"The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much" (James 5:16b).

Even with all the technology available in the world, the most powerful tool we have as Christians is prayer. Amazing, isn't it? When we pray, God's power strengthens us. Teaching our children how to access this source of strength is paramount, for no other aspect of Christian living is as important as knowing how to talk and listen to God. However, some homeschool lessons are better caught than taught, and such is the case with prayer. The best curriculum for teaching prayer is simply praying out loud with your children and allowing them to see and hear you talk to God.

Because praying was such a personal matter, I first shied away from letting my children hear my prayers. Sure, I let them hear me give praise and thanks for food and other blessings, but I knew communing with the Lord involved much more. My children also needed to hear me confess my sins and intercede for others honestly and humbly. They needed to learn that prayer was more than vain repetitions (Matthew 6:7). I hoped as they listened that they would learn there's no limit to intimacy with the Creator of the universe. They could talk to God anytime about anything.

What about your prayer life? Would your children know how to pray after listening to you talk to God? If not, perhaps it's time to come to the Lord like the disciples and ask, "Lord, teach us to pray" (Luke 11:1b). Jesus knew the disciples would never survive without a powerful prayer life. Do you think your children are any different? "Therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live: That thou mayest love the LORD thy God, and that thou mayest obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto him: for he is thy life, and the length of thy days" (Deuteronomy 30:19b-20a).

Father, thank You for the power of prayer to find strength for every difficulty in life. Help me to teach my children how to pray by bringing them into Your presence. In the name of Jesus, Amen.