Entries in prayer (9)

Monday
Jan282019

0–5 Lesson Plan: What Can My Prayers Do? 

Note to parent or teacher: Here is a 30-minute 0–5 lesson plan on the power of one’s prayers and how to use them to help others, draw closer to Jesus, make a difference, express gratitude, and more.

Read the first page of “Prayer Can….” Then, starting on pages two and three, after each point covered in the article, talk about what prayers can do and how prayers can make a difference. For example, ask, “How can prayer draw you closer to Jesus?” Some possible answers could be: Because when you pray, you are talking to Jesus; or when you pray, you can also listen to Jesus and hear what He has to say, etc.

ReadHow Far Can Prayers Go?

Have the children list three people who could use your prayers, either because they would benefit from help with doing something, are sick, or are in need of something. Then take a few minutes to pray for those people, asking God to be with them and help them in their situations.

ReadMy Little Talks with Jesus: I’m never too busy to hear your prayers” and “Make a Difference.”

Have each child draw a picture of something that they would like Jesus’ help with, either personally or for someone else. In a corner of their picture, write the verse: “The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective” (James 5:16 NIV). Encourage them to put the picture by their beds so they are reminded to pray for that situation when they lie down for sleep each night.

Close by praising Jesus for the power of prayer. Thank Him for His help to use prayer throughout the day not only to ask Him for help or for things, but also to praise Him for His loving care.

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Compiled by My Wonder Studio staff.
Published by My Wonder Studio. Copyright © 2019 by The Family International

Wednesday
Sep172014

Level 1 Lesson Plan: Praying for Others

Note to parent or teacher: Here is a 20- to 30-minute lesson plan that highlights the lesson objective: “Learn of the need to pray for others, as well as prayer for oneself; learn that to pray is the greatest action one can take to bring about good results.” (Christian Life and Faith: A Personal Connection with Jesus: Prayer-1g)

Pray the first prayer of “Pray a Way: Caring for Others,” then read 1 Timothy 2:1.

Read The Ripple Effect.” If you remember a time when you witnessed the “ripple effect” of a prayer, share it with your children.

Read Follow Through—Pray

Create a “Prayer Wheel,” using the blank wheel to add pictures of people you’d like to remember to pray for every day; for example, your parents, your brother or sister, your grandparents, your teacher.

Read Prayer Lights the Fuse.”

Explore what the ripple effect might be of one of the prayers you prayed for another today. A fun activity could be made of this. You remind the children of what the prayer was for. Then one of the children explains the answer to that prayer. Another person then explores a potential ripple effect of the answer to that prayer. Take turns talking about further potential ripple effects that can result down the line due to that prayer.

Additional material:

If you have other suggestions of supplemental material, or additional activities in teaching this topic, please share your ideas and tips by commenting below. We look forward to hearing from you.

S&S link: Christian Life and Faith: A Personal Connection with Jesus: Prayer-1g

Contributed by My Wonder Studio staff.
Copyright © 2014 by The Family International

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DOC: Level 1 Lesson Plan: Praying for Others (Portuguese)
DOC: Level 1 Lesson Plan: Praying for Others (Spanish)

Wednesday
Mar192014

Level 1 Lesson Plan: Put on God’s Armor

Note to parent or teacher: Here is a 30- to 40-minute lesson plan on the following lesson objectives:

Listen toEphesians 6:10–18” and follow along in a King James Bible, or read this passage in another version. 

Prepare and assemble The Armor of God Paper Dolls.” (Note: By doing this activity at the beginning of the class, it allows for the children to put each piece on a figure that relates to the point in the class. If preferred, this activity can be done later.)

ReadThe Armor of God,” pausing after pages 2, 3, and 4 to study the following points more closely.

Listen to the song “The Whole Armor of God.”

Additional material:

If you have other suggestions of supplemental material, or additional activities in teaching this topic, please share your ideas and tips by commenting below. We look forward to hearing from you.

