On May 6, 2021, let’s take time to turn to God in prayer to contend for our nation and focus on bowing the knee. Explore these resources for kids and families to celebrate the National Day of Prayer in your home.
In 1952, the United States Congress and President Harry S. Truman signed into law a day of observance inviting people of all faiths to pray for the nation.
Then in 1988, the law was amended and signed by President Ronald Reagan to officially make the National Day of Prayer the first Thursday of every May.
Prayer in the government dates back to 1775 when the Continental Congress and founding fathers asked the colonies to pray for wisdom as they formed the nation.
Since 1952, every President has signed a National Day of Prayer proclamation.
Prayer, therefore, has been a significant part of our heritage since the beginning of our nation’s birth.
No matter the controversies going on in this day, it is true that our founding fathers sought the wisdom of God whenever faced with critical decisions to make.
It was a great example of how we should come before God as a nation seeking guidance for our leadership and God’s grace on us as a people.
It is true that many of us have made it a point to pray for our nation within the past few years.
Our nations have faced trying times, and it seems as if things won’t be getting better any time soon.
So, whether you already prayer often for our nation as part of your routine or need to start, it stands as a very present need throughout our country.
More and more people are turning from Christ, even those who know the truth. And God commands us to pray for our governing bodies. Specifically, he says this:
1 Timothy 2:1-2 (ESV), “First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.”
So, here are some resources for kids and families to celebrate the National Day of Prayer this year and in the years to come:
Seven Ways to Pray on the National Day of Prayer | Joni and Friends
National Day of Prayer Prayer Guide – Updated for 2021! | Equipping Godly Women
Verses and Prayers for Our Nation and Elected Leaders | Heather C. King
Hannah – God Answers Prayer Bible Lesson | Danielle’s Place
Free activities to help you celebrate the National Day of Prayer:
The National Day of Prayer: Praying for Our Nation Activities | Focus on the Family
National Day of Prayer Activities | Children’s Ministry
National Day of Prayer LEGO Style | Building Legos with Christ
Praying Hands Activity | Sheep Tending Sheep
National Day of Prayer Preschool Theme Ideas | Preschool Plan It
The Popcorn Game | Confessions of a Sunday School Teacher
Teaching Children to Pray: The Five Finger Prayer | Mothering From Scratch
DIY Prayer Hands For Kids | Your Modern Family
Easy Sensory Prayer Path | Fame Creative Kids
Starting a Kid’s Prayer Journal (FREE Download) | Sarah Titus
Meaningful and Stretching Prayer Activities for Kids | Little Shoots Deep Roots
Developing Prayer Stations | Adventures in Mommydom
How to Use Prayer Stations with Children | Future Flying Saucers
Prayer Prompts for Kids | My Printable Faith
Five Finger Prayer for Children FREE Printable PDF | Ministry to Children
Get the kids engaged with crafts to do on National Prayer Day:
The Lord’s Prayer Craft | Adventures in Mommydom
Easy DIY Prayer Cross (Teach Your Kids the Power of Prayer) | Easy Breezy Sunday School
DIY Prayer Hands for Kids (FREE Printable) | Your Modern Family
FREE Thank You God Prayer Crowns Craft | Juniper’s Own
Can I Pray Crafticity | Crafting the Word of God
Grab these free printables to share with kids on National Prayer Day:
Make A Paper Prayer Chain for National Day Of Prayer | Christianity Cove
FREE Printable National Day of Prayer Guide for Kids | Children’s Ministry Deals
National Day of Prayer FREE Coloring Page | Children’s Ministry Deals
The Lord’s Prayer Puzzle | Teach Us To Pray
Kids Prayer Poster | Sami Cone
FREE printable Lord’s Prayer Coloring pages for the National Day of Prayer | Teach Us To Pray
National Day of Prayer Flag Coloring and Activity Sheet | Danielle’s Place
FREE Prayer Book for Kids | 123 Homeschool 4 Me
Teaching Your Child How to Pray (FREE Printable) | Carmel Moments
FREE Printable! 31 Prayer Cards for Kids | Time Warp Wife
Head to Toe Prayer Cards | Ben and Me
FREE Printable Prayer Prompt Cards for Kids | Meet Penny
Jelly Bean Prayer FREE Printable | That’s What Che Said
FREE Prayer Buddy Printables | Sara J Creations
Printable Prayer Journals for Kids FREE | Cheri Gamble
Lord’s Prayer FREE Booklet Cards | Flame Creative Kids
FREE Printable Prayer Book for Kids | 123 Homeschool 4 Me
Lord’s Prayer FREE Print | Arrows and Applesauce
FREE Prayer Journal and Pages | Activities for Kids
Kids Prayer Poster FREE Printable Instructions | Sami Cone
FREE Printable Prayer Journal and Tracker | Raise Your Word
Developing a Habit of Prayer FREE Printable | Grateful Prayer Thankful Heart
We can be intentional about praying for our nation, and the National Day of Prayer is a great time to begin your family’s dedication to continual prayer for our land.
Jeannette is a wife, mother and homeschooling mom. She has been mightily, saved by grace and is grateful for God’s sovereignty throughout her life’s journey. She has a Bachelor in English Education and her MBA. Jeannette is bi-lingual and currently lives in the Tongan Islands of the South Pacific. She posts daily freebies for homeschoolers!