It has been encouraging to me lately to have some of the kids upstairs be willing to pray. And it's not just sharing requests, but also praise and thankfulness for requests we've prayed about previously. Some of their requests are so "heavy". And to have a group of seven to ten kids agree to pray during the week for someone else who is hurting...that says a lot about our kids.
Prayer is such a vital part in our communication with God. I've been feeling the need lately to work on this with the kids, my own and the ones upstairs. To ask them for requests/praises, to give them the opportunity to pray if they want, and to pray with them. I want them to know how important prayer is and how important they are to God.