It would be helpful if you had a teaspoon, a couple of marker pens and a whiteboard (or large sheet of paper) to illustrate the following explanation.
Christians believe that praying is not just about asking God for things.
Explain that we talk to different people about different things - we might talk to our friends about one thing and to our family about something else.
The Bible teaches that, although people can talk to God about absolutely anything, because of who he is and what he is like, there are some things people say to God time and time again.
Write the words ‘thank you’, ‘sorry’ and ‘please’ on a whiteboard or large sheet of paper.
When people talk with God they often say ‘thank you’ for something he has done, ‘sorry’ for something wrong they have done and ‘please’ as they ask him for things they believe he wants to give them.
Introduce the prayer prompt, 'TSP'. Write the letters: ‘t’, ‘s’, ‘p’ next to the words. Show the children a teaspoon. Explain that sometimes people write ‘tsp’ instead of teaspoon in a recipe - they might write ‘you need a tsp of sugar’.
Circle the first letter of the words ‘thank you’, ‘sorry’ and ‘please’ and point to the corresponding letters in the abbreviation, ‘tsp’. Explain that a teaspoon is a good way to remember that, because of who God is and what he is like, we often say ‘thank you’, ‘sorry’ and ‘please’ when we are talking with him.