God, Listening, Prayer,
This second lesson of a series of three will introduce children to
the different ways in which we can pray.
KIDS ARRIVE (15 minutes)
to write on the board. As they arrive, tell them to write as many
ways they can think of that they can pray, such as how, where or
when. They may come up with standing, walking, kneeling, bowing,
singing, quietly, lying down, in bed, with hands together, with
outstretched hands, in the morning, at night, etc. After the opening
prayer, have a short discussion about their suggestions.
|OPENING PRAYER AND PRAISES
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|MEMORY WORK (6 minutes)
|"May my prayer be set before you like incense; may the lifting up of my hands be like the evening sacrifice." Psalm 141:2
Before class write each word of the verse on separate index cards.
Say the verse together as a group several times. Divide the kids into
two teams and have a race to see which team can put the verse in the
correct order in the shortest amount of time.
|SCRIPTURE READING AND DISCUSSION
Last week we learned that prayer is communicating or talking with
God. So how should we pray? When we pray, God wants us to pray with
all of our heart (Jeremiah 29:13) We should pray earnestly and not
half heartily. We should not pray just so other people will think
we are godly.
Have the kids find Jeremiah 29:11-13 in their Bibles. Ask for a volunteer
to read the passage, or if you prefer, read the passage to the children
1. Will God listen when we pray? (Yes, God listens to our prayers.)
2. What kind of plans does God have for us? (Plans to prosper, for hope and a future, and plans to keep us from harm.)
3. How can we seek and find God? (We can find God when we earnestly seek Him with all of our hearts.)
4. God wants to give us hope and a __________? (Future.)
5. When we pray we should pray with __________? (All of our hearts.)
|CLASS EXERCISE (15 minutes)
|Human Robot (Activity)
|ALTERNATE CLASS EXERCISE (10 minutes)
|Being Close To God (Activity)
|APPLICATION (2 minutes)
|God does not want us to pray mechanically like robots.
He wants us to pray heart-felt prayers. He wants us to tell Him our
desires, our fears, our hopes, and He wants us to sing songs of joy
to Him when we are happy. Praying before meals and bedtime is good,
but He wants to hear from us more often than that. He wants to be
involved in our lives, to comfort us when we are sad, strengthen us
when we are scared and laugh with us when we are happy. God will give
true meaning and direction to our lives. We need to make Him part
of our lives throughout the day by reading His Word, the Bible and
seeking Him through prayer.
|Come back next week and see how the word ACTS can help
us remember what to pray for.
|CLOSING PRAYER (2 minutes)
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|TAKE HOME PAGE
|Give one copy to each child at the end of the class
to take home. Click here for NIV or KJV