Funniest Prayers of Children

Photo Credit, Ben Stapley, 2012

These are actual prayers I have heard children pray as I’ve been a Children’s Minister.  These are kids ages 5-12:

Girl: “Dear Lord, I can’t wait to go to Korea….I mean, heaven.”

Boy: “Dear Lord, thank you that we can come to church today and thank you that no one got their head crushed or lost their arm on the way here.”

Boy (whose family lives in Virginia): “Dear Lord, please help my family as they drive to Poland”….  boy’s older brother interrupts….”You mean, Pennsylvania”

Boy: “Dear Lord, please split Jesse into two people so one of him can do his homework and the other of him can spend time with his wife” (note: I had told the kids I needed prayer for my busy schedule when I was in seminary at the time – trying to juggle family time and homework time)

What Would You Do?

And then there was the time a boy called Satan an S-O-B (he used the full terminology) in his prayer in front of all the kids.  I looked up to see lots of deer-in-headlight eyeballs of children looking right at me, waiting for a response.  Needless to say, I did my best to explain to the kids that we don’t use that term and then turn the situation into a teachable moment.

Jesus told us to have childlike faith (Mark 10:15)

You can’t make this stuff up.  My prayer is that all of us will learn how to pray from kids – who have such confident and bold faith.  They see no limits or boundaries to God’s power, which is why they pray the way they do.

What are some prayers of children that you have heard?

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Jesse Joyner travels nationwide performing a comedy juggling act for family and kids events. He is also working towards his PhD in Educational Studies at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (Deerfield, IL). He enjoys playing the piano, bird watching, and old houses. He lives in Richmond, VA with his wife, Sarah, and their daughter, Kezzie.

5 thoughts on “Funniest Prayers of Children”

  1. My wife, Sherry, and I were teaching our 3-6 year old class to pray. A young girl of 3 prayed this prayer. “Dear God, help my Mom and Dad to stop fighting, that we won’t starve to death, and that they will come to church.”
    We learned that her parents had lost their jobs and had no money for food. We sent them food home by the girl and her sister. Within a month both parents were in church and within another month had been saved. God loves children’s prayers as they come from a pure heart of faith. I learned a lot from that class of children.

  2. That’s so cool, Mike, thanks for sharing that story. And Jessica, that’s definitely a keeper too. I’m going to share these around….

    1. Please pray for my family that they all be safe and hhltaey. Please pray for my stepdaughters mother and family that they are all hhltaey, safe, and can find forgiveness and healing. Please pray for my my father in law’s ex wife, Lori, that she can find healing, forgiveness, and peace. Lastly, please pray for myself and my husband, that the closing process goes smoothly on our first time home purchase. Amen.[]

  3. As part of my work I used to ask kids to write letters to God, and one of the most memorable was: “Dear God, my favorite food is rice and chicken. Do you have rice and chicken in heaven? Because if you don’t I don’t want to come to heaven….” Go figure…..

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