Lately, at bedtime, I’ve been teaching my two year old daughter to pray. We started with simple things—just thanking Jesus for all the things in her life that she loves and she really grew to look forward to that. She knows exactly what to do now when I say, “Let’s pray.” Now, we’re moving on to learning how to just talk to God about her day and all the things she did and experienced in addition to thanking Jesus for every blessing she enjoys. Teaching a child about prayer and their relationship with God at such a young age is imperative in my opinion, because it’s when their faith is the most simple and uninhibited. "Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these." (Matt 19:14)
Thank You God for Blessing Me by Max Lucado is a lovely little board book that does just what my daughter needs most right now—it teaches about prayer. With beautifully water colored illustrations it takes children through little Hermie the caterpillar’s simple prayer to God, thanking Him for all the blessings in his life. It not only gives a great model for prayer, but teaches the reader to really be thankful for all God has given them, and to count their blessings. It’s also a simple enough book with clear enough pictures that my daughter can pick it up and narrate it herself—either by making up her own story, or repeating the words it contains because she’s heard them so often. This is definitely a book I’d recommend for parents of small children who are just learning to appreciate books for the first time, and who are also old enough to start to pray on their own.
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