Praying with our children is a wonderful opportunity and privilege. It not only helps us in talking with our children about what happened in Paris, it reminds us that we can take everything to God in prayer, and it teaches our children how to pray when evil comes.
My suggestion is that you firstly sit down with your children and answer their questions about Islamic State attacks, and then explain the pray to them before praying it with them. There is little point praying what we don’t affirm or understand!
Here is a prayer that you might like to pray with your children:
We thank you that you are God, and that you are good, and are in charge of the world today.
We thank you that we can talk to you in the good times of life and in the sad times.
We are sad and want to cry for the people of Paris, Beirut and Baghdad.
We ask that you may comfort them in their grief, and that you might show them your great love in Christ Jesus.
We pray for the injured, that they will receive the medical help and pastoral care they need.
We ask that Governments and authorities will have great wisdom as they protect their people and as they respond to these attacks.
We thank you for the refugees who are arriving in Australia from Syria. May they be welcomed and cared for. Help us to love our new neighbours as ourselves.
The Bible tells us that evil makes you angry and the cross tell us you have done something about it. Thank you Father for sending your only Son into the world to die on the cross and to rise from the dead so that we know your forgiveness, and have new life and hope.
May the world come to know and see the peace that Jesus brings.
Help us to keep trusting Jesus and to show others that he is trustworthy.
And we ask this in Jesus’ name,