How to Pray

We are starting a unit on prayer this week and are starting out with a discussion on how the Bible tells us to pray. We’ll look at Matthew 6:5-8 to first see how Jesus says not to pray, then look at the Lord’s Prayer and other scriptures to see what we should do instead.

I found a neat little game to get our class time started in a lesson on prayer. I wrote Scripture verses about prayer in white crayon on white index cards and will hide them around the room. However, several cards have pictures or random words on them. The kids can color over the index card with a marker to reveal what is written in white crayon. We’ll use these verses in our discussion, writing our findings up on the white board. Then we will transition into some discussion.

I enjoyed this brief article on some things to emphasize when discussing prayer with older kids, like I will be doing this Sunday. It has some really great thoughts in a concise way of stating them. I’ll definitely be talking about this with my 4th & 5th graders.

Prayer does not come easy for me, and I’m sure it doesn’t come easy for a lot of kids. We live in such a busy world, with so many distractions constantly bombarding us. It’s hard to find peace in such a crazy life. That’s when we need to remember that communication is how we build any relationship, especially our relationship with God. Just like I need to be intentional to stay in touch with friends and calendar time to get together and enjoy each other, we need to be intentional about making time for God. Yes, prayer is something we can do anytime, anywhere, and God wants us to “pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17)” but we also need to put forth an effort. God wants to be close to us. God wants to answer our prayers. We have to give him that opportunity.
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Hebrews

This Sunday, in our Hightide class with our 4th & 5th graders, we talked about the book of Hebrews. More specifically, we focused on the “Hall of Faith” section. Since we are wrapping up our brief walk through the Bible in this class, I thought these verses would be a good review on many of the stories we talked about a few months ago.

We read through several verses in Hebrews 11, picking out a few stories here and there to help them see what this chapter is about, then I wrote all the people from the chapter on the board, and had each student choose one. They then had to write who they were and what they did by faith, and draw a picture.

Here’s our Hall of Faith:

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Faith is not seeing

This past Sunday, while I was discussing the book of Job with our Hightide students, the K-3rd graders were doing a follow-up lesson to Easter. They talked about the reason Jesus appeared to so many people after his resurrection instead of returning directly to heaven. The more people that saw Jesus, the more people would believe that he was truly alive. But now, we can’t see Jesus, because he is in heaven. We have to believe on faith.

Chris came up with a great object lesson to talk about how you can believe something exists even if you don’t see it. He had one of the boys build a tower of plastic cups on a table. Then he asked the kids who thought they could knock it over. Of course, all of them raised their hand, so he chose a young girl to come up on stage. He had her stand about a foot away from the tower, and told her to try to knock it down–but she wasn’t allowed to touch it. She looked at Chris confusedly until finally trying to blow it down. When that didn’t work, Chris handed her an Airzooka (if you don’t know what that is, click here). When you pull back, it releases a huge puff of air, which knocked down the tower. So Chris asked the kids what knocked it down, and when they all answered “AIR,” he said, “How do you know? Did you see the air?” He led their discussion to the eventual point that, even though we can’t see air, we can see its effects. In the same way, we can’t see Jesus, but we can see His effect on our lives and the lives of others.