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Bible Story Reference:
Deuteronomy 28:1-12; Genesis 25, 27 & 33; Nehemiah 1 – 3
And to all these qualities add love, which binds all things together in perfect unity.
We learnt in our first lesson about Blessings of fruitfulness. Deuteronomy 28:2 says, “Obey the Lord your God and all these blessings will be yours.” As a nation if we are obedient to the Lord’s commands, then He blesses us with all sorts of blessings including FRUITFULNESS! He blesses our fields and crops and cattle, and everything we do.
Memory verse [GNB]: Psalm 33:12 – Happy is the nation whose God is the Lord; happy are the people He has chosen for His own! – Psalm 33:12
(Optional: For the memory verses, have the boys say the first part of a verse in a loud clear voice, e.g. ‘Happy is the nation whose God is the Lord’, then have the girls say the second part ‘Happy are the people He has chosen for His own.’ After doing it two or three times, have the boys stand and say it then sit, after which the girls stand and say the second part then sit. Do this two or three times then have all the children stand and say the memory verse together.)
Prayer time: Take a minute or two to pray for God to bless our Nation with fruitfulness. Pray for sufficient rain and enough food to feed our Nation.
Lesson 2: Bless our Nation with Peace – Genesis 25, 27 & 33 Passing the ball one to another teaches us we should always work for peace. You all worked so well together, receiving the ball and passing it to the next person. Receiving the ball and keeping it to yourself and not passing it along would be selfish
or like an unforgiving person who does not want to make peace with others. Do you remember the story of Jacob and Esau? Jacob stole Esau’s birthright and Esau was very upset and even planned to kill his brother BUT Jacob and Esau forgave each other. Do you know what God calls us when we work for peace? (Remind them the memory verse.)
Memory verse [GNB]: Matthew 5:9 – Happy are those who work for peace; God will call them His children! – Matthew 5:9 Prayer time: Take a minute or two to pray for peace across Kenya. Pray for any areas you know there is insecurity and pray for God’s protection and peace.
Lesson 3: Bless our Nation with Unity – Nehemiah 3
In passing the ball to each other, everyone participated and in the end the ball went from the first person to the last in the room. Do you remember our lesson on “Bless our nation with unity”? We each have an important part to play in prayer nd in obedience for this nation. Remember the story of how Nehemiah and the children of Israel – men, women and children, priests and even perfume makers – all sorts of people help to rebuild the walls and they did it together. We too need to be united as the people of Kenya to build our Nation together like our national anthem says.
Memory verse [GNB]: Colossians 3:14 – And to all these qualities add love, which binds all things together in perfect unity.
– Colossians 3:14
Prayer time: Take a minute or two to pray for God to give us hearts of love towards each other and for love amongst all tribes in Kenya. Pray for unity in Kenya.
Optional activity on prayer: Have the children stand in a circle. Have them hold hands. Have one or two children outside the circle, and one or two children inside. Have the child(ren) outside try to tag the one(s) inside. The children in a circle should try to protect the one(s) inside. From this, we learn that we should all be standing in prayer for Kenya at all times. If we do not, the enemy (represented by the child(ren) outside) will be able to get into our nation and cause harm.