S&S link: Christian Life and Faith: Biblical and Christian Foundation: God’s Word-1b; Christian Life and Faith: Biblical and Christian Foundation: Faith-1a; Christian Life and Faith: Biblical and Christian Foundation: Salvation-1a; (Christian Life and Faith: A Personal Connection with Jesus: Prayer-1g

Compiled by My Wonder Studio staff.
Copyright © 2014 by The Family International

 

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DOC: Level 1 Lesson Plan: Put on God's Armor (Portuguese)
DOC: Level 1 Lesson Plan: Put on God's Armor (Spanish)


Wednesday
Nov202013

Level 1 Lesson Plan: Focused Prayers

Note to parent or teacher: Here is a 20- to 30-minute lesson plan on the following lesson objective: “Learn how to employ the power of prayer by evoking the spiritual promises that God has given through His Word; study Bible verses on God’s promises to hear and answer prayer.” (Christian Life and Faith: A Personal Connection with Jesus: Prayer-1f)

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Read Thought Power” and think of times during the day when one could turn a thought into prayer. Talk about the types of prayers one could send up in those situations.

Understand how when you are on the go, simple prayers are good, like the simple prayers on page 7. However, when you are able to devote more time to prayer, you can include more in the prayer, such as praise, a Bible promise, and more specifics about the request.

ReadThink to Jesus.”

ReadPrayer Pointers.” To portray an unfocused prayer, tell the children a short story about something that took place, but do it while you are running around the room, including going in and out of the room. Ask the children if they understood the story. Then repeat the story while standing or sitting still and looking at the children. Ask the children which version of the story was easiest to understand.

Memorize a verse from “Crazily Cool Card Set: Prayer” and / or review the verses already memorized from this set.

Brainstorm a list of things that would be worthwhile to pray for in advance.

Assemble a “Prayer Pointers Die.” Take turns rolling the die and praying for a prayer request using the method that comes up on the die—“Praying on Target,” “Praying with Joy,” “Praying in Advance.”

Remember to claim a promise for your prayer requests. Having a set of Crazily Cool Cards on hand can be helpful in finding Bible promises to claim in prayer, especially “All My Needs,” “Prayer,” “Hearing from Jesus,” and “Want Some Power,” but don’t be limited to these subjects.

Create a “Prayer Flower” for a member of your family or for a friend. Post this in a place where you will be reminded to pray for the requests on the flower.

Wrap up your class with Pray a Way: Friends and Loved Ones.

Additional material:

If you have other suggestions of supplemental material, or additional activities in teaching this topic, please share your ideas and tips by commenting below. We look forward to hearing from you.

S&S link: Christian Life and Faith: A Personal Connection with Jesus: Prayer-1f

Compiled by My Wonder Studio staff.
Copyright © 2013 by The Family International

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DOC: Level 1 Lesson Plan: Focused Prayers (Portuguese)
DOC: Level 1 Lesson Plan: Focused Prayers (Spanish)

Thursday
May162013

Level 1 Lesson Plan: Jesus Hears Our Prayers

Note to parent or teacher: Here is a 20-minute lesson plan on the following lesson objectives:

Listen toHe Heareth Us.” Highlight the promise in this scripture that God hears their prayers.

ReadHow I Love Your Prayers.” Pause after each page and ask the children to remember a time when they’ve prayed for someone else or themselves similar to any of the points brought out in this article’s list.

If one of your children or someone they know needs prayer for a point that is mentioned, say a prayer and again read a Bible promise from the page that supports your prayer.

Talk about how God answers our prayers, but sometimes we don’t notice immediate results because the time has to be right to receive the answer. Sometimes, He also doesn’t answer in the way we expect Him to. However, we can be assured that God is working to answer even if we don’t understand how or see the results right away.

Read Prayer Magnets.”

Read The Lord’s Prayer.” You can also find an audio of the prayer to listen to here.

ReadBookend Prayers with Praise.” Point out how the Lord’s Prayer also begins and ends with praise. At the beginning, Jesus says that God’s name is hallowed, which means His name deserves great respect. The Lord’s Prayer ends with the praise, “For Yours is the kingdom and power and glory.”

Listen toMorning Prayer.” If you like, at the end of the class you can encourage the children to sing the chorus as a prayer for the day:

 Please come and walk with me today, 
 And guide my steps along Your way. 
 Help me to keep my thoughts on You, 
 And pray before each thing I do. 
 And pray before each thing I do.

