Let's PrayToday’s Story is from the letter of James in the New Testament. We are going to explore what James wrote about prayer. James 5:13-20
What Prayers do you know?
When do you say prayers? At your house? Church?
Who helps you learn to pray?
Share the picture below of books from the New Testament. Identify the Gospel of Mark - from which we have been reading for the past few weeks. Find Jame and explain that many of the books in the New Testament are letters that were written to churches or individuals to encourage them or teach them to follow Jesus.
Share the Scripture:
Read together the scripture from the Bible or from the story sheet below. In this passage, James tells Jesus’ followers to pray because prayer was very important to Jesus. Jesus often talked with God in prayer. And Jesus taught his disciples to pray.
Respond to the story:
Questions to ask following the story:
How is this letter different from letters written today?
What does James say to do if you are sad or suffering? Happy? Sick?
Who did James tell the readers to ask to pray for them?
Who are the church leaders of our church?
Share the pictures below side by side. Discuss the similarities and differences.
Do you think the people in both these groups are saying the same words in their prayers? Why or why not?
Why do you think Jesus teaches that prayer is important?
Some additional questions to talk about:
Who do you pray with?
What do you pray about?
When do you pray?
Why do you pray?
How do you pray?
Prayer Scrolls: Children will make reminders to pray for others. Share the resource sheet below and read the words together. (Prayer Scroll) and read the words in Show them where to print names of family members and friends for whom they want to pray. Using tan or brown paper, have the kids crumple the paper to make it look old and cut out the rectangle on the resource sheet and glue it on the paper. Tape a drinking straw to each short side. Roll each side of the scroll toward the center, with the text inside. Tie the scroll with a piece of yarn. Encourage kids to take the scrolls home as a reminder to pray for others and to ask their families to pray with them.
ACTS Prayer: Kids will explore the ACTS model of prayer and use the acronym to guide a time of prayer. Read the directions on the resource sheet below and brainstorm possible responses for each letter. Complete the sheets and then pray together, using the prayer ideas they have written inside the letters.
Storybooks to Share:
This week's Children's Bulletin: