Prayer is a way of communicating with God. It is a way to express our gratitude, ask for guidance, and share our sorrows and joys. How can we make our daughter develop the habit and love for praying?
Prayer allows us to experience God’s love and grace, which can be comforting and uplifting.
Praying with your daughter helps her develop a relationship with God. It also teaches her how to pray on her own when she needs guidance or consolation.
Ways to Make Your Daughter Love Praying
Here are some ideas for making prayer a part of your daughter’s everyday life:
1. Start Praying Together as Soon as Possible
When your baby girl is still in the womb, pray for her daily. Pray that she will be healthy and wise in all things and that she will know Jesus as Lord and Savior before she exits this world. The Bible says, “train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old, they will not depart from it” – Proverbs 22:6
2. Pray With Her When She Needs It Most.
When you see that your daughter is struggling with something, don’t hesitate to pray over her situation with her.
You don’t need to wait until she asks for prayer – just ask if it’s okay if you say a few words over what’s happening right now or what happened yesterday or last week or whatever.
You can even pray without words sometimes – just hold hands, close your eyes, bow your heads together or put an arm around each other and pray in your heart.
3. Make Her Understand the Meaning of Prayer
Help your daughter understand that prayer is not limited only to asking God for things we want — like toys or ice cream — but also includes asking Him for things we don’t want — such as suffering or sicknessReasons Why Pregnant Women Need to Pray for Their Unborn ChildReasons Why Pregnant Women Need to Pray for Their Unborn Child (James 5:13).
This makes it easier to accept His will since He knows what is best for us and loves us more than we can ever imagine!
4. Tell Her Stories
Tell stories about how the Lord has helped others who prayed. For example, you might tell her about how you prayed for something and how God answered your prayers in a special way. (Luke 18: 1-6, Matt 7: 7-12)
Or maybe she had a friend who was sick and they prayed together for his recovery.
5. Make Time for Prayer Together
Find quiet time together when neither of you are rushed or busy. You could read the Bible together, talk about what you need from God, or simply sit quietly together in silence.
Ask your daughter what she would like to say to God before starting prayer time. Then pray together out loud or silently as each person feels most comfortable doing so. This can be done daily, weekly, or as needed depending on your schedule and needs at that time.
6. Start Small
If your daughter is young (or even if she isn’t), start by having her say one word of thanks before eating a meal or two words of praise after finishing one — then gradually increase the length of these types of prayers until they become full-length conversations.
You could pray with her each night before bed. Encourage her to speak as you pray.
7. Have Fun With It
Prayer doesn’t have to be serious all the time — sometimes, you can pray by asking God what He would like you both to do or eat for dinner!
Tell her she can ask God for simple things like; what color He would like the paint your room or she can just tell God about her day.
It’s important that kids understand that prayer isn’t just about times of crisis but also about everything else in life.
8. Encourage Your Daughter’s Questions About Religion and Spirituality
Make sure that you answer her questions honestly and openly without making assumptions about what she thinks or believes based on her age or interests (e.g., “What happens when we die?”).
Give her room for exploration and discovery instead of trying to convince her of anything specific at this point.
The Bottom Line
You can make your daughter love praying. Praying with your daughter is an important way to build a strong faith in her life. It’s also a great way to show your daughter how much God loves her and wants to spend time with her!