-8 years -I’ve corrected it!
(and in the graphic too – though the old graphic may still float on pinterest for a bit, can’t change that sadly)
Awesome, thank you. My boys are 8, so it was very noticable to me. All 3 of my kids fit into the 6-8 category.