LESSON 3: The Purpose of Prayer

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The third Sunday school lesson of a series that  introduces children to the purposes of prayer. 


Christian Living, Confession, Fellowship, Graditude, Praise, Prayer

AS KIDS ARRIVE (10 minutes)

What's My Purpose? (Activity) Click here
As the children arrive give them a copy of the handout. The handout has pictures of several different things. Below each item is space for them to write what they think the purpose of the item is. Ask them to share the answers they came up with for prayer (the praying hands). List these on the board.


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MEMORY WORK (12 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 NIV

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.


In the last two weeks we will learned that prayer is communicating or talking with God and that we should pray earnestly and not half heartily. Today we will discuss the purpose of prayer or in other words what do I pray for? The word ACTS will help you remember what to pray for.

A = Adoration
Adore God, love Him and praise Him for who He is.

"Yours, O LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is yours. Yours, O LORD, is the kingdom; you are exalted as head over all." 1 Chronicles 29:11

C = Confession
Admit your sins to God, ask for His forgiveness through faith that Jesus died for our sins.

"If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness." 1 John 1:9

T = Thanksgiving
Thank God for answered prayers, for the good things He has done in your life. For growth.
"Always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ."
Ephesians 5:20

S = Supplication
Pray for your family and friends, for those who are sick or sad. Pray for those who are not Christians yet. Pray for your own spiritual growth and any other needs that you may have.

"Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you." Matthew 7:7

Discussion Questions:
1) What is a good word to remember when you're trying to remember the purpose of prayer? (ACTS)
2) What does the letter A in the word acts remind us to pray for? (Adoration)
3) What does the letter C in the word acts remind us to pray for? (Confession)
4) What does the letter T in the word acts remind us to pray for? (Thanksgiving)
5) What does the letter S in the word acts remind us to pray for? (Supplication)

CLASS EXERCISE (15 minutes)

Purpose of Prayer (Activity) Click here

APPLICATION (12 minutes)

Today we learned the purpose of prayer. A neat way to remember the purpose of prayer, is to remember the word ACTS. We can pray for A - Adoration of God, C - Confession, T - Thanksgiving and S - Supplication. We also learned that God wants to be involved in our lives on a daily basis, so we need to pray, read our Bibles and acknowledge that the world we live in was created by God. Look around you, see the beauty, and be thankful.

Prayer Practice:
Spend some time practicing prayer. Assign one of the letters of ACTS to four different and willing children. One can give a prayer of adoration, how great is our God. A second child can give a prayer asking God to forgive everyone when they sin. The next child can give a prayer of thankfulness for all the blessings God gives. Finally, the fourth child can pray for someone in the church who needs special comfort, healing, or wisdom.


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CLOSING PRAYER (2 minutes)

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Give one copy to each child at the end of the class to take home. Click here for NIV or KJV [PDF]