6 Prayers You Can Sing With Your Kids

Did you know that not all prayers have to be spoken? There are prayers you can sing!

Christians have always used singing to pray. Even way back in King David’s day, people praised God by singing prayers: The Psalms that David wrote were prayers that were supposed to be sung.

And the New Testament is full of people singing prayers! In Luke 1:46–55, Mary sings the Magnificat when she is pregnant with Jesus. The Apostle Paul talks about Christians singing prayers and hymns (like the Psalms) in his letters to churches.

“Be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart.” —Ephesians 5:18–19

Singing prayers with your kids helps them remember the words. Songs will be remembered. There is something to be said about the power of music in making mental and spiritual connections to prayers.

And singing prayers shows kids that there are many ways to come to God in prayer and that God will hear them even when they are singing.

6 Prayers You Can Sing With Your Kids

Here are some prayers you can sing together as a family.

1. “We Thank You, Lord” (tune: “Yankee Doodle”)

We thank you, Lord, for happy hearts,
for rain and sunny weather.
We thank you, Lord, for this our food
and that we are together.
Thank you, thank you, thank you, Lord!
Thank you, thank you, thank you, Father!
Thank you, Lord, for this our food
and that we are together.

2. Bible verses

Sing Bible verses—kids remember them!

Angela Naeve is a great resource for these “Bible Bops,” if you prefer to sing along to a CD.

If you use YouTube more frequently, you can find plenty of Bible verses set to songs on the platform. For example, Concordia Publishing House’s VBS channel features several Bible verse songs including captions and actions.

3. “The Johnny Appleseed Prayer” (tune: “Johnny Appleseed”)

The Lord is good to me,
and so I thank the Lord
for giving me the things I need,
the sun and the rain and the apple seed.
The Lord is good to me.
Amen, amen, amen, amen, amen, amen.

3. “Thank You, God, for Our Food” (tune: “Mary Had a Little Lamb”)

Thank you, God, for our food, for our food, for our food.
Thank you, God, for our food, we thank you God.  Amen.

4. “Jesus Loves Me”

Jesus loves me this I know
For the Bible tells me so
Little ones to Him belong
They are weak but He is strong

Yes, Jesus loves me
Yes, Jesus loves me
Yes, Jesus loves me
The Bible tells me so

Jesus loves me,
He who died
Heaven’s gates to open wide
He has washed away my sins,
Lets his little child come in

Yes, Jesus loves me
Yes, Jesus loves me
Yes Jesus loves me
The Bible tells me so

5. Psalm 118:1

Oh, give thanks, give thanks to the Lord for He is good, is good, and His mercy endures forever!  Ohh… Psalm 118:1. (clap clap!)

6. “The Shark” (tune: Jaws theme)

God is great and God is good, and we thank him for this food! AAAAAmmmen!

God hears “Johnny Appleseed” just as he does a Magnificat. Whatever song your kids sing as a prayer, stress reverence for God. Sometimes a “fun” prayer becomes just a song. We bow our heads and fold our hands (unless there are actions to the song) to honor the God who made us as we sing our prayers.

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