How to Lead a Child in the Salvation Prayer

Salvation’s Prayer For Kids

A good thing to bear in mind when leading a child in a salvation prayer is that children are very literal. Many of them believe that just saying certain words is what saves them. It is up to us parents to make sure that children know that the prayer they are getting ready to say expresses their belief in Jesus; and is not the same as magic words.

Guidance For Salvation’s Prayer for Kids

I guide the child along a bit by saying something like, “_____, one thing that Jesus wants to do is forgive your sins. If you want Jesus to forgive your sins, and you want him to be in charge of your life now, then you need to tell him.”

God Looks on the Heart

I always tell a child that repeating words will not save him unless he means what he says. I remind him that man looks on the outside of things, but God looks at what is in our hearts. Then I say that I am going to pray, and ask him if he would like to pray out loud or in his heart after I pray. Then I say something like this, “OK, ____, you can repeat after me or make up your own words.” (If the child said he wanted to pray silently I still guide in prayer out loud, and give a few moments of silence after each sentence for the child to pray silently.)

Salvation’s Prayer For Children

Dear Lord,
Thank you so much for _____. Thank you for helping him/her realize that he/she is a sinner and needs your forgiveness. Thank you for dying on the cross for him/her. I pray that you will hear _____ now as he asks you to save him. ‘

Then I say, “Now, _____, you can repeat after me, or make up your own words to this prayer, and say something like this:

“Dear God, I know that I am a sinner. I know that you sent Jesus to be my Savior, and that He died on the cross to take the punishment for my sins. I know that Jesus rose from the dead and is coming back someday. Please forgive me of all of my sins, and come into my life and change me. Please guide me in my life and help me to follow you for the rest of my life. Thank you for saving me and taking me to heaven when I die. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Blessings & Giggles to you & yours,

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2 Responses to “How to Lead a Child in the Salvation Prayer”

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