Sharing Time: What Shall I Say When I Pray?
June 1985

“Sharing Time: What Shall I Say When I Pray?” Friend, June 1985, 45

Sharing Time:

What Shall I Say When I Pray?

Have you ever been asked to pray in front of other people and when you closed your eyes, you couldn’t remember what you wanted to say? If you can see pictures in your mind, they can help you to think of the words that you want to say.

After we begin a prayer by addressing our Father in Heaven, we thank Him for the things we have. Think of all the blessings you have—home, family, friends, the Church, beauties of the earth, and so on. Try to picture in your mind each of these things. When you pray, express gratitude to Heavenly Father for several of them.

Now think of what you would like help with, or that others might need help with. When you pray, ask for help with what is important to you. If you are praying for someone you know, picture him in your mind as you pray, and it will be easier to ask for a blessing for him.

Here is something you can do to help you have pictures in your mind, to help you remember things to say when you pray.


  1. Color words and pictures; cut them out.


    Illustrated by Robyn S. Officer

  2. Glue each title on separate piece of colored paper.

  3. Decide where you think each picture belongs—is it something you are grateful for, or is it something you might ask a blessing for? Some pictures may go either place.

  4. Glue each picture under title you have chosen.

  5. Close your eyes and see how many things you can remember from each page. Add your own drawings as you think of other things.

Sharing Time Ideas

  1. Discuss four parts of prayer (See Primary Sharing Time Resource Manual, page 104.)

  2. Talk about specific blessings that you are grateful for. Invite children to express themselves. Write items on chalkboard.

  3. Have each child draw picture of blessing they have or blessing they need.

  4. Make two large charts from children’s pictures. Add to pictures as other items are mentioned. Encourage children to picture in their minds what they are praying about, in order to say it their own way.

  5. Enlarge this page and daw lines from pictures to title children select. Or give each child small copy to color and to draw connecting lines on.