Lots of practical creative prayer ideas for children

What is prayer? Praying is more than folding your hands and closing your eyes. It's about communicating with our Father in heaven. How can we help children (but also teenagers and adults) to communicate with God in a deep and meaningful way?

Here on the site we  offer you lots of interactive, practical, cool, fun and thought provoking creative prayer ideas for you to use.    

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203. Idea for creative prayer room - the Heart of Ice

Introduction:
Did you know that you can use the heart of ice as a creative prayer idea for a 24/7 prayer room?
I will show you how below.

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Themes:
Creative prayer, 24/7 prayer room, praying for the world

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197. Praying with a needle and a thread - The Rich Young Ruler

Introduction:
This is a series of ten ideas about the Bible story of the encounter between Jesus and the rich young ruler that you can use. These ideas come from Martine Versteeg from www.kliederkerk.nl (the Dutch version of Messy Church). Messy church is a new form of being church for children and the people around them. It's inspired by the English Messy Church.

A nice ending in which we're going to help the children pray and thank the Lord with a thread and needle.

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Themes:
The rich young ruler, creative prayer

Messy Church program:
188.  The treasure chest - the Rich Young Ruler
189.  Make your own rules? - the Rich Young Ruler
190.  Jesus turns everything upside down - the Rich Young Ruler
191.  Give something away! - the Rich Young Ruler
192.  Shuffleboard with money! - the Rich Young Ruler
193.  The camel race - The Rich Young Ruler
194.  Crawling through the eye of a needle - The Rich Young Ruler
195.  Pimp your own camel - The Rich Young Ruler
196.  Looking through Jesus' eyes at the world - The Rich Young Ruler
197.  Praying with a needle and a thread - The Rich Young Ruler

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146. Using grass seed to teach kids the meaning of ‘AMEN’

Introduction:
Picture this; today the group of children are extra rowdy. Maybe it's the weather. I don’t know...

It is time to start the children’s programme. Of course we will open and close with a prayer. But as usual it takes ages for the children to quieten down. Although they quieten down a little during the prayer, as soon as I say amen, they all explode into sound and movement.

To them, 'amen' means that the long prayer of thirty seconds is finally finished. We can act normally again!

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This behaviour intrigues me. No, lets be honest; it annoys me a bit. Amen doesn’t mean ‘The End', as in a film.  It doesn't mean that we can make lots of noise again. Amen means ‘So be it' or 'I agree’. It is a promise and a hope that God agrees with our prayer.

But how can we create a change so that the children no longer think amen means we can act normally again? How can we help them realise that it means that God agrees with our prayer and that He will answer it?

So we came up with a plan...

A plan that involved grass seed and a plastic container filled with a layer of soil.
A plan that changed their perspective of amen for a while.

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138. The call of Abram (12) - Let’s build an altar together (2)

Introduction:
After arriving in the promised land the first thing Abram did, was to build an altar of stones. It was an altar of thanksgiving and of worship. Today we are going to build our own altar of thanksgiving and worship to God.

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137. The call of Abram (11) - Let’s build an altar together (1)

Introduction:
After arriving in the promised land the first thing Abram did was to build an altar of stones. It was an altar of thanksgiving and of worship. Today we are going to build our own altar of thanksgiving and worship to God.

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110. What is Gods power?

Introduction: 
This is a fun way of allowing children to contemplate the power of God.   

Themes:
Gods power and glory

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To be used for:
- Children’s moment during a service
- Creative prayer moment.
- Prayer room.

Bible text:
‘For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever.’ (Matt 6:13)

Age:
4 - 88 years

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94. How to use a Useless Box in your kids ministry


Have you ever heard of a Useless Box?

A Useless Box is a modern gadget that you can buy here or here on the internet and that is seemingly totally useless. But...

... we think it is a great way to tell Bible stories! 

