Optional: Write name into the wet plaster,
press bits of small tile or beads into the wet plaster around the
outside edge of the handprint, or after the plaster dries, sponge
paint around the edge of the handprint.
Object Lesson Discussion
What are some things youíve asked your parents to
give to you? (clothing, toys, food, playtime together, etc.) Do you
usually get what you ask for? Why or why not? Have you ever asked your
mom or dad for a sandwich and were given a rock instead? Or for
clothing to wear and given rags to put on? Why not? (Because they love
you and want the best for you.) Is getting what you want always the
best thing for you? Why or why not.
Todayís parable is about prayer. What is prayer? (talking to God)
Do we need to use fancy words to talk to God? Is there a special way
we are to pray? (allow for discussion)
One day Jesus was praying, and when he had finished, one of his
disciples wanted to know if there was a special way to pray. So he
asked Jesus to teach them to pray.
Jesus said to them, "When you pray, say: ĎOur Father who art in
Heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done on
earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And
forgive us our debts, as we have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not
into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom
and the power and the glory forever. Amen'." (Rephrased from Luke
11:2-4 and Matthew 6:9-13).
This prayer is known as "The Lordís Prayer." It helps
us to know how to pray correctly. We will use our hand to remember the
five key parts of prayer:
1) Thumb: ADORATION - "Our Father who art in
Heaven, hallowed be thy name." We begin
praying by worshipping God. He is a Holy God that deserves our praise.
2) Pointer Finger: SUPPLICATION
this day our daily bread."
Tell God what your needs are. Are you needing comfort? Ask him to
comfort you. Are you lonely? Ask him to be your closest Friend. Is it
hard to obey God? Ask God to help you obey him. The Bible tells us to
make our requests known to God. (This could be food or clothing, or
even our physical, emotional, or spiritual needs.)
3) Middle Finger: CONFESSION -
Tell God that you have sinned against him. Admit what youíve done
wrong. Ask him to forgive you and thank him that he does forgive you.
4) Ring Finger: INTERCESSION -
"As we have
forgiven our debtors. Lead US not into temptation but deliver US from
the evil one." (The entire Lordís Prayer is a corporate
prayer of OUR, US and WE, whereby we pray for ourselves and others.)
When we pray for others, we are interceding for them. In other words,
we are asking God to help them. Do you know someone that is sick? Then
ask God to heal him or her. Do you know someone that doesnít know
Jesus? Ask God to make himself known to that person.
5) Pinkie Finger: PRAISE - "For thine is the
kingdom and the power and the glory forever." End prayer by
thanking God for saving you and forgiving you of your sin. Thank him
for loving you and taking care of you. Give honor and respect to God.
After Jesus told his disciples how to pray he told them a story
about a friend in need. Read Luke 11:5-8 from a child-friendly Bible,
or use the Friend In Need skit (the rest of
this lesson may be found in The Parables of Jesus. Click
here to learn more).
Sarah A. Keith
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