You may recall that I posted a few weeks ago about how we were planning to use the GodVenture prayer cards throughout Lent. We have really enjoyed getting creative with our prayers over the last few weeks and it has been a really great experience. Throughout Lent we have used sweets, play doh, dried pasta, fridge magnets and candles as part of our prayers – the list could go on and on! Another favourite that has been repeated numerous times is coming up with our own verses for the song ‘Thank you, Lord, for this fine day.’ One of the things I really like about the GodVenture prayer cards is that they include prayer ideas for saying thank you, sorry and please as well as just general chatting with God. I would wholeheartedly recommend them to anyone who wants to think of new and creative ways of praying with their children. I have also used the GodVenture ideas with my 5-8 year old’s Sunday school group and they went down really well with them as well.
Alongside the GodVenture prayer cards, our March edition of the Treasure Box People’s resource was linked to the Lord’s prayer. This included a prayer dice which the boys have really enjoyed using, as well as a balloon with the Earth painted on which we have been able to use to support our praying for people we know in other parts of the world. It’s been great to have this to reinforce some of what we were doing through the GodVenture cards.
I am very conscious that the prayers our children hear us praying for them can have a profound effect. One of the things that struck me when I read Praying Circles Around Your Children earlier this year was that my children don’t often hear me praying Bible verses over them. I therefore loved the Everyday Prayers posters that CPO sell. I saw these at the Children’s and Family Ministry Conference and bought one which I have put up in the boys’ room. It lists a different Bible verse for each day of the month and each night I pray the Bible verse for that day over the boys. This has led to some great discussion about some of the verses and what they mean.
The last few weeks have been great as the boys and I have tried to immerse ourselves more in prayer together. We will definitely be continuing to use the ideas in the coming weeks and months.