The children will:-
Bible Story Reference: 1 Kings 18:41-45
Hebrews 11:1 (GNB)
To have faith is to be sure of the things we hope for, to be certain of the things we cannot see.
Elijah was a prophet when Ahab was King (a prophet is someone who receives messages from God to share with God’s people). For a long time (three and half years) there was no rain in the land of Israel. The country had a drought because King Ahab wasn’t a godly King. He encouraged people to worship the idol Baal and mistreated people who worshipped the One true God. One day, Prophet Elijah competed with all the other Prophets of Baal to prove whose God was the one true God and the God of Elijah, the same God we worship today won and after that, everyone believed in God only.
After this occasion, Prophet Elijah told King Ahab to go and eat because there was rain approaching. Elijah had faith that the drought which was a punishment from God was finally going to come to an end because the people now believed in God so he climbed to the top of Mount Carmel, bowed down to the ground, with his head between his knees and prayed to God. Then he asked his servant to go and look towards the sea and see if he could see any clouds.
So the servant went and came back with this report; “I don’t see a thing.” Elijah sent him back again and there was nothing, six times the servant went back and forth and the seventh time the servant said: “I have seen a little cloud no bigger than a man’s hand, coming up from the sea.”
Immediately Elijah knew that God had answered his prayers. He ordered King Ahab to get into his chariot and go back home before the rain came so that he would not get stranded. Surprisingly, within a few minutes, the sky was covered with dark clouds, the wind started blowing and heavy rain started falling. King Ahab got into his chariot and started going back to Jezreel.
From this story, we learn that:
1. We should always have faith when we pray – When Elijah told the king to go and eat because there was rain approaching, Elijah had faith that it was going to rain. Elijah had prayed, asking in faith for God to send the rain because He sensed this was the will of God. To pray with faith is to believe that God can do what we ask for as long as it is according to His plan and for His glory. When you ask God for anything, always believe that God can do it.
2. Have faith that God hears and answers our prayers – When Elijah prayed for rain, He knew God heard him and expected an answer. He was sure God would answer his prayer that he sent his servant seven times to go and look towards the sea while he was still praying to see if rain was coming. When you pray, have faith but also be confident that God hears you and will answer according to His plans. We just need to believe He hears us, and be patient for His answer.
3. Have faith that God is powerful – Elijah knew that God could do the impossible. He knew bringing rain was impossible for man but very possible with God. When he prayed and sent his servant to look out for rain, he had faith in God’s power and ability to bring rain. So after the seventh time of checking, when Elijah’s servant reported that he’d seen a small cloud the size of a man’s hand rising out of the sea, Elijah knew this was evidence of the rain coming slowly and in a small way, but out
of this small evidence God brought heavy rain. God is mighty and powerful and when we pray, we should have faith in His might and power.
Give the children a piece of sticky note/small piece of paper and a pencil.
Instruct them to write down their prayer items then stick them on the manila/whiteboard.
Have the children kneel and pray for the prayer items they wrote down. Encourage them to stretch their hands towards the manila paper/whiteboard (where they stuck their prayer items) as they do so.
Elijah on Mount Carmel
What You Need
On the white paper, make two brown curved brown lines on each of the twelve barrels.
Glue barrels around three sides of white paper.
Number the twelve barrels with a dark crayon.
Glue three rows of four rocks to make an altar, leaving room for a blue trench. (see picture)
Glue six pieces of brown strips of paper on top of the altar. This is the wood.
Cut 6 or 7 pieces of red paper scraps.
Glue red paper on top of the wood.
Draw blue water around the bottom of the altar. (see picture)
Write “Elijah On Mount Carmel” and “1 Kings 18” at the top of the white paper.
Write ” v. 37 ‘Hear me, O LORD, hear me that these people may know that thou art the LORD God, and that thou hast turned their heart back again. The fire of the LORD fell and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood, and the stones and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench.” on the white paper.
Underline in red all the of the things that were burned up from the fire of the LORD. (see picture)