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    Showing posts with label Prayer Time. Show all posts
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    Saturday, January 10, 2015

    How many times have you heard a child say, "I don't know how to pray" or "I don't know what to
    say" when you ask them to pray? While this may be all right for very small children, it is extremely important for kids to learn to pray as soon as possible - actually, for us ALL to know how.

    For most of us, we pray without giving it a second thought about if we are doing it right or wrong. And for the most part, as long as we are talking to God, it can't be truly wrong. But, it can be so much more right!

    In this Sunday school lesson, you'll find out what your Sunday school kids know about praying and may learn a thing or two yourself - I did.

    Sunday School Lesson on Prayer


    Before beginning your lesson, ask the kids if they have anything they would like the class to pray about. While taking prayer requests, take a few notes on what the kids say. You'll probably hear things like: pray for my mom and dad, my dog is sick, a kid in my class got hurt, my daddy's working, or even I'm sick.

    Write these things down as you will use them later in the lesson.

    Once you've taken prayer requests, go over the following verse.

    1 Thessalonians 5:17 KJV
    Pray without ceasing.

    After you go over this verse a few times, ask the kids what it means to pray without ceasing. You'll
    find that often kids will repeat bible verses without actually thinking about what they mean. As they process the meaning, you may get a few questions about how you can pray all the time or pray without stopping.

    This is where you want your kid's train of thought to be as you start the Sunday school activity below. This activity will be your lesson as well. You'll find that by doing this activity, the kids will learn so much more about praying than by just 'telling' them how to do it.

    Let's begin.

    Note: The following activity was inspired by a lesson from Kids' Travel Guide to the Armor of God.

    Gather these items or come up with some of your own: pencils, paper, a picture of your pastor, a photo of your church, food items, drinks, articles of clothing, and a mirror.

    Divide up the items into stations around the room. Then, divide the kids up into groups for each station.

    Tip: The pencil and paper can be used to draw family members, friends, pets, etc. You can decide on this by what the prayer requests were at the beginning.

    The purpose of these stations is to get kids thinking about what God has given them and what each one means to them. For instance, the articles of clothing may spark thoughts of having warm clothes to wear or money to buy the clothes. But what about, the child that sits next to them in school that doesn't have many clothes or kids in other countries that don't have socks or warm coats to wear?

    The mirror will represent them looking inside themselves. Kids may think about the outward appearance, but what about how they can be better Christians or live the way God wants. Maybe some kids have trouble controlling their temper or always are wanting something they don't need.

    The food and drinks will let them see that God gives this to them and they need to be thankful. Also, there are many who don't have food and water. This is something we need to pray about as well.

    Get the kids thinking outside the box!

    Walk through the stations with your kids and talk about each one before you let them begin their own journey through each station. By walking through each one with them, you will be able to talk about each one and give them some things to help them think outside the box.

    Remember to pray for your pastor. The kids can pray for his health, but also that God gives him wisdom to lead your church as God needs it led or any number of things your pastor may need prayer for.

    Once you have walked through the stations, let the groups go through each one taking time to kneel down and pray.

    It may feel awkward to them at first, but by the time they get through each station it will be less awkward and you may find they are spending more time at each one.

    Finishing the Lesson

    After the kids have finished each station, have them come back to you and sit down. You will need your notes you took of prayer requests at the beginning.

    At this time, you will be asking for prayer requests again here at the end of the lesson. You will find that once the kids have had time to think about the items in each station, their prayer request will have changed a bit.

    This is a good thing as they will have realized that prayer is more about asking for stuff. It is about thanking and praising God for what they have and praying not only for themselves, but for others. Of course, it is good to ask God to help yourself because we can't do it alone! Actually, we can't do it by ourselves at all!

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    Friday, January 17, 2014

    This Sunday school lesson will help you teach kids about the power of prayer. From an early age, kids are taught to say their prayers before bed or maybe even thank God for their food.

    Of course, when there is dire need, we all bow our head and turn to God for help and healing, but there is so much more to prayer time than just these times of your life.

    The bible verse for this lesson is found in 1 Thessalonians 5:17 KJV. Use this verse for your lesson and as a memory verse to learn for the following week. It is simple and easy to learn. It's also great for teachers, so show your kids you are learning it right along with them.

    1 Thessalonians 5:17
     Pray without ceasing.

    Prayer Time
    This picture was taken in 1936 during the Great Depression.
    Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

    The Power of Prayer - Sunday School Lesson

    Begin your lesson by asking, "How many of you want to do what God wants?"

    Wait for hands to be raised. Hopefully, all of your class will want to do what God wants them to do. If you have young children (pre-school or younger), you may have to ask questions to get them to understand what you're asking.
    Train up a child...
    Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

    Some questions you may ask could be:

    "Do you want to make God happy?"
    "Do you want to make God smile?"
    "Do you want Jesus to be proud of you?"

    Once the kids are ready, have them stand up and turn around facing their seat (or on the floor). Have them bow down on their knees and put their head on their hands or even in their hands. Some kids like to pull their shirts up around their head so that no one can see them.

    Ask them to quietly bow their head and think only of God and Jesus. For very small children, have them bow for about 30 seconds, for elementary kids - about 60 seconds, for middle school kids - about 90 seconds, and for teens - about 2 to 3 minutes. If your teens are mature, you may want to have them bow for 5 minutes or longer.

    Tell them that if anything else comes into their mind besides God and Jesus, they are to push it out. Then, concentrate again.

    Believe it or not, just a few quite minutes thinking of God will make a world of difference in the mood of your class.

    Some kids will have a hard time the first couple of times you do this, so before beginning the quiet time with God, be sure to tell them; if playing video games comes into your mind - push it out, if food or soccer comes into your mind - push it out, if your knees begin to hurt - push it out.

    Think only of God or Jesus.

    The Power of Prayer

    Let the kids sit back onto their chair. Before class, have a pencil and small piece of paper ready for each child or teen. While you are handing out the paper and pencils, have the kids think about one thing (or two or three things for teens) they would like God to help them with.

    Be sure to have paper and pencils.
    For instance, some kids may have trouble telling the truth. Others may have trouble with not minding their parents or back talking. Some kids may have a temper.

    Whatever it is the kids think they need God's help with, tell them to write it down on the paper you gave them. For small kids, help them write it and let them hold it.

    After all the kids are finished, have them fold the paper once and hold it in their hand.

    Now, have them get back into the bowing position at their seats.

    This time, instead of having quiet time with God, have them prayer only for the thing they wrote down on their paper.

    Allow as much time as needed for the kids to finish. Teens tend to take much longer, be sure to let them finish without interruption.

    Following Up on The Power of Prayer

    Powerful prayers can lead to miracles! Don't let this prayer time stop at Sunday school. Before the kids leave, ask them to write down their texting numbers or e-mail addresses. Find some way to contact them.

    Text your Sunday School Class
    during the week.
    Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
    For children who don't have cell phones or e-mails, get their parents' numbers.

    Let the kids know that you will be contacting them during the week. Tell them to look for a text or e-mail that will say:

    Pray without ceasing!

    This will serve to remind them to pray for the thing they wrote down on the paper and spend a minute or two quiet time with God.

    The bible tells us:

    Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
    Proverbs 22:6 KJV

    This is your time to make a difference. Don't miss out.

    The power of prayer and quiet with God is amazing. You and your Sunday school class will begin to see this as you practice this each week.

    May God bless you.

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