How to use a Useless Box in your kids ministry

With a Useless Box you can Bible stories such as: 

Idea 95  - God calling Moses near the burning bush
Idea 96  - Paul's struggle with the flesh in Romans 7
Idea 97  - Jesus healing the centurion's servant 

In the video below we will show you what a Useless Box is and how you can use this in your children's ministry, preaching or Sunday school lessons.

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You can use this idea in a: Children's Sunday School, children's ministry, children's moment in church, Messy church, school assemblies, RE lessons, youth work, teenagers, preaching illustration, creative preaching, small churches

83. What is your strength?

Introduction: 
This idea allows children to engage with the theme of God’s strength in a fun way.

Themes:
Our Father prayer, Lord's prayer, God’s power and glory
What is your strength

To be used for:
- Children’s moment during a service
- Creative prayer moment
- Prayer room.

Bible text:
‘For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever.’ (Matt 6:13)

Age:
4 – 88 years.

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73. Your place in the stable

Introduction:
This is a simple way to take people into the stable where Jesus was born.  Using clay, children and adults can place themselves somewhere in the stable. Where are they in relation to Jesus?

Themes:
Christmas, the stable, worship, our attitude to God.

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To be used for:
Creative prayer, prayer room, Christmas, a creative illustration for children’s work

Bible text:
“While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.” ( Luke 2: 6,7)

Age:
6 – 88 years

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70. Our Father in heaven

Short explanation:
A clear illustration to enable adults and children to think further about the words ‘Our Father in heaven’ .

Themes:
‘Our Father in heaven’.

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To be used for:

Children’s moment in a service, creative prayer, prayer room, to illustrate your teaching on the Lord’s prayer.

Bible text:
“This, then, is how you should pray: “‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name”. (Matthew 6:9)

Age:
8-88 years

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69. My will versus God’s will

Short explanation:
A clear object lesson to help children and adults think about the choices that we make. Do we choose God’s will or what we want ourselves?

Themes:
Making choices, God’s will, being obedient/disobedient


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To be used for:

Children’s moment during a service, creative prayer, prayer room, to illustrate your teaching on making choices.

Bible text:
“Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.” (Luke 22:42)

Age:
8-88 years

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59. How to teach nine different Bible Lessons using Insta-Worms

Let us introduce you to Insta-Worms

"Create slimy, gooey worms—instantly! The moment the worm goo is added to the activator solution, worms magically appear. You can make fat worms, skinny worms, short worms, long worms, straight worms, zigzag worms, worm eggs, color-changing worms, or even a worm ring or bracelet. The secret is in the awesome world of polymer science.

How to teach nine different Bible lessons using Insta Worms
Makes more than 40 feet of worms. It's hands-on chemistry fun!"

It certainly is fun! Did you know that you can also use this with children in your Sunday school lesson / kids ministry or with adults during the church service to teach nine different Bible lessons, such as:

Idea 60 - the story of creation
Idea 61 - the story of the snake in the garden of Eden
Idea 62 - the calling of Moses
Idea 63 - the bronze snake in the desert
Idea 64 - Jonah and the worm
Idea 65 - Paul and the poisonous snake
Idea 66 - the importance of being constantly filled with the Holy Spirit
Idea 67 - the importance of clean water especlally in a situation of poverty
Idea 68 - you are a pearl in God's hand

By clicking on the links above you can see the stories being taught.

In this video below Katie demonstrates the use of Insta-Worms.
You can buy your own box of Insta-Worms here at Amazon.com and here at Amazon.co.uk.

You can use this idea in a:

Sunday School lesson, Sunday school class, Sunday school curriculum, children's ministry, children's moment in church, Messy church, school assemblie, RE lesson, youth work, youth group, preaching illustration, creative preaching

58. From a cross to a box for a homeless child

Short explanation:

A clear illustration and creative prayer idea for children and adults, whereby a cross can be changed into a box for homeless children to sleep in.

Themes:

Creative prayer, homeless children, poverty, the cross

From a cross to a box for a homeless child


To be used for :

Children’s moment during a service, creative prayer, prayer room, an illustration for your teaching on prayer.

