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Armor of God and Prayer (22940 bytes)

Has it been a while since you taught on prayer? Maybe this is a good time to do it. Check out our H.I.S. Army unit. We have taken the Lordís Prayer as a pattern in our H.I.S. Army unit. It teaches children the power of prayer, prayer is a discipline; Get in Step, Forgiveness, Lead Us Not into Temptation and the Power of Praise.  This teaching unit has a strong military flavor, with Mojo a Gomer Pyle type character adding lots of laughter. It has stories; Bible stories, object lessons, skits and a reproducible take home paper. The teaching unit has 13 lessons.

 

star Prayer That Works
star Children Can Pray

starEmergency Numbers

starIt Really Happened

starRed Umbrella

starPray For Leaders

starPray Now Song

starPraying Mantis

starElijah Prays

starQueen Esther
starTeach Children to Pray

starLouise's Prayer

starTalk About it or Do It?

 

Gospel Bubbles

 

Apologetix Fun Christian Rock Parodies for children and youth.

Praying Mantis Finger Puppet to go with the Prayer Object Lesson

Powerful-Prayer

Ever Wonder?

 

 

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Esther Story Bag

 

 

 

Prayer Scriptures and the Armor of God on DVD

 

 

Teach Children to Pray

Praying Kids

 

 Everyday I enjoy the luxury of electricity. I blow my hair dry, cook meals and vacuum the floors with the power of electricity. I donít see electricity. I canít feel electricity, but I know how to plug into electricity to accomplish my endless daily tasks. Prayer is the vehicle God has provided for people to tap into the most powerful force on the face of this earth. Prayer is incredibly powerful, but thereís no need to shove safety covers in prayer outlets to protect children. Children need to experience prayer.

POINTS TO REMEMBER

When Teaching Children to Pray 

1.      God is not impressed with fancy words.

2.      Talk to God just like you would your best friend.

3.      Pray to the Father in the Name of Jesus.

4.      Remind them that God really hears them. Often children have more confidence that God hears the bad things they say, than that He would hear their sincere prayers.

5.      Encourage them to support their request with scripture.

6.      Pray in faith expecting an answer. We waste our time, if we do not pray in faith. Teach them to believe God for answers to their prayers.

7.      Encourage them to record their prayer victories in their prayer journal.

 

 

Teach Children to Pray

 

Altering Lives at the Altar Teacher Training

 From the illustration of the Tabernacle you'll see the picture of the cross and the importance of ministering to children at the altar.  This workshop takes you through some important reasons to have an altar call and how to lead a child to Christ. It also moves into the Holy Place to remind children's ministry workers to teach children to help children pray and praise. Click here for more information or to order your CD or DVD

Children can pray too!

Prayer is the most powerful force available to mankind. It is the key to the vast storehouse of all Godís provision. It is the communication vehicle to the very throne of the creator of this universe. Prayer takes the youngest child or the oldest adult into the presence of Almighty God.

Godís presence has not always be available to everyone. In the Old Testament, Godís presence rested over the Ark of the Covenant. The priest was only allowed to enter once a year. A heavy veil separated the priest and all Israel from the presence of God.

When Jesus died on the cross that veil was torn, just like you fold a piece of paper and tear it down the crease. That veil was torn in half. It wasnít torn from the bottom, like a man grabbed it and ripped it. It was torn from the top to the bottom, like God reached down from Heaven, and ripped the veil in two. Then we could enter His presence. Jesusí atonement on the cross made a way for us to go into the presence of God.

Now the ball is in our court, will we choose to come into His presence or will we fill our lives so full of everything else that there is no time, no energy, no desire to worship at His throne.

I struggle with it daily. There are so many things I want to get done, so many demands on my time, but I have discovered two things: 1. I accomplish far more when I put Him first. 2. My walk with God is a relationship not a marathon.

 I sometimes forget a need when we go to pray as a group, so I have made it a practice and encourage my children to pray for the need silently as it is shared. That way I pray over every need. I also ask the Holy Spirit to remind me of things I should pray for during my prayer time.

Share answers to prayer. Let the children give testimonies of answered prayer. When God meets needs on your prayer request list share it with your class. Take time to thank God together for answering prayer.

If you like Christian parodies, here are two songs on prayer from Spoofernatural CD

Pray Now (Lost Art) Parody of  "All Star" by Smash Mouth

Elijah Parody of  "Elvira" by the Oak Ridge Boys

Praying Mantis

This little bug looks a little like a grasshopper, but do you know what it is? That's right a praying mantis. The name comes from their front legs. Their front legs are folded like praying hands. But the bug isn't praying. God made this bug with the front legs folded to look the way it does. 

