I Can Learn to Pray
By Holly Hawkins Shivers / Thomas Nelson
I Can Learn to Pray by Holly Hawkins Shivers is a much needed tool for parents to help teach children the importance of prayer and how to pray. Through simple examples of prayers, children not only learn the importance of prayer but also how to pray—to praise, confess, prayer for others, ask for help, and express gratitude. Stories about how God works through our prayers show children the power, comfort, and love they can feel through prayer. Recommended for ages 4 to 8 years.
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I Can Learn to Pray is a 52-week children’s devotional on prayer; suggested for children 4-8 years of age. [However, in the first week’s devotion it directs the child to obtain a journal to write prayers in for each of the following weeks.] It is broken up into 7 sections. There is a section on learning to pray, five of the sections are on different types of prayers, and a section on how to listen. Each section covers an average of 8 weeks or less. Each week is broken up into bite-size blocks of learning; ending with an assignment related to prayer for that week. In each bite-size block there is a Biblical scripture reference relating to that bite of material. The content is easy -to-understand and easy for a child to relate to their own life’s events.
Even though I Can Learn to Pray is aimed at children, I feel that it can benefit adults as well. As adults we are to be examples for our children. What better way to be an example than to relearn the basics of prayer right along with your child. In addition to adults who are parents, this devotional could also benefit those who have been just introduced to Jesus and are new to prayer.
I love some of the ideas it provides in throughout the learning and weekly assignments. For example; setting your alarm to wake up early enough to have time to pray or setting your alarm to remind you to pray [page 20], thanking God for a different person each day and sending a note to them to let them know you are thanking God for them [page 53], praying and then sitting quietly to listen. I Can Learn to Pray also tells about the armor of God and the Lord’s Prayer.
I feel that adults can get just as much out of this devotional as children will as they go through each day and week together.