Bible text:

“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” (James 1: 27)

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50. For thine is the kingdom, power and glory

Introduction: 
This is a fun way for children to contemplate God’s kingdom, power and glory.

Themes:
Our Father in heaven, the Lord's Prayer, God’s power and glory

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To be used for:
- Creative prayer moment
- Prayer room

Bible text:
‘For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever.’ (Matt 6:13)

Age:
4 – 12 years

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49. As we also have forgiven our debtors

Introduction:
As we also have forgiven our debtors. But have we? Do we actually forgive those who have wronged us and/or owe us something? These are questions that this idea helps you ponder and bring into practice. 

Themes:
Our Father in heaver, the Lord's Prayer, learning to forgive others

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To be used for:

- Creative prayer moment
- Prayer room

Bible text:
‘And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.’ (Matt 6:12)

Age:
12 – 88 years

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48. I forgive myself

Introduction: 
Forgiving others, even our enemies, can seem easy in comparison to forgiving ourselves!
This idea helps you to conceptualise the way you approach the act of forgiving yourself.

Themes:
Our Father in heaven, the Lord's prayer, learning to forgive yourself

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To be used for:

- Creative prayer moment
- Prayer room.

Bible text:
‘And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.’ (Matt 6:12)

Ages:
12 – 88 years

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47. As the deer pants

Introduction:
You take a pair of deer antlers, a jug filled with water, a couple of glasses, and you end up with a very touching way of praying, which can be used, for example, in reference to Christmas. 

Themes:
Longing for God, creative prayer, praying around Christmas

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To be used for:
- Creative prayer moment
- Prayer room.

Bible text:
‘As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God?’ (Psalm 42:1-2)

Age:
8 – 88 years

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46. Connected in prayer

Introduction: 

This is a wonderful festive way of praying with children, which works well around Easter, but also really does not need an excuse! Fun, colourful and still a way of praying.

Themes:

Lord's Prayer, Our Father in heaven, Gods will

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To be used for:

- Creative prayer moment in church, Sunday school. assembly or RE lesson
- Prayer room

Bible text:

‘Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.’ (Matthew 6:10)

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45. Do not lead us into temptation

Introduction: 
‘Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.’ But how can we bring this into practice?
How can we let this shape our lives? This idea can also be used as an object lesson.

Themes:
Lord's Prayer, Our Father in heaven, dealing with temptation

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To be used for:

- Creative prayer moment
- Prayer room.

Bible text:
‘And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.’ (Matthew 6:13)

Age:
8 – 88 years

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44. A piece of art; the plumb line of Gods will

Introduction: 
‘Let your will be done on heaven as it is in earth.’
We all know this text, but what is Gods will? What does God want?  

Themes:
Lord's Prayer, Our Father in heaven, God's will

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To be used for:

- Creative prayer moment
- Prayer room.

Bible text:
‘Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.’ (Matthew 6:10)

Age:
8 – 88 years

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32. Praying with plasters and bears (?!)

Introduction:
Time to let more bears into our congregations! This idea introduces five different ways of using plasters and teddy bears in prayer activities, creating an accessible way for children to pray for the poor and deprived.

Themes:
Contemplating poverty and deprived children around the world.

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To be used for:

-Children’s moment during a service
-Creative prayer moments
-Prayer room
-Teaching concerning poverty

Bible text:
"He will take pity on the weak and the needy and save the needy from death." (Psalm 72:13)

Age:
6 – 88 years

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31. Decorating the cross

Introduction:

In this creative task the children are going to decorate a cross. This is a follow-up of writing and drawing prayers on the cross (see idea 4).

Themes:

Light of the world, the death and resurrection of Jesus.

cross


This idea can be used for:

- Creative prayer or interactive moments during a service
- Prayer rooms
- Teaching concerning the death and resurrection of Jesus

Bible text: 

For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. (1 Corinthians 1:18)

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30. Contemplating the cross

Introduction:
The cross is one of the most important symbols within Christianity and will probably have been frequently spoken of in our children’s work. How do children experience the symbol of the cross? What does this mean for them?

