Bible Story: God always hears me when I pray. He wants me to talk to Him everyday.
Bible Study: Psalms 4:3, 141:2; Matthew 6:6-13; Philippians 4:6; Revelation 5:8
In Matthew 6 Jesus gives us a model prayer, to teach us how to pray. Older children can study this prayer and be challenged to memorize it, but since we are teaching younger children, let's break it down to teach them how to pray in different situations. Preschoolers can learn that there are different reasons that we pray, and that no matter where, or how we pray, God always hears us, Here are some simple object lesson illustrations to choose from to teach your preschoolers about prayer.
show & smell
Revelation 5:8 gives us a peek into Heaven where God keeps our prayers as sweet incense in golden bowls. Bring in a nice bowl and a nicely scented candle to illustrate this beautiful picture. Hold the candle for each child to smell. Explain that the Bible says our prayers smell sweet and beautiful to God. Light the candle and place it safely out of reach to let the scent permeate the room. (Keep the candle and the lighter safely out of reach from the children. Do not leave the candle or the children unattended.) I happened to have a scented battery operated candle that works perfectly for this illustration.
let it ring
Tell the children that you are going to use your cell phone to try to call God and talk to Him. Select a ringer on your phone, put the phone to your ear and say, "Hello? God are You there? Can You hear me? I have a class full of children here that have things they want to tell you." After carrying on for a bit, ask the children, "Do you need a phone to call God when you want to talk to Him? No you don't! The Bible says in Psalms 4:3 that God hears us whenever we call to Him. He's never too far away, never too busy, never asleep, gone at work, or on vacation. He promises us in the Bible that He hears us every time that we pray!"
The various reactions of children to their reflection in a mirror are quite amusing. Using a hand mirror in this lesson makes prayer personal to each child, keeps them engaged in the lesson. Begin a discussion about feelings with your class. Ask them to show you a happy face, and then hold the mirror up to each child so that they can see their own happy faces. Ask what makes them happy and give each child an opportunity to respond. Explain that we can pray to give praise and thanks to God for all these things that make us happy! Invite the children to lift their hands and repeat after you as you lead them in a simple prayer of praise and thanksgiving. Continue the same discussion about prayer for feelings of sadness, anger and fear. Lead your children in simple prayers for forgiveness, help and peace.
I have couple helpful books on by bookshelf for this lesson.
here on Amazon. I think this is a book worth adding to your library!
I LOVE First Steps in Prayer by Stephen Elkins for the pictures of children in everyday situations. You would probably lose young ones if you read each prayer written in rhyme, but I like to use this book for more interactive discussion purposes with the children. The book also comes with a CD of 12 song-along songs! I believe I originally found my copy at Ross. You can purchase one here from Amazon.
Click on the song titles for words and actions.
- Read Your Bible and Pray Everyday - I also suggested this song a couple weeks ago with the lesson Jesus Teaches Me to Love God's Word. Refer to this post if you would like to see a video of the song.
- This is the Way I Talk to God - This is a song I wrote specifically for this lesson. The mechanics, body postures and hand positions, as we pray, are not as important as the posture of the heart. My intent in this song is to teach children that there are different reasons, and ways that we come to God in prayer, as Jesus illustrated in The Lord's Prayer.
- When I'm Sad - This is an all-time favorite song to sing in my class!
sweet scented prayers
- 1.5 oz. of Kool-aid or flavored gelatin.
- 1 heaping Tbsp. of corn starch
- 1/8 c. of water
Going with the idea that our prayers are as "incense before the Lord," use the scented paint to paint this coloring sheet.
- these templates (choose landscape setting when printing)
- song lyrics
- Styrofoam cups
- pipe cleaners
- pen / pencil
In class, give each child a happy and sad face to color. Help them glue the faces to opposite sides of the cup. Put a pipe cleaner through the holes of the cup, and tape a hand print to each end. Give each child a copy of the song lyrics to take home with their prayer cup.
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