I have asked kids to help me pray, they would raise their hand excitedly to help me. But when I called them up they usually didn’t know what to say. Have you ever had that experience?
Prayer is a vital part of our Christian walk with God and it is important that we teach our kids how to pray.
In Super Church 2.0, Prayer, Lesson 1 – Spending Time With God, we cover 3 things you want your kids to know about prayer:
- Prayer is the key to our relationship with God
- Prayer is simply talking and listening to God
- Set a time daily
I used this Inter-Active Object Lesson, “The Great Toothpaste Race” when I taught this lesson:
The Great Toothpaste Race
What you ’ll learn:
Set aside time each day to pray
What You Need:
- 4 new toothbrushes
- 4 small tubes of toothpaste
- 4 cups of water
- 4 empty cups (for spitting out the water)
- 1 table
Place all items on the table
This is a contest to see who can brush their teeth the fastest.
After the contest, ask these questions to the whole class.
- How many of you brush your teeth everyday?
- How many of you still need your parents to remind you to brush your teeth?
- How many of you do it on your own?
- How come?
- Why do you brush your teeth?
- When do you brush your teeth?
- What does it feel like if you go a few days without brushing your teeth?
I brush my teeth everyday as soon as I get out of the shower. It isn’t hard to do. I don’t really think about it anymore. Brushing my teeth is a good habit. My teeth will last longer if I brush them and I won’t have to wear dentures when I am a grandpa.
We need to do the same thing with prayer. We need to set aside a certain time each day and plan to talk to God. It doesn’t have to be long. You can start with just five minutes. Take time to talk to God and listen to God every day.