Today’s lesson for the kids: God Answers Prayers
Our lessons for the kids are aligned to the adult worship messages so we can all apply the reminders as a family, as a body of church.
The Bible lesson is from the Book of Exodus — one of the many, many, many miracles God performed for His people — The Bitter Water at Marah (chapter 15:22-27). The kids did understand the story and God’s work in it during the large group time. I am so happy they learned the details of the story :D
This group of little guys are new to me (some are not because their older siblings were my students) but wonderfully smart, too. They know prayer works and it helps but they still had concerns… Like calamity, healing, traffic, and other relevant-to-this-day issues. The way they asked is really enlightening because they ask in humility, though with so many questions, they still trust and want to know God more :)
Prayer was explained to them & here’s what to take home:
- Prayer is having a conversation with God.
- Prayer is a powerful weapon to use.
- Prayer allows us to hear God’s leading, the best strategy.
The picture you see here is one of my student’s prayer. They all wrote prayers for others to see :) The activity was for them to write a prayer to God. At first they didn’t know what they really wanted to write. We talked again, I gave them examples, and encouraged them that the most answered prayers are the ones that are against sin, requests that choose to love God. They are answered when we pray, trust, and obey.
Praise God’s AMAZING grace, the 9-year-old boys ALL wrote something as touching and real as this attached. Detailed, honest, hopeful, and trusting prayers. Each of my current boys moved me… Reminded me how REAL the power of God’s Spirit is in ANYONE, that the work of a teacher to young ones will always be rewarding because of the Lord Jesus. What a humbling affirmation for teachers & parents!
Then He said, “I tell you the truth, unless you turn from your sins and become like little children, you will never get into the Kingdom of Heaven. (Matthew 18:3)
Teenagers and grown ups, let’s stay encouraged by the fact that God does not change, God loves us and has always been reaching out to us for fellowship with Him through the Lord Jesus. While we are still alive, we cannot complain about missing out on God because He prepared everything to lead us to Him. In all fairness, our time is also a time of convenience to be more informed. We have the internet, apps for gadgets, books, audio files, videos, pictures, etc. The Bible and His church body has always been there to save us from spending eternity in hell. God wants us to know and live according to the Gospel of the Lord Jesus.
The Book of Matthew is one of my favorites and we can find there something we should hold on to. The Lord Jesus’ command and promise for each of us:
Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20)
Pray today, read the Bible. Let God speak to you through His Word and through your time given to Him. God meets us anywhere we ask for Him ❤
Have blessed week! Good night from this side :)