I just tell my boys to talk to God and Thank him for their lives. and our family. and the people they love and the people in their lives. the things they have and appreciate. Just be real with God. That's all God wants. Poor your heart out to Jesus. As if he's a friend next to you .. who just got you this real cool gift.. and listening to what you got to say...<br />
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cause he is. :]

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Now I lay me down to sleep,<br />
the good shepherd Jesus for me to keep.<br />
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Dear God who I can not see, smile down from<br />
heaven over little me.<br />
Let angels spread their holy wings around my bed<br />
and keep me safe as I rest my tired head.<br />
In Jesus name, Amen.

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I think I'd just let them listen in on my prayers that are from my heart, give them an opportunity to join, but no pressure. I'm not into canned prayers or forcing anyone to pray. ew.

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I agree with those who posted about just letting kids pray from the heart. Teach them about God and that He's real and near to us, a Friend.<br />
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I remember as a child, my grandma always praying with me:<br />
"Now I lay me down to sleep,<br />
I pray the Lord my soul to keep.<br />
If I should die before I wake,<br />
I pray the Lord my soul to take.<br />
If I should live for other days,<br />
I pray the Lord to guide my ways."<br />
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Another one I thought of, I knew in the form of a children's song, but it could be used as a nighttime prayer (maybe some already know it as a nighttime children's prayer) :<br />
"Father, we thank Thee for the night,<br />
And for the pleasant morning light,<br />
For rest and food and loving care,<br />
And all that makes the world so fair."

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The one about taking your soul before waking is actually quite frightening to small children. I'd avoid that one !

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"Please don't damn me to the fires of an eternal hell, I didn't mean to do it"

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Anything that made them feel loved will work wonders. God is Love.

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