Sometimes boys and girls fold their hands in church. They look like the praying mantis, but like the praying mantis, they aren't really praying. They just look like they are. Prayer is more than folding your hands or positioning yourself on your knees. Prayer is talking to God.

You can talk to God when you're riding your bike. You can talk to him as you walk to the store. Prayer isn't about a location. You don't have to be in church or on your knees. It isn't about folded hands, its about conversation. God wants you to talk to Him, just like you would your best friend. You are so precious to Him and He wants you to know Him. He wants you to talk to Him every single day.

IT REALLY HAPPENED

Taken from H.I.S. Army copyright 1993 Let Us Teach Kids

The brown curls bounced and the dimples danced as the small girl skipped to the door and knocked. It was a luscious treat to visit the lovely white headed Sunday School teacher. Warm, caring arms welcomed the little girl as the heavy fragrances of supper simmering on the stove and furniture polish tickled her nose.

Mrs. Maddox couldn't possibly know what a joy it was to have been chosen to go visiting with her. Ann chattered on and on as they walked down the dirt road several blocks to where a sick gentleman lay resting in bed. Ann was too excited to notice the birds happily gathering food for their babies or the brilliant sunshiny day. She had a sunshine all her own, Mrs. Maddox.

As they approached the tall porch with the doorway that appeared to be ten feet tall, Ann began to feel nervous. What would she say to an old man she had never met? What if he was grouchy? Mrs. Maddox knocked boldly on the door. A bent, wrinkle faced lady opened the squeaky door. Recognizing Mrs. Maddox, she unlatched the dusty screen door and invited them inside.

Nervously, Ann followed the women inside the dark house. She was almost sorry she had even come along. This visiting stuff wasn't what it was cracked up to be or was it? Ann prayed silently as they walked toward the sick man's room.

The old man was happy to see them and spoke kindly. Ann liked the gentleman immediately and felt her fears begin to drain. He began to share scriptures with them and spoke of his strong faith in God. They had come to encourage him, but he was being an encouragement himself. Ann listened intently and found herself wishing the visit would never end, but end it did. Mrs. Maddox stood and asked if they could pray before they left. Of course the kind old gentlemen insisted. Mrs. Maddox turned to Ann, "Would you please pray, Honey."

Ann could hardly believe her ears. They wanted her to pray aloud in front of everyone. Ann dropped her head and began to pray. She loved God deeply, but praying aloud was another matter. In simple words she asked God to heal the old man and said "Amen!"

A grin broke across the old man's face. His hands shot up in the air and he began to praise God as he felt God's healing power flow through his body. "I'm healed he said. I'm healed."

"You're what?" exclaimed the little girl.

"I'm healed!" explained the old man again. "Jesus healed me."

It was an experience Ann would never forget. God really answers prayer. She had experienced it for herself.

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H. I. S. Army Curriculum This is a great unit to use if you want to teach children to pray. Click here to see a complete sample lesson. 

 

 Red Umbrella

Drought was devastating to the farmers of yesterday. Even rich, fertile ground becomes cracked and hard. Healthy crops wither and begin to die. The farmerís life, money and hope is tied up in the wilting crop as he waits for rain. The occasional clouds that float past are only hollow promises. He waits, because that is all the farmer of yesterday could do.

Every conversation turned to the same concern, "When is it going to rain?" Even in the little white church between the rows of wilting corn, the wrinkles that creased their brow and the quiver in their voice mirrored their fear, "When is it gonna rain? This drought canít hold out forever."

Somebody suggested it, no one was sure exactly who, but everyone agreed it was a good idea- a prayer meeting was scheduled. They were going to pray for rain. What a spiritual idea. After weeks of drought they finally decided to pray.

Everyone came. They were desperate. The entire town depended on those crops. They came with dust on their shoes and deep furors of concern etched in their heart. Some were wrinkled and white haired, some were young and strong from hard work and good food. Some held tiny babies in their arms, but they all came to pray.

They all came to pray except one little girl, she made her way to the front row where she laid it down on the pew. The others came to pray, but she came to get rain. Why would I make such a bold statement? Because I saw the red umbrella that lay beside her on the pew.

 Talk About it or Do it?

Will I ever really learn the lesson? I hope so.

I have recently been working on two major projects. I had critical deadlines. People were waiting on me before they could continue with the next step. I worked 17-hour days trying to keep up my travel schedule and work on the projects. I prayed, but I didnít go into His presence like I knew I really needed to do. I was in turmoil inside. I longed to spend time enjoying my Savior, but I felt so pulled to accomplish, to get my in-basket empty.

