Is My Child Ready?

Use the following five questions to help you determine if your child is ready to ask Jesus to be Lord of their life. Remember, there are no perfect questions or answers. The main goal is to determine if your child recognizes that their own sin separates them from God and that Jesus’ death on the cross makes them right with God. You will also find some things to say if your child doesn’t seem to be grasping these spiritual concepts. 

This is an easy question to answer and will get your child comfortable with answering questions. Their answer will be pretty simple, like, “He’s God’s Son.”

Who is Jesus?

Younger kids may not understand the word sin. At Pathways Kids, we teach that sin is lying, cheating, stealing, angry outbursts, doing bad things, disobeying, etc. Talk about these things with your child, recognizing that all of us sin. Feel free to help by talking about things that you may do wrong and how they get in the way of your friendship with God. Ultimately, you’re looking for your child to identify specific things they do wrong.

What is Sin?

Why did He have to die?
These should be simple responses, like, “Jesus died on the cross for our sins” or “Jesus died so we could be forgiven.”

Note: If you don’t feel that your child understands either what sin is or that Jesus died to take our sins away, then simply table the discussion. You might say something like, “I’d like us to keep talking about this more over the next few months.”

What did Jesus do on the Cross?

…when we ask Jesus to forgive us and we say or confess our sins out loud? Most responses will be very simple, like, “Jesus takes away our sins.”

What Happens to our Sin…

If yes, then great! This is the best part. Here is a prayer you may use. Have your child repeat each line after you.

“Dear Jesus, I am a sinner and I need you to save me. Thank you for dying on the cross. Because of this, I am forgiven. I want you to be the leader of my life. Help me live my life for you. Amen.”

Do You Want to Ask Jesus to be Lord of Your Life?


You’ve just led your child into a relationship with Jesus!


Please let us know that you prayed with your child today. We want to celebrate this great news with you and your child!