Saturday, February 25, 2012

Pray For Me!

James 5:16 (ESV) "Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working."

The purpose of this lesson plan is to teach children the way and purpose of Intersession in prayer.
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Opening Lesson: Carry Me to There
Material Needed: Many Children - 5 or so, or adults and teens to help.


Have a child lie on the ground on his or her back, hands folded over their stomach, legs together, and stiff.


Ask for volunteers, and when you have 1 (one) tell him or her to carry the one on the ground to some prearranged place within the room.  Caution them that dragging, dropping or kicking them there is not allowed.  Say Go.  Give them a minute or two, and if they fail, ask for some more volunteers.  If they continue to fail, suggest that you did not tell them to do it alone.


Sit back and see what happens.


Once the use a group of people to carry the child to "There", let others try, and then sit them down and ask how they did it.


Guide them to say that they had to ask for and use help from others.


Then tell them that Prayer is just like that too.  Read the verse above.


This section of the Lesson plan, the introduction, is done.
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In the next section we do praise and worship, as well as take the collection, but you can do whatever you do at your church school.
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Teaching the Lesson in more detail - Section 3 of the Lesson Plan.


Detailed Lesson: Ballooning with Help
Material Needed: 25 balloons filled with air.
Groups of 3 or more children.
Garbage can large enough to hold the balloons or a few large trashcan liners: enough to hold all the balloons.


Place the balloons all over the room, in as many far reaching places as you can.  Select you first group of children.  If you have enough children, have a few groups: 2 child groups, 3 child groups, 4 child groups.


Say go, and time how long it takes the first group to get all the balloons into the bags or trashcan.


Go to the next biggest team, and repeat. Etc.


Once you have demonstrated that if the team is large, and they work together, the job is easier and takes less time.


Tell them that Prayer is just like that.  That God listens to his own people, and that the more you have on your team, the better the prayer's power.


Read the verse again: James 5:16 (ESV) "Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working."

Ask them why they need to confess their sins to one another?


Ask them why they should pray together?


Ask them what they are Healed from?


Ask them if all are sinners, who is a righteous person?


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If you have time, give them an example in real life, your life if possible, and ask them all to pray for you.


Ask them if there is anyone that need prayer from the class.

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