“Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6.
That verse is not a promise, it’s a proverb, a general truth and one that encourages me as a mom to teach my kids the things of the Lord. It is never to early to teach your kids to pray!
We’ve been using the prayer jar for a year and a half now and it has been such a great tool to teach Big Sis to pray for others. Each night, after her bath, we read a kid’s devotional book and then she picks someone out of her prayer jar to pray for. This has sort of become a game as she gives us hints and makes us guess who we are praying for that night. After we guess it we pray for the person that we picked out of the jar. It’s something we all look forward to every night.
It’s so easy to make your own prayer jar and to implement it into your home. Here’s what you’ll need:
- A container (For our first prayer jar we used a soup can but it does have sharp edges so make sure to put tape on the edges. We obviously used a cashew “can” which has no sharp edges. Look around your house and see what you might have)
- Decorative paper to go around your can
- Any embellishments you might want. (mine aren’t pictured but you’ll see them in a bit)
- Glue (any glue will due but if you’re doing this yourself, hot glue works wonders and makes the project sooo fast)
- popsicle sticks
- fine tip permanent marker or black pen
- pictures (more on that below)
What you’ll do:
First you’ll want to gather your pictures. When I made our first prayer jar I went through my pictures and printed any pictures I had on hand, just as they were. This resulted in G-Pa’s head being gigantic and Grammy’s head being so tiny. This time around I used Photoshop to crop the pics and brought them into a new 6×4 document so that the heads would be around the same size. If you don’t have photoshop you could do the same in Microsoft Word or Pages. If you aren’t worried about having all different head sizes then skip this part.
Hint: If you want to get your pics for free, try signing up for an online photo site that you haven’t used before. I got mine printed at CVS. I created a new account and got 10 photos free. So I uploaded them and they were ready to pick up within an hour.
Now that you have your pictures, you need to cut them out and glue them onto the popsicle sticks.
Now you’re ready to write names on them. I started writing the names in fancy type but then realized that Big Sis is the one who will be reading them so I went back to the printing them so that she would be able to read them herself.
And now you just need to put the sticks in the jar. We put our sticks upside down because Big Sis was taking forever to choose who she was going to pray for. If they’re upside down it’s a fun surprise and it speeds along the process.
Lastly, when we finish we put the stick into an empty basket. When the jar is empty we put everyone back in the jar and start over again.
And there you have it…the prayer jar! Do you have other ways you teach your kids to pray? I’d love for you to share them!