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Prayer Sticks ~ Family Project

Summertime is a wonderful time to take on a new project.  The daylight hours are longer, the children are out of school, and families tend to have more vacation time together.

One project I have worked on with my grandchildren is, "Prayer Sticks." Children are never too young to learn the importance of prayer.  Its even a great idea for adults too!

Popsicle sticks are inexpensive and easily found at local dollar stores.  Gather a handful of sticks and use colorful markers to write out simple prayer requests on them.

For example:

~Lord, teach me to share.

~Thank you, Jesus, for my family and friends.

~Dear God, help me obey my parents.

~Dear Lord, please help my friend who is sick.

On the back side of the sticks, you can draw colorful little flowers or polka-dots, just so they would be eye-catching and cute.  Place the sticks in a small jar with a ribbon.  Then each day, lead your child to pull out a stick and say a prayer.

Several things make this an excellent project:

*It's very inexpensive!

*It teaches the habit of prayer!

*It help our young ones learn how to talk to God about everything! *It builds a unique spiritual bond between you and your child. The Bible tells us, "Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it and it will be yours." (Mark 11: 24). Make this summer one to remember, as you teach your child to pray.