Preschool Prayers and Other Prayer Aids
As we wrap up our Preschool Prayer Series, we wanted to leave you with three prayers that you can learn with your child; two common table prayers, and one bedtime prayer.
Table Prayer 1: (Sung to the tune of “Frere Jacques”)
Thank you, Father, Thank you, Father, For this food, For this food, And for all you give us, And for all you give us, You are good!, You are good!
Table Prayer 2:
Come Lord Jesus, Be our guest, And let these gifts, To us be blessed.
Now the light has gone away, Savior listen while I pray, Asking you to watch and keep, And to send me quite sleep. Jesus, Savior, wash away, All that I’ve done wrong today, Help me every day to be, Good and gentle more like thee. Let my near and dear ones be, Always near and dear to you, Oh bring me and all I love, To Your heavenly home above.
One way to teach the above prayers that has worked with our daughter, is to say the prayers every day, but leaving out the last word. When they can remember the missing word, take out another word at the end! Keep going until the prayer is memorized. (Also a good technique for teaching memory passages!)
Our preschool teacher, Jamie Walta, also adds:
“When I ask one of my children to lead us in prayer, I ask them for one “good” thing that happened today, and one “bad” thing that took place. I ask them to thank their Father for the blessing, or good thing, and ask their Father to help resolve the “bad” thing. It’s a great way to start leading them to Thank and Petition.”
For some different prayer aids besides the prayer jar, give these a look!