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  • When

    Kids Pray

  • Contents

    Week 1 Page 1

    Week 2 Page 8

    Week 3 Page 11

    Week 4 Page 13

    Week 5 Page 15

  • Week 1, June 2nd

    Types of prayer

    Overview

    Here the instructor presents on the different kinds of prayer. I decided to omit the Prayer of Faith as that

    will be covered in weeks 3 and 4 and is really not a type of prayer [given that all prayers should be done in

    faith].

    The most emphasized prayers in scripture that should be reviewed are as follows:

    P 1

  • 1) General

    Talking to God

    This is the most basic and important type of prayer. This is when you simply talk to God as

    one would a child would their father or as with a friend. This is the most critical sort of prayer

    as it builds your connection with God. The kids should be encouraged to discuss everyday

    things in prayer, such as how their day was at school, what they may be worried about, what

    they look forward to and so forth. They must know that God cares and is listening. He wants

    to hear about their hopes, dreams, and expectations, and has critical input to offer them as

    well.

    There is no definite scripture for this one, but we see all of the major prophets and key

    persons of scripture such as Adam and Eve, Moses, David and Jesus have normal

    discussions with God where they are not asking for anything, giving thanks, or praying for

    someone else, - they were just talking.

    Scripture references

    Psalm 55:28

    P 2

  • Psalm 73:28

    1 Peter 5:7

    2) Intercession

    Praying on behalf of someone who may not have the faith to receive, or, may not otherwise be able to do

    it for themselves [i.e., they are in a coma, living in sin, etc]

    Here the instructor introduces interceding on behalf of someone else, when it is critical and

    how to do it effectively.

    Scripture references:

    Genesis 18:22-23

    1 Kings 41:46

    2 Kings 4:32-36

    Acts 12:1-18

    P 3

  • Hebrews 7:25

    Romans 8:21-23

    3) Request or supplication

    Asking God to meet a need or desire of yours

    A few key things should be emphasized about the prayer of supplication, namely that it

    cannot be done for something you dont want, or for something someone merely wants you to

    have. This prayer is strongly tied to the desire of your heart [Mark 11:24]. This prayer is about

    being honest with yourself if its to work. You cant use this on what someone else wants you

    to have, unless you first work on desiring it for yourself. Likewise, this wont work on

    something you someone else wants, unless you too want it for them.

    The students must be taught that God wants them to have His best and that they should

    always pray to Him for their needs and desires.

    P 4

  • Scripture references

    Luke 11:7-13

    James 5:17-18

    1 Kings 8:37-40; 54-55

    4) Tongues

    Speaking words not understood by the human language

    Use the bible to clear up the confusion about tongues. It is not other tongues, or, being able to

    divinely speak another language during prayer. It is not the gift of tongues, or, being able to

    speak and interpret what one is praying. Praying in tongues is simply using words

    misunderstood by the human language, but are expressive of your born again spirit. In

    essence its your heavenly language, bypassing your earthly mind and connecting directly to

    God.

    P 5

  • Scripture references

    1 Corinthians 14

    1 Thessalonians 5:19

    Acts 10:45-47

    Jude 20

    5) Agreement

    Agreeing with another person for something from God

    The prayer of agreement is simply a verbal or even a written contract between two Christians

    who have decided to believe God for a particular thing In essence, they are using the biblical .

    principle of agreement and unity to strengthen the impact of their prayer.

    Scripture references

    Genesis 11:1-9

    P 6

  • Matthew 18:19-20

    Exodus 17:8-13

    Psalm 133:1-3

    Acts 4:23

    Suggested Activities

    The instructor may want to start off with an activity using a smartphone. They can also use the parking lot

    ministry radios [request in advance]. From there you can come up with many ideas that illustrate prayer types.

    P 7

  • Week 2, June 9

    Template for prayer

    Overview

    Here the instructor will go over Jesus template for prayer in Matthew 5. I will emphasis the point that this is

    not what they should pray, rather, how they should pray. This is the internal mindset Jesus wants us to

    employ before talking to God.

    Our Father

    The children must approach God as a child would a parent. Acknowledging God as Father

    does a lot to ones psyche before prayer. It in essence says that He is mines and I am His.

    P 8

  • That I have a place in His family and a right to be heard and more. Also, Our denotes that

    God is not just one persons father, and that we should consider the needs of other Christians

    when we pray.

    Who is in Heaven

    This is not referencing Gods location, rather His status. The children must know that God is

    higher than their situation, problems, and even themselves. This assures that they feel

    comfortable bringing Him their requests, problems, and more.

    Holy is your name

    This emphasizes the power of Jesus name and the names of God. Simply put, the children

    must know Gods legacy and the trustworthiness of His reputation.

    Your kingdom come. Your will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven.

    This request that Gods plan be done, before any personal requests of my own are prioritized.

    Give us this day our daily bread

    Here you are asking God for what you need for today

    P 9

  • Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors

    Here we are expecting from God what we give to others.

    For yours is the kingdom the power and the glory

    Here we give credit to Him for allowing us access to his principles and concepts.

    Scripture references

    Matthew 5

    Suggested Activities

    The instructor should bake cupcakes or cookies, something where they have to use a template and the

    kids see how templates work.

    P 10

  • Week 3, June 16

    Praying in faith

    Overview

    Here the instructor reviews the importance of bring faith to the table when you pray. Its sort of like taking

    currency to the store when you shop. The kids must learn the importance of faith when it comes to prayer

    [Hebrews 11:1-4]. The instructor must also emphasis the importance of building your faith before you pray.

    This is a preparatory thing. Its like having money before you go to the grocery store.

    Scripture references

    P 11

  • Mark 11:12-14; 20-25

    Luke 7:1-10

    James 5:13:-18

    Matthew 9:18-24

    Suggested Activities

    I would create a store experience here. Let the students have $10, $20, or $30 but change it in one dollar bills so

    you can spread it around. Then allow them to purchase goods from you. In one scenario, let the children see

    what happens if they lose their money [lose faith]. In another, let them see what happens when they grow or

    have more money. There is a lot of places you can go here.

    P 12

  • Week 4, June 23

    Staying in Faith

    Overview

    Finally, the last instructor will go over the importance of staying in a posture and position of faith after they

    have prayed. The kids should know that Jesus expects us to continue on as though it is in our possession.

    A good example would be if a parent promised their kids a trip to Disney World. Typically, kids would be

    merry, tell friends, get their clothes ready and so forth. This exemplifies perfectly how we are to respond

    after receiving in faith.

    P 13

  • Scripture references

    Hebrews 6:12

    P 14

  • Week 5, June 30

    Review

    Overview

    The week 5 instructor will use this summary to further imbed the lessons into the students. He or she can

    simply revisit the previous pages to do so.

    P 15