This week we are talking about prayer! Start by asking the following question: What are some things that you think about when you think of prayer?
First, let’s take a minute and open our hearts and ears to God.
God, we thank you that you are here with us. We give you our hearts and our minds. We ask you to come and speak to us and help us to listen and to obey what you say to us. Thank you that we are your children and we belong to you!
Prayer is talking and listening to God. There are so many different ways to do it, just like there are lots of ways to talk to and hang out with friends.
Now let’s write down the 4 letters we learned that spell PRAY. As you recall each letter and what it means, write it down on a large piece of paper, a letter board, chalk board or white board. Talk about what each word means.
Then take some time to talk about prayer with your family! Below are some questions you can use to guide your discussion:
- How does it make you feel to know that you can talk to God anytime?
- What parts of the P.R.A.Y. are the easiest for you?
- Which parts do you sometimes forget when you’re praying?
- When is your favorite time in the day to pray?
- What things can we do as a family or by ourselves to help us to remember to pray?
EGC KIDS TIP: Today you’re going to make prayer notebooks to write down your prayers and how God speaks! There are some simple instructions below to make small, pocket-sized books out of any paper you have at home. You can make one per child or keep a prayer notebook for your whole family. You could also use a small journal or notebook that you already have at home.
- Cut 2 8 ½” x 11″ paper pages in half the short way.
- Fold the pages in half
- Staple the books along the fold as a binding (or tape the pages together at the binding).
- Decorate the covers!
- How will your notebook help or remind you to talk to God this week? (Write down what you prayed about, write down answers God gave you, write a prayer poem, write out the Lord’s prayer, draw pictures of what God shows you)
Our Remember Verse is Philippians 4:6-7 NIV. This week, we’re going to learn a song to help us memorize our verse!
EGC KIDS TIP: There are some fun motions to go along with our Remember Verse song over on our Worship Page if you want an extra challenge! If you learn the motions, be sure to show us! Tag @egckidschurch on Instagram or Facebook in your posts!
If you would like a printable version of this week’s Remember Verse, click on the link below.
STEP 1: Get out your prayer notebooks.
STEP 2: Let’s pray through our P.R.A.Y. example.
P PRAISE: Pray and thank God for who He is and how He’s been faithful to you.Thank Him for answering some prayers you prayed. This might be a good time to draw a picture of God that reminds you of some way He shows Himself to you (strong, faithful, loving etc.).
R REPENT: Ask God to forgive you for bad choices, bad attitudes and disobedience. Think of some things that you need to ask Him specifically about. Thank Him for giving you a million do-overs. Ask Him to fill you with His Spirit to help you make good choices, have good attitudes and obey Him.
A ASK: Pray for people that you know who need God’s help. Talk to Him about the things on your heart. You might want to write these things down in your journal.
Y YIELD: Listen for what God says. Sit quietly and ask God to speak to you. Draw a picture or write what He says to you. Ask God to be the boss of your life.
Take turns blessing each other with this blessing:
“I bless you to grow in prayer in all it’s different forms. May you hear from God clearly and have a heart of obedience towards Him all the days of your life.”
FOR PARENTS: There are so many different ways to pray and things that can help us cultivate a lifestyle of prayer! The above P.R.A.Y format is a simple way you can introduce your children to different forms of prayer. If you’re looking for additional resources, EGC has compiled a prayer book that includes several prayer models to help you cultivate a deeper, fuller, and more engaging prayer life. You can download the book for free here!