In Matthew, Jesus warns his disciples not to pray publicly as the hypocrites did, to make a show or prove a point. He wanted to discourage people from using prayer as a way to impress others and instead keep it as a time for intimate communion with God.
However, be careful to not misinterpret this scriptural teaching as a warning to not pray in front of your baby. But as you pray, let it be an intimate conversation you are bringing your child into. Let him or her see you giving thanks to God before meals, looking toward the heavens and asking for a safe journey before getting in the car, and so on. Let them see that it’s real.
Also, as your child becomes old enough to fully understand the meaning behind prayer, think about resources that show prayer as an enjoyable practice for kids. Your Christian bookstore has books filled with prayers designed for children, for example. Prayer is something deep and powerful, but also simple, relatable, enjoyable, and easy to do. Let them see it as something they would one day not feel obligated to learn, but want to do!
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