If you have other suggestions of supplemental material, or additional activities in teaching this topic, please share your ideas and tips by commenting below. We look forward to hearing from you.

S&S link: Christian Life and Faith: A Personal Connection with Jesus: Prayer-1acd

Compiled by My Wonder Studio Staff
Copyright 2013 by The Family International

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DOC: Level 1 Lesson Plan: Jesus Hears Our Prayers (Portuguese)
DOC: Level 1 Lesson Plan: Jesus Hears Our Prayers (Spanish)

Saturday
Mar302013

Level 2 Lesson Plan: Hero of the Month: Elijah

Note to parent or teacher: This lesson plan on Elijah highlights the following lesson objectives: “Learn of more of the lives of the great men and women of the Bible; learn of importunity in prayer, and how there are times when God expects one to persevere in prayer before He brings the answer.” (Christian Life and Faith: Witnessing and Missionary Training: Great Men and Women of God-2a; Christian Life and Faith: A Personal Connection with Jesus: Prayer-2d)

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ReadHero of the Month: Elijah.”

Listen to “An Audio Bible Adventure: Make Me a Cake” (runtime: 6:13). The widow of Zarephath had been gathering wood so she could cook one last cake of bread for herself and her son before their food ran out. But when God's prophet told her to bake him a cake first, God was testing her to see if she'd be willing to put Him first. Discuss how even if you don't have much to give, God will bless a giving heart, no matter how small the gift. Look up the story of the widow’s mite in Mark 12:41–44.

Listen to “An Audio Bible Adventure: Fire from Heaven” (runtime: 10:34). It probably wasn’t easy for Elijah to confront King Ahab and the prophets of Baal on Mount Caramel for a showdown, but Elijah expected God to do a miracle. Where do you think Elijah’s courage and conviction came from? (Through prayer and spending time with God.)

Read of some of the other miracles that Elijah performed:

  • Ÿ   The ceasing of rain for three and a half years (1 Kings 17:1)
  • Ÿ   The food brought by ravens (1 Kings 17:4)
  • Ÿ   The miracle of the barrel of meal and cruse of oil (1 Kings 17:14)
  • Ÿ   The resurrection of the widow's son (1 Kings 17:22)
  • Ÿ   The calling of fire from heaven on the altar (1 Kings 18:38)
  • Ÿ   The causing of rain after the drought (1 Kings 18:45)
  • Ÿ   The parting of the Jordan (2 Kings 2:8)
  • Ÿ   The prophecy that Elisha should have a double portion of his spirit (2 Kings 2:10)

DoHero of the Month Coloring Page: Elijah.”

DoHero of the Month Quiz: Elijah.

If you have other suggestions of supplemental material, or additional activities in teaching this topic, please share your ideas and tips by commenting below. We look forward to hearing from you.

S&S link: Christian Life and Faith: Witnessing and Missionary Training: Great Men and Women of God-2a; Christian Life and Faith: A Personal Connection with Jesus: Prayer-2d

Contributed by My Wonder Studio staff.
Copyright © 2013 The Family International

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DOC: Level 2 Lesson Plan: Hero of the Month: Elijah (Spanish)
DOC: Level 2 Lesson Plan: Hero of the Month: Elijah (Portuguese)

Wednesday
Feb132013

Level 1 Lesson Plan: Your Best Friend

Note to parent or teacher: Here is a 40-minute lesson plan on the following lesson objectives:

Part 1: Jesus Is Here for You

Listen toMe and You.” (For those who enjoy coloring, you can download the accompanying illustration.)

Read Romans 8:38–39. (See also the “Crazily Cool Card” that accompanies this verse.)

ReadYour Best Friend Ever.” After reading pages 1 and 2, encourage the children to think about a recent experience they enjoyed, and then imagine how Jesus was there with them during that time.

                After reading page 3, ask them to think of something difficult they remember facing, and to think about how Jesus was with them during that as well, helping and caring for them. Perhaps you can help them see how Jesus’ help and presence was manifested by how they were able to smile through their tears during that difficulty, or in some other way. If the difficulty was the passing of a loved one, such as a grandparent, take time to talk about how though they can’t see their loved one, he or she is alive with Jesus, and happy.