When I finished the task. It wasnít done right. It had to be redone, I spent weeks in turmoil that could have been avoided and it seems in my heart, God was saying, "I want you to walk in my peace." That only comes as we go Godís way. God didnít want me spinning my wheels for nothing. He had a better way. I believe He would have showed me if I had sought His will when He was stirring my heart to spend time with Him.

Children have the same choice to make. There are so many things that fill their day, so many choices to make. We need to help them understand how much God loves them. We need to help them understand the power of prayer and how much God wants to be their best friend.

Sharon Ellard made a statement that has changed the way I teach children, She said, "If we taught children to swim, the same way we teach them the Bible they would all drown." Knowledge of how to swim is not enough. They must get in the water. They have to experience it for themselves. The same holds true for prayer. It not enough for you to believe in prayer. Itís not enough for the children to know all the mechanics of prayer- they need to do it.

Take time to pray in class. I understand that teaching is a priority, but I also understand that taking time to pray should be a priority. It doesnít have to be long. Let the children take turns leading in prayer. Also give them time to pray quietly at their seats. I am finding that children want to spend time with God privately. Give them opportunity to just talk to God in their own words. Teach on prayer. Take children to the scriptures to build their faith. Help them to base their request on scripture. Help them see that God is a loving father that wants to bless His children. Use the Lordís Prayer as a pattern to teach them that prayer is more than a request list. Our Army of God unit spends 6 weeks teaching on prayer. Pat Verbal has a teaching unit on prayer as well.

Teach them to listen for the still, small voice of God as they pray. Teach them to spend time thanking God as well as asking God.

Teach them to pray for others needs. The carnal man thinks first of himself and what he wants, train children to have compassion and empathy for others. Demonstrate it yourself. When a child shares a need write it down. Ask them about the situation later. I do not let them publicly share private things. I encourage them to ask for prayer without exposing things that would embarrass their family.

1 Timothy 2:1-2 (KJV)

 I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; for kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.

Pray for Political Leaders

 

Surveys have concluded that this generation wants to make a difference in their world. What better way to make a difference than to tap into prayer?  In my thirty years of ministry to children I have never seen children as anxious to pray as this generation of children.

Enlarge their world by enlarging their prayer circle. Give them a vision of what they can accomplish through prayer. Encourage them to include local officials in their prayers. Pray for your city officials by name. Pray for your governor by name.

 And donít forget the president. It is been an inspiration over the last few years that we hardly ever attend a service without the pastor having special prayer for the president and this nation. Even adults need reminders, so do your children. Encourage them to say a silent prayer every time they see his picture or hear him mentioned on the news. Prayer is much more than a church thing. Encourage them to have a prayer list beside their beds with the presidentís name on it so they wonít forget to pray for him. We all have good intentions; our lives are just too full not to have reminders.

You might want to have a different prayer emphasis each week. Have a policeman come in and tell about what he does, then add adopt that policeman. Pray for God to protect him. Ask your guest policeman for specific ways to pray he/she would like to be remembered in prayer.

One church in my community went to the police station and asked if it would be OK for them to pray for the policeman in that precinct. When another precinct heard what the church was doing, they made a visit to the church. The captain of the precinct said, ďYou are in our precinct. You are praying for the wrong precinct. We want you to pray for us instead.Ē The pastor explained that they had already made a commitment to pray for the other precinct, but he would ask his people if they would extend their prayers to include their precinct as well.

Include your local officials in your prayers. Pray for your city officials by name. Pray for your governor by name.

And donít forget the president. My pastor prays over the President and those in leadership at almost every service. Even adults need reminders, so do your children. Encourage them to say a silent prayer every time they see his picture or hear him mentioned on the news. Prayer is much more than a church thing. Encourage them to have a prayer list beside their beds with the presidentís name on it so they wonít forget to pray for him. We all have good intentions; our lives   are just too full not to have reminders.

Elijah Prays

Elijah was an man whose prayers brought incredible results. He prayed and it didn't rain for years. He prayed and God sent fire from heaven to burn up a wet sacrifice piled on wet wood. His faith was about to be tested. He prayed for rain and sent his servant to find a cloud. The servant came back, no cloud, no sign of rain. Again, Elijah prayed. This is a powerful story of answered prayer. One of my favorite visuals to use with this story is the colorful trick story bag. These bags use a mixture of prints and solids as visuals for each part of the story. As you tell the story you turn the bag inside out again and again using the fabric as a visual. When you reach the end you go backwards using the colors again to finish the story. Click here to order the Elijah story bag on prayer.