Themes:
The symbol of the cross, Easter

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This idea can be used for:
- Creative prayer or interactive moments during a service
- Prayer rooms
- Teaching concerning the death and resurrection of Jesus

Bible text: 
For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. (1 Corinthians 1:18)

Age:
6 – 12 years

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29. Seeking refuge with God

Introduction:
How can we help children (and grown-ups) seek refuge with God? This creative way of praying can help.

Themes:
- Seeking refuge with God
- Holding onto God's promises

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This idea can be used for:
- Creative prayer or interactive moments during a service
- Prayer rooms
- Teaching

Bible text: 
Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” (Psalm 91: 1-2)

Age
6 – 88 years

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27. Draw a dot for each of the 100 million homeless children in the world

Short explanation:
A clear illustration and idea for creative prayer, to help adults and children to think about the 100 million homeless children in the world.

Themes:
Creative prayer, homeless children, poverty

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To be used for:
Children’s moment during a service, creative prayer, prayer room, an illustration for your teaching about prayer, Sunday school

Bible text:
“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” (James 1: 27)

Age:
4 – 12 years

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15. Give him your cares

Short explanation:
A simple but powerful illustration and idea for creative prayer, to help adults and children to really give their cares to God.

Themes:
Giving our cares and anxiety to God

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To be used for:
Children’s moment during a service, creative prayer, prayer room, a way to illustrate your teaching about prayer.

Bible text:
“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:7)

Age:
8-88 years

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10. Tea light prayers


Use candles as a creative prayer idea

With the use of candles as symbols you can really bring new meaning to group prayer, making it interactive and special for both children and (young) adults. This idea can also be used as an object lesson for Christmas and Easter services. See the explanation below.

Themes:

Light of the world, Easter, Christmas.

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This idea can be used for:

- Creative prayer or children's moments during a service.
- Prayer rooms.
- An interactive ending to Christmas or Good Friday services.

Biible reference: 

“When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12 – NIV)

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Scripture reference: John 8:12
You can use this idea in a: Sunday School lesson, Sunday school class, Sunday school curriculum, children's ministry, children's moment in church, Messy church, school assembly, RE lesson, youth work, youth group, preaching illustration, creative preaching, kids ministry, creative preaching, kids church

6. A tube of toothpaste and the taming of the tongue


What message can you convey with a cheap tube of toothpaste and an empty plate?

You can use this to illustrate the power of words, the taming of the tongue and what to do with the wrong words that you may have spoken and now want to retract.

 Toothpaste

Easy to use as a preaching illustration, in Sunday school, during a children’s moment in church, in a school assembly or an RE lesson.
 
The ideas is based on James chapter 3 in which he writes about the taming of the tongue:
 
“With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be. Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? My brothers and sisters, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water.” (James 3: 9 - 12)

Watch our demonstration video below.  Have fun!

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Scripture reference: James 3: 9 - 12
You can use this idea in a: Sunday School lesson, Sunday school class, Sunday school curriculum, children's ministry, children's moment in church, Messy church, school assembly, RE lesson, youth work, youth group, preaching illustration, creative preaching, kids ministry, creative preaching, kids church

2. Cleansing water


What is praying? Is it closing your eyes, folding your hands and sitting very still?

This idea makes praying a more active and even more special event by using the symbolism of cleansing water. It complements the telling of Jesus’ washing of the disciples feet.

Themes:

Symbolism of cleansing water, washing of the feet.

Cleansing water

This idea can be used for:

- Creative prayer or interactive prayer moments during a service.
- Prayer rooms.
- Teaching on serving.

Bible text:

"If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness." (1 John 1:9)

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Scripture reference: 1 John 1:9
You can use this idea in a: Sunday School lesson, Sunday school class, Sunday school curriculum, children's ministry, children's moment in church, Messy church, school assembly, RE lesson, youth work, youth group, preaching illustration, creative preaching
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