Hey Oasis Kids, we’re so glad you’ve tuned in today! Over the next five weeks we’ll be competing in our survivor challenges! Along with The Loop who will be talking about the spiritual disciplines of praying, solitude, reading the Bible and asking questions. These are not chores on a to-do list, but life-saving survival skills.
Designate a time and place to sit together and watch the curriculum
Gather with some snacks and a small cup of water
Say the Point and Verse out loud together:
Carry a Compass
Matthew 6:9-13 NLT
“Pray like this: Our Father in heaven, may your name be kept holy. May your Kingdom come soon. May your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us today the food we need, and forgive us our sins, as we have forgiven those who sin against us. And don’t let us yield to temptation, but rescue us from the evil one.”
Do you think prayer has the power to change things?
1.How good are you at following directions?
2.How can prayer be a way for you to find direction for your life?
3.Read Matthew 6:9-13 NLT. How is this prayer Jesus prayed an example of how you can pray? Ideas: We can come to God with praise for Him, ask for His plan to be done, ask Him for what we need, etc.
4. Look at your magnet from our game. Which one of these types of prayers would you like to pray more often—and why? Reminder: Looking BACK with gratitude. Looking UP to praise and focus on God. Looking IN to ask forgiveness and for help to change what you need to change. Looking AROUND to ask for help for the needs of the people around you. Looking FORWARD to share your hopes and dreams with God.
4.Where can you hang your magnet to help you remember to pray these types of prayers?
5. Why do you think God sometimes doesn’t answer our prayers the way we ask? He knows more than we do. Sometimes what might be good for us is bad for someone else. We can’t always understand why He doesn’t answer the way we wanted, but we can trust He is still good and can still help us get through difficult times, etc
Ask the children to share things they’d like to pray about. Write your prayer request so you can continue to pray for your family during the week. Pray together, give them a chance to lead the prayer if they want to. Not sure what to pray?
Pray this: God, Thank You that I can talk to you everyday. Help me to talk to your about everything. In Jesus’ name, amen!
1. Magnet Making : Students can hang the magnets up at home, in their locker, or wherever will help them remember the different ways they can pray:
5 Ways to Pray:
Look Back (with gratitude for all God has done)
Look Up (to focus my praise on who God is and His love for me)
Look In (to ask for strength and forgiveness for things I need to change)
Look Around (to ask God to help people around me)
Look Forward (to share my dreams and hopes with God)
Example image below. Use separate graphic file for printing: Loop_SurvivalSkills_wk1_WaysToPray_Magnet.pdf
The graphic for the Ways to Pray magnet is sized to print on a small, rectangular magnet (3.5″x2), the size of a business card.