Praying with Children

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Marlene Halpin


Perhaps the biggest difference between praying with children and praying with adults lies in the nose. Children smell well, and they can "sniff out," with more certainty and more speed than most adults, what is authentic and what is phony. To pray well with children requires faith or, at least, a genuine seeking of faith. Children know if they are being used, being kept quiet and out of the way; or if adults are inviting them into something precious and for them. Most children are not readily fooled for long.

Although parents and teachers know this, we often act as if we are unaware of the nose of a child. If we plan on praying with them, really praying (which may or may not involve saying formal prayers), it would be good for us to attend to what they smell.

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Halpin, M. (1995). Praying with Children. Reformed Review, 49(2). Retrieved from