Scripture: Matthew 6:9-13
Supplies: 4 sheets of plain paper, something to draw with.
Prepare: On 1 sheet of paper, write a word or draw an object of your choice. Fold the paper in half so no one can see what’s on the paper.
Teach: Invite 3 children to join you in front of the class. Give each child a piece of paper and something to write with. Tell them that their challenge is to draw or write what you have drawn or written on your piece of paper (remember they cannot see what’s on your paper). Have kids go one at a time and fold up their paper when they have finished. When the last child gets ready to begin, open up your paper and allow only him to see what you have on your paper so he can copy it on his. Have him fold up his paper as you refold yours.
Count to 3 and have everyone, including you, open their papers. Talk about how great everyone’s drawings are, but make a big deal about how amazing it was that the last child got it right. The kids will begin insisting that he cheated or received an unfair advantage.
Ask everyone, “Why was it easier for the last person?” They were shown what to do. Spend a minute explaining how tasks that we don’t know how to do are easier if we have an example or instructions to go off of. You can use some examples such as putting together a puzzle, building a house, or learning a new skill.
Talk about the importance of prayer and how Jesus has given us a model for praying, in the Bible. Read Matthew 6:9-13.
Explain the different parts of prayer that Jesus shows us. You can use the popular A.C.T.S. model:
- A- Adoration (tell God how much you adore Him)
- C- Confession (confess your sins to God)
- T- Thanksgiving (tell God what you are thankful for)
- S- Supplication (present your requests to God)
Allow children to spend time on each of these points praying to God quietly. End your talk together thanking God for Jesus modeling prayer for us and ask Him to help you remember to pray to Him always.