The children will:-
Bible Story Reference: Matthew 6:5-13
Psalm 88:13 (NIV)
Lord, I call to You for help every morning…
(Write the names Martha, Makau, Kamau Ochieng Eli, Hannah, Wafula and Samuel on a paper or board). As you read the names the children should stand for the right answer and sit for the wrong answers.
Last week, you that learnt that you should tell God about your pain and believe that He cares for you. Even when the answer we want takes a long time to come.
Sing: Give one child a Bible to hold as everyone sings the song below to the tune of “The B.I.B.L.E”
I listen carefully
I will also pray, and then obey
The B.I.B.L.E (The Bible)
Tell the children that any time you shout “stop”, the child holding the Bible should stand up, clap their hands three times as they shout, “PRAY EVERY DAY”.
Say after me: Monday-1 Tuesday-2, Wednesday-3, Thursday-4, Friday-5, Saturday-6, Sunday-7
[Repeat the days of the week 3 times. Begin slowly, then fast and finally extremely fast with standing and clapping the number of days of the week. For example, Monday they clap once, Tuesday-twice, and so on – resume with singing the song and passing the Bible when they are done and repeat this a couple of times. On the last go, have every child shout the phrase as they clap their hands]
Prayer is talking to God. When you love someone – your mum, dad, friend, cousin, grandparents, you want to talk to them. You love talking to them. Prayer is important because you love God and He loves you and wants you to talk to Him. The Bible teaches how to talk to God and today, you will learn about how God would like you to pray.
One day Jesus’ closest friends asked Him to teach them to pray. Jesus told them that they should keep their prayers simple. God listens to you when you pray (you do not need to use big, hard words) like, ‘God
you are unchanging’. Just say, ‘God you do not change’. Jesus also mentioned that we should not show off when we pray. Like some people used to do. They would stand on the street corners praying loudly so that everyone would see what ‘good Christians’ they were.
God does not want you to pray so people can see you or hear how well you can pray. He wants you to pray in a quiet place. Using your own words about your needs. Thanking and praising God. Telling God you are sorry for the bad things you do.
After saying these few things, this is how Jesus told us we should pray. [Read the prayer to the children]:
Our Father who art (is) in heaven,
Hallowed (Holy) be your name.
Thy (Your) kingdom come.
Thy (Your) will be done on earth,
As it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
Lead us not into trials,
But deliver us from evil:
For Thine is thy (Your) kingdom, the power, and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.
This is a very good prayer for you to learn when you are small. Daddies and mummies or uncles and aunties, brothers and sisters, teachers and pastors should help you to learn this important prayer.
Pray all the time. Any time you can pray for needs, for people, for all the other things Jesus taught in the Lord’s prayer.
Hand Print Prayer Hand
What You Need
Place your hand on the piece of paper and trace it.
Write on the thumb “Praise God”, on the index finger “Confess your sins”, on the middle finger “Thank God”, on the ring finger “Pray for others” and the small finger “Pray for yourself”.
Using the pair of scissors cut out the hand. Your praying hand is ready!