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This Bible study on prayer wraps up our series on the Armor of God. Prayer is not only how we put on God's Armor, it is what empowers it! During this series of lessons we have also been focusing on prayer because that’s where the battle is fought. Prayer brings what God can do. The armor is God’s and on loan to us through His power…it is empowered by Him! Oh…and let’s remember, we may be in the battle, but the war has already been won!
We assume everyone knows how to pray, but in our world today religion and traditions can make it seem complicated. Simply put, Christian prayer is possible because of Jesus; we can communicate - talk with God! But prayer goes way beyond communication...it encompasses communion with the One and Only God!
We speak of "prayer life" because prayer is to be a constant part of our daily lives. Think about the times that most of us do pray - at church, during our quiet times, before meals, before bed, in times of crisis. Bible study on prayer can help us to hewn our skills as a soldier of Christ.
1 Thessalonians 5:17 tells us to pray continually (NIV), without ceasing (KJV and NAS), at all times (Message).
Lesson Summary: Prayer is what empowers God's Armor as we put each piece on.
Time: With a group of about 15 4th-6th graders, this Bible study on prayer lesson took about 1 hour. Actual teaching time took about 20 minutes and we allowed 30-40 minutes for prayer stations. Some parts can be deleted if you don't have that much time.
Preparation: Set up four prayer stations with materials as called for in each. Bible study on prayer printables are included for you to copy.
Focal Scriptures: Ephesians 6:18-19a
"With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints, 19 and pray"
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The Bible is full of Scriptures on prayer commanding us to pray, and also telling us where to pray, how to pray, when to pray, who should pray, and for whom we should pray.
Of course we can pray anywhere & anytime, but Jesus tells us where our attitude of prayer should always be:
Matthew 6:6: "But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you."
In Matthew 6:9-15 Jesus tells us how to pray when He gives us the pattern for prayer in what is now referred to as the Lord's prayer.
"This, then, is how you should pray: "'Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.' For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins."
This model for a thriving prayer life consists of
Max Lucado includes a "pocket version" in his book - Before Amen. It gives us a simple way to remember Jesus' example.
You are good.
I need help. Heal me & forgive me.
They need help.
In Jesus’ name,
The Bible also instructs us to pray "in the Spirit". We are praying to the Father, through the Holy Spirit within us, made possible by the authority of Jesus.
Ephesians 6:18 reminds us to also pray in the Spirit - "Pray at all times in the Spirit with every prayer and request, and stay alert in this with all perseverance and intercession for all the saints."
1 Thessalonians says: "pray continually;"
Ephesians 6:18 says: "And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints."
Matthew 6:6 says: "But when you pray" ... not if you pray. As believers it is the breath of our spiritual life to spend time in prayer with our Heavenly Father.
Again...in our focal verse for this Bible study on prayer - Ephesians 6:18, Paul emphasizes the importance of prayer.
The following creative prayer stations may be used to allow time to apply what they have learned. Students may choose different stations and rotate or these may be used as a continuation of the Bible study on prayer lesson as a group.
Doodling can actually help us stay on task as we pray. Use this Doodle Prayer page along with colored pencils or markers to help students think about the "how-to" of prayer. They will review the basic aspects of the Bible study on prayer that deal with basic parts of prayer that can be included. You may also include a whisper phone to remind them that prayer is a two way conversation with God. When they whisper their prayers into the phone it will remind them that God is listening when they pray and He is also wanting them to listen as He speaks to their heart.
For this creative prayer station, have a clock with movable hands or a paper clock. Have students move the hour hands as they pretend to go through a regular day. Move the hands to when they wake up and spend a few minutes praising God for Who He is and what He has done. Move the clock hands to what time they shower or bath and take time to confess and ask God for forgiveness. The following can be written or printed out for this station as a guide.
As a follower of Jesus we are to pray! Although God could do everything with out us, He chooses to include us in His work and prayer is an essential part of that. In this station for Bible study on prayer, provide a copy of the "Knots Prayer" and an 8 inch piece of yarn for each student. Leave directions for them to pray the prayer realizing who they are in Christ and to tie a knot each time the prayer uses the word "not". Tell them to remember these "knots" they can pray when they think they are "not" enough.
Have materials for students to trace one of their hands onto a piece of paper. Print out the following five-finger prayer and have them write names of people for each finger category and take time to prayer for them.
How to Pray the Five-Finger Prayer:
Printable copy of this Bible study on Prayer
More Creative Prayer Stations ideas can be found to make Bible study on prayer a continual process.
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