TEACHING TODDLERS TO PRAY: I Hurt! Pray!

Kids get hurt. All. The. Time. Most of the time its no big deal, sometimes it is more but each time as caregivers we have an opportunity to teach something.

My initial reaction to a bumped head or a skinned knee was to kiss it. And kissing it to make it better is a kind and compassionate response, but I was with a friend of mine who is a nanny and I noticed when her little one got hurt her response was “I hurt–Pray!”

IMG_3192My friend very genuinely asked Jesus to send the pain away, and the little girl would get up and run off. I like this because it not only shows compassion and concern like the kissing, but it also shows that Jesus cares.

Once I prayed for Lincoln a few times, he started demanding “I hurt—Pray!” Then he would say, “no hurt.” I didn’t teach him to say that and I’m sure there is a placebo affect like when we kiss an “ouwie” but it also teaches an expectation that prayer will change things—an expectation for healing.

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