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We must pray for discernment and follow the Holy Spirit as we witness to children.
Avoid using phrases such as “asking Jesus into your heart.” This can be confusing for children and doesn’t reflect the significance of the decision. Consider referring to this as a decision to follow Jesus.
The decision to become a Christian is BIG decision, and it is very important that a child understands this. Although a child will most likely pray when making this decision, it is much more than just praying a prayer. It is a life change!
Pray and ask God for wisdom and discernment before and while talking with a child about salvation, and look for evidence of the Holy Spirit’s work. Don’t pressure a child into repeating words and making a disingenuous decision that isn’t theirs. God may be using you to plant Gospel seeds that will lead to salvation at a future time.
That being said, we should not be hesitant to urge children to follow the Lord. Children, just as adults, desperately need Him. Pray that God will do a saving work in the life of each child you talk to!