March 2023 preschool devotion
Missions Discipleship

Three Truths to Learn About Prayer

The parent of a preschooler told a Mission Friends leader that her son took the missionary picture the leaders shared and put the picture on his wall at home so he could pray for the missionaries at night.

Our preschoolers are learning to pray to God. If we are honest, we would admit that we are also still learning about prayer. As you seek to be faithful in prayer, consider these three reminders about prayer from the Scriptures.

God Hears Us

One of the Bible thoughts we use in Mission Friends is: God hears our prayers (see 1 John 5:14). Knowing that God hears our prayers gives us confidence in going to God in prayer. The psalmist wrote in Psalm 116:2, “Because he turned his ear to me, I will call on him as long as I live” (NIV). Because we know God hears our prayers, we can be faithful in calling on Him.

God Helps Us

The writer of Hebrews also talks about confidence in approaching God in prayer: “Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need” (Hebrews 4:16). God is our helper, and we can go to Him in prayer at any time and any place.

God Has Us

The Lord said in Jeremiah 33:3, “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.” I have a friend who is known for saying, “God’s got this!” As we call out to Him and take our needs to Him in prayer, God has us and will carry us.

Dwell on these three simple truths from the Scriptures about prayer. Seek to be faithful in prayer as you call to God. Even as we teach our young ones about prayer, may we continue to learn these truths within our own hearts.


Dear God, Thank You that You hear me when I call to You in prayer. Thank You for the assurance that You are my helper. Guide me to be faithful in coming to You in prayer. Amen.

Joye Smith is the national WMU preschool ministry consultant.