Emergency Numbers

When you are under attack, call Isaiah 54:17.

When you are outspoken, call James 1:19.

You feel forsaken, call Isaiah 41:10.

When you are undertaking a big task, call Joshua 1.

When you start to worry, call Matthew 6:25-34.

When you have sinned, call Psalm 51.

When you travel, call Psalm 121:8.

If you are depressed, call Psalm 27:1.

For the secret to happiness, call Col. 3:12-17.

If your bank account is empty, call Psalm 37: 3-7.

If you want to bare fruit, call John 15.

When you are in danger, call Psalm 91.

When doubt Godís tender love, call Psalm 139.

When your faith needs building, call Hebrews 11.

When you are lonely and fearful, call Psalm 23.

When you grow bitter and critical, call 1 Cor. 13.

When you feel down and out, call Romans 8:31-39.

When you are overwhelmed, call Matt. 11:28-30.

When you feel guilty, call Romans 8:1-30.

Having people problems, call Colossians 1:20.

When you think of investments/returns, 

call Mark 10:29-30.

If discouraged about your work, call Psalm 126.

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 Prayer That Works

If my people, which are called

by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14

If- There it is, that enormous two letter word Ėif. Godís promises have conditions. If we want to receive the promise, then we must meet His requirements.

Ömy people, which are called by my name- God is not talking to the sinner, He is talking to His children- Christian. Sometimes we get caught in the trap of thinking, "If those rotten sinners would changeÖGod says if my people.

Öshall humble themselves- Wait a minute, humble-me? We would rather strut than struggle in prayer. Isnít there another way, one that will glorify the flesh instead of crucify it? But God says if we will humble ourselves andÖ.

Öand pray- How long has it been since you wept over the children in your class? I wonder if maybe one reason we donít see more lasting fruit is because we have lost our passion to pray? You wouldnít think of going out every afternoon to look for ripe tomatoes in the garden if you had never planted any tomatoes. Why do we expect to reap a spiritual harvest when we have not done the things God requires to receive that harvest.

Öand seek my face- This denotes intimacy. This is a place where we know God, we know His will and His desires become ours. Psalms 103:7 "He made know His ways to Moses, his acts to the children of Israel." Israel saw what God could do, but they didnít know God. You can know God, if you are willing to pay the price to seek His face.

I attended a ladies conference when my children were young. It was nice to get a way with other young mothers. After the service, we began to cut up and play silly pranks on each other. After a while, one young mother excused herself. "I need to get to bed, I pray at 5:00 every morning. Somebody asked why she needed to pray with all the spiritual emphasis of the conference. She explained, "I havenít always had a regular prayer time, but one night in a dream. I saw Jesus crying. I asked Him, "Why are you crying?" He said, "I want to spend time with you and you re always busy." That was a turning point in my life, now I spend time with Him every morning. Itís just our time to be together." We canít know Him, if we donít spend time with Him.

Öand turn from their wicked ways- Do we really have to talk about this one? If we want results we must turn from our sins of unbelief. We must turn from the sins of omission and commission that would rob and defeat us. It is a loving father, not a cruel judge that demands that we release the poisonous snake of sin that brings death.

Öthen If we are not hearing from heaven, maybe we need to check our schedules. Have we made time for God or have all the good things we do as teachers and childrenís pastors crowded Jesus out. We must have a personal relationship with Jesus and that only comes when we make room for Him.

Öwill I hear from heaven God promises that He will hear us. Godís ears are tuned to hear your prayer. Prayer is the key to the all of heavenís resources. Faith turns the key. Go to the scriptures for your need. When you pray the scriptures, youíll have the confidence to believe God for what you are asking

Öand will forgive their sin- Are you sick of the crime that has infested our land? Are you sick of shooting in our schools and the garbage on the television. Itís time to do something about it besides gripe. Itís time to pray.

Öand heal their land- We are experiencing a drought in Florida. Even though we are on a private well we can only water our lawns twice a week. Every time I walk in my yard, my wilted flowers remind me to pray for rain. And when I pray for rain, I pray for revival to sweep this land.

The Welsh revival, the Charles Finney revivals and all the revivals where great numbers were saved came as a result of prayer. I want to encourage you that God has awesome plans for the children of your city. I believe God wants to raise a Joshua generation. A generation of children that will believe and receive the promises of God. But it will not happen unless the Mosesí, the leaders, the teachers, Godís people begin to pray and turn from their sin.

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