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Grow and Go - Spiritual Growth- Session #2

THE FIVE MEANS OF SPIRITUAL GROWTH – PRAY

MATERIALS: Print Game 1 signs for the Prayer walk. Photocopy all Bible Verse Visual Aids for colouring. Photocopy Sword Play Tracks.

AS KIDS ARRIVE PRIOR TO THE LESSON:
Welcome Teacher/Trainers, Trainers and students. Get the children to colour all the Bible Verse Visual Aids.

1. GAMES: (10 minutes)
PRAYER WALK:
Place signs on the wall in a designated area. Such as HOME, SCHOOL, CHURCH, HOSPITAL, POLICE STATION, AFRICA etc. Children will walk from sign to sign and say a short prayer, (either silently or together as a class), for the people who live or work in each place!

2. TEAM GAMES: (10 minutes)
PRAYER ROBOT:
Divide the class into two teams. Select two pre-selected adults to be the ‘Robots’, they stand in front of the two teams. The children have to give the ‘Robot’ instructions for simple tasks like, ‘Eat a sweet’ They must tell Robot to pick up the sweet, unwrap the sweet, place the sweet in his mouth, chew the sweet, swallow the sweet etc. Have a selection of instructions the team to finish first is the winner.

Explain to the children that God does not want us to be like human robots. When we pray, God wants us to pray from deep within our hearts and talk to Him as our Heavenly Father, telling Him everything. We should not just repeat prayers without putting our hearts into it as a robot would.

3. ACTIVE PRAISE CHORUS:
(10 minutes)

Optional: Download 'Read your Bible Pray everyday' Music video, sheet music and lyrics



 
 

 

4. INTIMATE WORSHIP: (5 minutes)

Optional: Download 'Whisper a prayer' Music video, sheet music and lyrics

Prayer: Our Heavenly Father help us to watch and pray so that we will not fall into temptation. Our spirit is willing, but our flesh is weak. Jesus told us were were always to pray and not give up. So we thank you for this teaching on prayer.

5. TEACHING:
a) Review

Remember the Bible hand demonstration?

Optional: Download ''The Bible is our guide' video

What does the thumb finger represent? (Reading the Bible)
What does the Index finger represent? (Study the Bible)
What does the middle finger represent? (Memorize the Bible)
What does the ‘ring’ finger represent? (Meditate on the Bible)
What does the little finger represent? (Hearing the Word)

Optional: Download 'Spiritual Growth' Visual Aid

 

b. Sword Play
Ready…Swords up…Colossians 1: 3… CHARGE

We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you. (Colossians 1: 3)

Optional: Download Bible Verse Visual Aid.

c) Teaching the Lesson - Five Means to Spiritual Growth:Pray: (Talk to God)

Download Session #2 Spiritual Growth Series Visual Aids

Introduction:

Is there anything we cannot talk with God about? (No)

To live closer to Jesus, it is important that you faithfully pray. It is good to have a fixed time of prayer every day. We can also pray at any time during the day, (at mealtime, before a test, when you are happy or sad, if we are unhappy about something or someone, if we are sick, or any time you want to talk to God.)

The "Five Finger Prayer"

First, I want you to put your hands together in front of you as if you are praying. Keep your eyes open so that you can see your hands. You will notice that the closest finger to you is the thumb. Since it is the closest to you, the thumb reminds you to pray for those that are closest to you. Pray for your parents and your brothers or sisters.

Optional: Download 'Five Finger Prayer' Visual Aid

The next finger is called your index finger. It is used for pointing. Let this finger remind you to pray for those that point you in the right direction. Pray for your teachers at school, your Sunday School teacher, and your pastor.

The middle finger is the tallest finger. This finger reminds us to pray for our leaders. Pray for Leaders, administrators, the president or Prime Minister and other leaders in our government and those who are leaders in our town.

The fourth finger is the called the ring finger. Did you know that this is the weakest of all the fingers? Just ask any one who plays the piano and they will tell you that is true. Let this finger remind you to pray for those who are weak, troubled and sick.

The last little finger is the smallest finger. The Bible says, "Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought." Let the little finger remind you to pray for yourself.

The five W's of prayer:
Who should pray? Anyone! Anyone who needs God's help or anyone who has received God's blessing should pray -- and that is all of us.
What should we pray about? Anything! We should pray for healing when we are sick and for forgiveness from sin. We should offer prayers of thanks when we are happy, and ask for help in times of trouble.
When should we pray? Anytime! If we should pray when we are in trouble, when we are sick, when we are happy, or when we have sinned, that is just about any time, isn't it?
Where should we pray? Anywhere! If we should pray any time we need God's help, then I guess it just makes sense that we should pray anywhere we are, because wherever we are, God is there!
Why should we pray? Because God answers prayer! Prayer is powerful and effective and that if we will pray, God will hear our prayers, heal the sick, and forgive our sins.

Extracts from www.sermons4kids.com

6. APPLICATION/ENCOUNTERING GOD: Encourage the children to come and practice the "Five Finger Prayer".

CLOSING PRAYER:

Dear Heavenly Father we lift up our parents, our brothers and sisters or family and friends to you now in prayer.
We pray for all who teach us, our teacher at school, our Pastor give them patience, wisdom and revelation.
We bring before you in prayer our leaders, administrators, the Prime Minister and other leaders in our government and those who are leaders in our town give us godly, honest leaders.
We remember those who are weak, troubled and sick give them strength and healing in Jesus name.
Father help me to obey my parents and guardians, help me to be a good student at school and obey my teachers. Teach me your ways and help me to follow, in Jesus name I pray Amen.

TAKE HOME BIBLE VERSE:

Print the Take Home Bible Verse one for each child.

DOWNLOAD Take Home Bible Verse Visual Aid

TAKE HOME ACTIVITY:

‘Take Home Activity Quiz’ books are available for the children at the end of this session

DOWNLOAD Take Home Activity Quiz Book

Children's Sermons from Sermons 4 Kids | Object Lessons...

NEXT WEEK: Will teach us to worship in Spirit from our hearts or from within. Not formal, ceremonial, external worship with a heart that is not right with God. Keep our hearts pure and our lives clean as we lift up holy hands to worship Him.

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