As you teach your children to pray, teaching them to confess their own sin as a part of prayer is vital–and it’s a part of prayer that is often overlooked. I’ve design a set of prayer cards to help you teach your kids about the confession of sin, and to help them incorporate this important spiritual practice into their prayers.
At Thinking Kids, we’re working on a project to teach our kids to pray for others, to pray with gratitude, to pray for our communities, to pray for our world, to pray for our character, and to confess our sins in prayer. These printable prayer cards are a part of the Family Prayer Box project…..
Confess My Sins Prayer Cards for Kids
These printable character prayer cards have twelve fun designs. Each card has a Bible verse about the confession of sin. The prayer card sets are available in either ESV or KJV, to suit your preference.
Ways to Use Confess My Sins Prayer Cards for Kids
Pray for My Character Cards for Kids can be used a number of ways. Here are a few ideas:
- Write a specific confession of sin on the back of each card when appropriate, noting a fruit of the Spirit that would counter that sin. Pray for the fruit to develop in the child’s life.
- Use the cards to write a short confession of sin to the Lord, then pray that God would keep the child from that sin in the future.
- Fill the cards out yourself, noting a different sin common to children on each card. Be sure to write about an opposite positive character trait as well.
- Save the cards in your Family Prayer Box and use the prayer cards on a rotation, working through one each day.
- Thank the Lord that He is faithful to forgive those who believe in Him and sincerely confess their sins.
- In a group, discuss the verses. Brainstorm over common sins for children and write one on the back of each card. Ask the children to consider when they may have sinned in this way. Pray for each other to avoid a particular sin each week.
- Take the time to memorize the confession of sin verses.
- Share other ideas in the comments!
How to Print Confess My Sins Prayer Cards for Kids
I often get asked how to print Thinking Kids resources. Here’s my very best advice. Take it and adapt it for your own good uses.
- Sometimes readers are concerned about using colored ink. If this is the case for you, there should be a setting on your printer that allows you to print in black and white. Printing in grayscale will still use some color, but it will come out prettier than black and white.
- Print these cards on duplex (back-to-back or double-sided). You’ll want to flip on the SHORT edge for these. You should be able to change the settings for this in the Properties tab of your printer box once you download and tell your computer to print.
- Trouble downloading? Check out How To Download Thinking Kids PDFs.
- I recommend printing on white cardstock so the cards will be more durable and the back won’t show through on the front. This is my very favorite cardstock: Neenah Premium Cardstock.
- If you plan to rotate the cards to use at meals or during your family devotional time, consider laminating them so they will last longer.
- Let your kids write in pen! Frixion erasable pens show up well and erase perfectly. I use them on my planner everyday and I love them. They give kids a fun way to use bright colors–and they still allow room for mistakes.
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~ Danika Cooley
Danika Cooley is the author of When Lightning Struck! The Story of Martin Luther (Fortress Press, 2015), Wonderfully Made (CF4K, 2016), and Bible Road Trip. Her work has been featured in internationally-recognized children's magazines over 150 times.