Nov 9: Day of Prayer and Worship
About prayer… from a child’s perspective.
On Sunday we had a Day of Prayer and Worship in Kids Zone Elementary.
Our Verse for the day was Ephesians 6:18: “And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.”
We began with Worship through song, then rotated through 8 different stations.
Station 1- We decorated “prayer hands”, each finger representing something to prayer for.
o Thumb- things closest to your heart (personal requests, worries, fears, concerns)
o Pointer- people who show the way (pastors, parents, teachers etc.)
o Middle –those who stand tall (those in leadership, Prime Minister, Premier, Mayor etc.)
o Ring- those you love most (Friends and Family)
o Pinky-those who are weak (sick, poor, at risk, abused)
Station 2- Prayed through the different categories of the prayer hands.
Station 3- Talked about Prayer as a Discipline
Setting aside a specific time each day in which we spend time praying is an important part of creating a habit of prayer in our lives.
Here are some examples of times and ways to pray. What others can you think of?
- Pray while drawing or doing art.
- Pray on your bus ride to or from school.
- Pray for the people or places that you see during a day.
- Have a jar full of marbles, cars, or any object in your room. When you pray take them all out and put 1 back at a time as you say a prayer to God.
- Pray while you exercise, walk, run, do drills in sports.
- If you can’t fall asleep at night, or wake up during the night…use that awake time to talk with God and pray for the things that come to mind.
Station 4- The Lord’s Prayer
Matthew 6:9-13: “This, then, is how you should pray: “‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one”. For yours is the kingdom the power and the glory forever and ever Amen
- Why does Jesus teach us to pray starting off with recognizing that God is our Father?
- What does it mean to Honoring God?
- How can we honor him in prayer?
- What is God’s Kingdom?
- What does it mean for His will to be done on earth?
- What is our daily bread?
- Why is forgiveness for our sins important?
- Why should we forgiving others for their sins against us?
- Why should we pray for protection/wisdom in temptation?
- Why does the prayer end declaring God’s : Kingdom, Power, Glory, Forever and ever?
Station 5- International Snacks/ Prayer for Missions
We enjoyed a few snacks from around the world:
“Tim Tam’s” – Australia
“white rice” – Asia
“tortilla’s and salsa” South America
“Samosas” – Africa
And then prayed together for missions, and believers in other countries.
Station 6- James 5:13-16
“Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise. Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.”
What is Prayer?
Can we pray when we are happy?
Can we pray when we are sick?
Is the prayer of a righteous person powerful and effective? If so why do you think it is?
Station 7- Game to help us understand the Holy Spirit’s role in prayer.
Romans 8:26-27: In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.
-We don’t always know what to pray for (what is God’s will); just like it is hard to get the ball in the basket when you can see because of the curtain.
-But the Spirit “intercedes for us”- the dictionary says :”to act or interpose In behalf of someone in difficulty or trouble, as by pleading or petition.”He brings our prayers and requests to God and helps line them up with God’s will. Just like when one of our team members when behind the curtain to help the ball go in the basket.
Station 8- Matthew 6:5-8/ Attitude of Prayer
“And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.
Does God listen to our prayers because we use many fancy words?
Is the goal of prayer to be heard by other people and for them to think we are good a praying?
What is the goal of prayer?
Does God know what we want and need before we ask?
“I Pray” International Day of Prayer for Kids
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