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I think of Samuel. Just a boy, he ministered in the temple. In a time when the Word of the Lord was rare, Samuel had a calling on his life (1 Sam. 3:1). His mother had surely taught him of the graciousness of God’s answered prayers as she nursed him. Yet when God called his name, Samuel needed Eli to instruct him. Despite being in the temple and around the things of God all of his life, this young boy (probably about 12) needed to be taught before he could hear the voice of God.
It makes me smile to think of his mother. A frail woman knelt low before the altar. Her heart raw and bleeding from the agony of emptiness. To hold a baby in her arms was her only plea. Eyes tender from weeping, arms raised to our Lord, she cried out. She poured her very soul over HIM. Food would not fill her. Comfort she wanted not. Her lips pleaded only for a child. In deep anguish, Hannah prayed to the Lord, weeping bitterly. (1 Samuel 1:10)
From Hannah, we know that God hears the bitter cry of our souls, that He holds our tears in his hands (Ps. 56:8), and that we can hold God to his promises because He still answers every prayer. (Jer. 31:3)
But our kids…do they know? Do they know how to pray or do they mutter rote dinner prayers with shallow meaning. Help us to have a good day, Lord….Thank you for our friends and family, Lord…
In faith, we must lay it all at HIS feet…and this includes them. The littlest of these. ALL of these precious babes need to learn to pray like Hannah, in complete faith and confidence. My children, those babes who cry themselves to sleep over all that isn’t right in their world…they will not survive if I neglect this one thing: to teach them to draw near to the Healer, to go deeper than the thank you’s and the pleads for a good day. I am accountable to teach them because when HE calls their name they shouldn’t have to run to my room in wonder.
Out of this need and great desire to help them, I developed prayer cards. The cards are organized into four themes, each lasting for one week: my family, my community, my nation, and my world, making a total of 28 cards. Each card emphasizes the JOY formula for praying: J-Jesus, O-others and Y-yourself. The cards encourage prayer through suggestions and scripture. I have designed them specifically with multi-ages in mind. Parents can use the cards with young children, praying and reading through them as a family. As children get older, they have the freedom to use the cards to support their own prayer life. (I’ve detailed age appropriate suggestions in the instructions.)
The cards can be used as shown below on an O-ring so you can easily flip through them. You can also use them in a 4×6 index card box. If you use this kind of box for scripture memory, you can add a section for the cards. I would recommend that you consider printing on card stock, as they will be sturdier (card stock can be purchased at Wal-mart or an office supply store). You also might consider laminating them. The cheapest place to do that is a Teacher supply store, but you can also do it at an office supply store.
I would love for your family to have a set and have reasonably priced the cards at $4.99. We are humbled by and thankful for your support! I pray that these cards will bless you and grow your prayer life as a family.