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Prayer Object Lesson

This simple prayer object lesson is to remind us that it makes a difference in our spiritual lives as we stay in communication with God throughout our day.

Prayer.  Yes, it's something we stop and do usually bowing our head and closing our eyes before a meal, at church, before bed and in our quiet time with God, yet it is so much more!  This simple object lesson shares how continual communication with God changes the quality of our spiritual lives and also renews & refreshes us as it gives us an avenue for spiritual cleansing.

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Object Lesson Topic:  Prayer

Title:  "Take a Deep Breath"

Object:  Act of breathing

Bible verses:  1 Thessalonians 5:17

Key Takeaway:  It is important for us to continually pray and remain in constant communication with God.

Object Lesson Script

Prayer is Like Breathing

Think about it....breathing is something we are constantly doing. Stop for a moment and see how long you can hold your breath.

Why couldn't you continue holding your breath?

Yes, we need to breathe to live! That's just how our bodies work.

Prayer can be a lot like breathing. Paul states in 1 Thessalonians 5:17 that we are to

"pray without ceasing."

Does this mean we are constantly walking around with our heads bowed and eyes closed?!  Absolutely not! Can you imagine what would happen? That could be dangerous!  

Most of the time, we're not even aware of our breathing; we don't even have to think about it.  It just happens naturally.  God wants us to be so aware of His presence with us that it becomes natural to communicate with Him throughout our day just like walking through the day talking with a friend.

Yes, there will be times we need to stop and catch our "spiritual" breath, but this prayer object lesson shows us it is also something we can do as we go about our day.

For example:

  • We can wake up thanking God for another day to be alive.  Thanking Him for the bed we slept in, the clothes we put on, etc.
  • We can pray for our neighbors as we leave the house to go to school or go to the store.
  • We can praise God for the beautiful sky or flowers we see as we're out and about.
  • We can pray for the many people we pass, that they may come to know Jesus or for missionaries on the other side of the world!
  • We can talk to God about our fear or worries, about our disappointments or excitement, about the future or the past.
  • We can talk to God from our first waking moments to the time we lay our heads on the pillow asking Him to protect us and help us sleep.

Prayer is not limited by space or time!

Breathing Cleanses - Prayer Object Lesson

When we breathe, we inhale oxygen and exhale carbon dioxide. Breathing actually cleanses our bodies!

During the next few minutes take several long deep breaths. As you breathe in ask God to fill your life, to draw you closer to Him. As you breathe out, confess to God areas of your life in which you've been disobedient to Him and ask for His forgiveness.

Just as breathing can bring cleansing to our physical bodies, so can prayer to our spiritual bodies.

Let's memorize 1 Thess. 5:17 now and let our constant breathing remind us to continually pray - talk to God. He is always with us!

A powerful prayer object lesson to take with you everywhere!

Object Lesson TakeAway: 

We are able to pray as we go throughout our day staying in constant communication with God.

Prayer object Lesson Challenge

  • When you first wake up - Praise our Creator
  • When you shower or bathe - Ask for cleansing of your soul; confess, repent & receive forgiveness.
  • When you eat - Give thanks not only for the food, but for your family, home, life, etc.
  • When you go to work or school - Pray for those with whom you come into contact.

You can also use a cell phone object lesson to teach more about prayer.

More about prayer with creative prayer stations,acronyms & activities!

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