Sunday School Fun Zone - Year 2 Toddler Lessons, Praise and Prayer Series

Week 37 - Jesus Teaches Us What To Say When We Pray!

Concepts Children Learn: What you say matters to God. He always listens to you. God wants us to be close enough to him that we can call him Abba Father! God wants us to depend on him and ask him for the things we need each day.

Prep: Mark you bible with the memory verse: Supplies needed: Prep: See Craft Page for directions. Print the b&w or color story pages. 1bw, 1color, 2bw, 2color, 3bw, 3color, 4bw, 4color, 5bw, 5color, 6bw, 6color, 7bw, 7color, 8bw, 8color.

The numbers in parentheses tell you what Story Page to hold up while you are telling the story. (You don't need to read the words on the actual story pages. They are for use as posters or coloring pages). Only read words that are not in parentheses for the lesson. The words in parentheses tell you what actions you do.

Key Verse: Psalm 34:15. Other Scriptures used as reference: Matthew 6:9-13.

LESSON: Jesus Teaches Us What To Say When We Pray!

Intro: (1) Do you ever feel like someone was not listening to you. Maybe you tried to get your mom's attention when she was cooking. You start to tell her a story, but she doesn't hear you because the sound of the food cooking is too loud. Then she gets a phone call and she still can't listen to you! You wait and wait...for what seems like forever! (2) Finally! she gets off the phone and she listens to your story. It can make us upset when people are so busy they can't listen to us! But, did you know that there is someone who is never too busy to listen to you? Do you know who that is? (Give children a chance to answer). God! Right! (3) Every time you talk, God listens! What you say matters to God very, very much! He always has lots of time to listen to you! Who can tell me what its called when we talk to God? (Let children answer). Its called praying. Very good.

There are lots of ways to pray. But, did you know that Jesus taught us a special way we can pray? One day, Jesus' friends wanted to know what he thought they should say when they prayed. So, they asked Jesus to teach them how to pray. Let's listen to what Jesus told them. (Read Matthew 6:9-13). Let's talk about what all that means.

First of all, Jesus said we can call God our Father! Sometimes when Jesus prayed, he even called God his Abba! Abba means 'Daddy". Jesus had such a close friendship with God, that he could call him Abba! God wants us to feel close to him too. (4) Is there someone you have lots of fun with? Someone you talk and laugh with? Is there someone you can talk to about anything at all? That's how close Jesus wants us to be with God, our Father in heaven!

Then, Jesus said (Read vs. 9 again). He wants us to honor God as he is honored in heaven. He wants us to let God know how great we think he is, just like the angels in heaven do! The angels praise God all the time! Honoring God also means that we love him so much that we obey him! (5)

The next part of the prayer went like this: (Read vs. 10 again). When we know how wise God is and how much he loves us, we trust him to do the very best things for us. Whatever he wants to happen, we also want to happen because we trust that God knows what is best! (6) Maybe you know someone who is very kind, who you can trust. If they come to you and say, "I have a surprise for you! Let's go see what it is! Since you trust that person, you let him take you anywhere, even when you don't know where you're going or why you are going there! God wants us to trust him like that. (7) Sometimes we don't understand why things happen; Like, why does it have to rain when we want to go to Disneyland! But, when we trust God, we know that in the end, God will make everything turn out all right. Even grown-ups don't understand why God does all the things he does. But, we trust him anyway because he know how much he loves us.

Here is the next part of the prayer: (Read vs. 11 again). (8) You know what that means. It means that we can ask God for the things we need each day, like the food we need to grow up tall. When we ask God for our food, we are letting him know that we depend on him. God wants us to depend on him because we can't make it on our own. Even grown-ups need God.

Next week we will learn the last part of the prayer. Right now, lets have snack, then we will talk about what we learned.

CIRCLE TIME: (What does this mean for me?)

We learned that to honor God means that we think he is great! -- Greater than anyone or anything on earth or in heaven. Let's each tell something great about God. I will start. (Give each child a chance to say why they think God is great. Give them hints if they have trouble thinking of something, such as: God loves us so much. God is kind. God is everlasting. God forgives. God sees us all the time. God listens to us every time we talk.). Now let's each tell the class something good God has done for us. (Gives me good food to eat. Gives me brothers and sisters, gives me a house to live in, gives me friends to play with, gives me a family, gives me toys to play with, etc.). Thank you all for sharing. We know how good God is, and how much he loves us. And, we can trust that he will make everything turn out all right, even when bad things happen sometimes. Now we have a prayer we can say together.

PRAYER: Allow children to pray after adult prays.
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