Bible Point: Prayer - There is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.
Set Up: Establish a large, square, playing area. Place a cone or marker at each of the four outer corners of the playing area. At the center of the area set up a cross, the larger the better. (We made ours from long cardboard tubes and wrapped it with black tape.) Divide players into four teams. Give each team a Post-It notes pad and pencils for every player.
Before The Game: Ask the players, "What is prayer? What should we pray about?" (Allow time for discussion) Prayer is speaking to God. We are to spend time praising and thanking God for who he is and what's he's done for us. We are to confess our sins to him (1 John 1:9). To confess means to admit, or to agree, that we have sinned against God. We are to ask God to supply all of our needs (Philippians 4:19). We can also pray for other people. This is called intercession. We can tell God when we are having a good day or a bad day. We can ask him for help. We can speak to God about anything!
The Bible tells us that Jesus is our mediator. What do you think mediator means? (Allow time for discussion.) A mediator is a go-between; someone who stands in the middle of two people or two parties and settles a dispute. A mediator is a peace-maker. Before Jesus came to earth the people of God had to go to a High Priest to have their sins forgiven. But now, the Bible tells us that Jesus has made peace with God by dying on the cross to cleanse us of our sins (Colossians 1:22-23). By dying for us, he has made it possible for us to go directly to God when we pray. We no longer have to pray to anyone else, or to anything else, to have our prayers heard. This is what the Bible says:
READ: "I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone-- for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus..." 1 Timothy 2:1-5
Have the players sit with their teams. Have each player write a prayer on a separate Post-It note. Tell the players their prayers can be praise and thanksgiving prayers to God, they can be confessions, they can be about themselves, or about others. No one else needs to read your prayer. (Older players may need to help younger players write their prayer or have younger players draw their prayer.)
Tell the players that the cross in the middle of the playing area represents Jesus, our Mediator; we will take our prayers directly to him.
How To Play: Have the teams line up behind each of the four cones. At the go, the first player from each team must race to the cross, kneel down on both knees, and place their Post-It note prayer onto the cross. Players return to their team line to tag off to the next player in line. Play continues as such until everyone has taken their prayers to Jesus, our Mediator!
How To Win: The first team to finish posting all their prayers, wins!
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Copyright 2003 Sarah A. Keith
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