                Reflect on Romans 8:38–39 and how during both good and bad times Jesus was with them (“For I am sure that neither death nor life … nor height nor depth … will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord”).

ReadHappiness Above Problems.”

Read or listen to the audio of “Lost and Found.”

View Slidecast: The Fountain of God’s Love.”

Part 2: Talk with Jesus

Finish reading Your Best Friend Ever,” pages 4–7.

ReadBring Jesus into All You Do

Read Call Me Friend.” (Tip: This views better in PDF form.)

Read In Our Tent.”

Read Invisible but Here.”

Interact with Jesus: Over the next few days, encourage the children that they can talk to Jesus during activities they are engaged in, or tell Him about their day, helping them to experience Jesus as a personal friend.

Memorize a verse from “Crazily Cool Card Set: Jesus—Your Best Friend.”

Spend A Little Time with Jesus.”

Additional listening, reading, and activities:

If you have other suggestions of supplemental material, or additional activities in teaching this topic, please share your ideas and tips by commenting below. We look forward to hearing from you.

S&S link: Christian Life and Faith: A Personal Connection with Jesus: Jesus, Your Best Friend-1abc

Compiled by My Wonder Studio staff.
Copyright © 2013 by The Family International

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DOC: Level 1 Lesson Plan: Your Best Friend (Spanish)
DOC: Level 1 Lesson Plan: Your Best Friend (Portuguese)

Monday
Apr302012

0–5 Lesson Plan: Prayer Is Listening to Jesus

Note to parent or teacher: Here’s a 20-minute lesson plan on prayer and listening to Jesus.

Listen to “Magic Lamp.”

ReadBright Pebbles: Jesus Leads Us.”

Read the story of Samuel in a children’s picture Bible, or watch this animation of the story.

Read the story “Hush, Gio and Pookie!” Do the accompanying coloring pages.

ReadInvisible but Here.”

With your child, list times when he may be faced with a circumstance where it would be helpful to pause and pray and receive Jesus’ guidance.

ReadBright Pebbles: When We Listen to Jesus.”

Pray a praise prayer thanking Jesus for the guidance and direction that He gives to us when we ask.

Additional reading:

If you have other suggestions of supplemental material, or additional activities for teaching this topic, please share your ideas and tips by commenting below. We look forward to hearing from you.

Compiled by My Wonder Studio staff.
Copyright © 2012 by The Family International

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DOC: 0–5 Lesson Plan: Prayer Is Listening to Jesus (Spanish)
DOC: 0–5 Lesson Plan: Prayer Is Listening to Jesus (Portuguese)

Monday
Apr022012

0–5 Lesson Plan: Prayer Is Talking with Jesus

Note to parent or teacher: Here’s a 20-minute lesson plan on prayer and talking with Jesus.

Listen to the song “Say a Little Prayer.

ReadBright Pebbles: A Special Kind of Treasure Hunt.”

Read the story “The Miracle Ride.”

Recount a time when Jesus answered a prayer that you or your child prayed.

Read the story “The Little Red Bus.

Discuss how just like mothers and fathers on earth love to give their children good gifts, our heavenly Father loves to do the same for us. Jesus tells us, “So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask him” (Matthew 7:11 NLT).

Look up and read Psalm 100:4. (“Enter his gates with thanksgiving; go into his courts with praise. Give thanks to him and praise his name.” NLT) Talk about how we should begin our prayers with thanks to Jesus for all that He does for us; discuss why this makes our prayers more powerful.

WatchThe Lord’s Prayer.” (Up to 1:17.)

Pray a praise prayer thanking Jesus for being our heavenly Father and always supplying our needs.

Additional material:

If you have other suggestions of supplemental material, or additional activities for teaching this topic, please share your ideas and tips by commenting below. We look forward to hearing from you.

Compiled by My Wonder Studio staff.
Copyright © 2012 by The Family International

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DOC: 0–5 Lesson Plan: Prayer Is Talking with Jesus (Spanish)
DOC: 0–5 Lesson Plan: Prayer Is Talking with Jesus (Portuguese)