Pray For One Another Toddler Lesson

One Another Series - Week 22 - Pray For Each Other!

Concepts Children Learn: We can love each other by praying for them. God always hears our prayers.

Prep: Mark you bible with the memory verse and other verses used in the lesson: James 5:13-14. Items you will need for lesson: Toy cell phone or real cell phone, song from Activity Page, and notepad with pen for Circle Talk Time. Needed for Warm-Up Activity (See Activity Page): Toy cell phones, regular play telephone, walkie-talkies, other communication toys. Do Warm-up Activity before lesson. Make up a sample of the Prayer Bear craft and Peek-A Boo Craft (page 3 and accessories), before lesson. You will also need the following story pictures. Print b&w or color story pages for lesson. (You may already have picture 8 from last week). Accessories, 1bw, 2bw, 2color, 3bw, 4bw, 4color, 5bw, 5color, 6bw, 7bw, 8bw , 8color.

The numbers in parentheses tell you what Story Page to hold up while you are telling the story. (You are encouraged to read the words on the story pages for this lesson). Only read words that are not in parentheses for the lesson. The words in parentheses tell you what actions you do.

LESSON: Pray For One Another
Key Bible Verse: James 5:16b. Scriptures used in lesson: James 5:13-14. Other verses used as reference for lesson: James 5:13-17.

Intro: (Hold up toy cell phone or real cell phone). Who can tell me what this is? (Give children a chance to answer). Very good! Its a cell phone. Who can tell me what we do with a cell phone? (Give children a chance to answer).Yes! We can talk to our friends or family whenever we need to. We don't even have to be home to use a cell phone. We can talk on our cell phone when we are outside playing. We can talk on our cell phone when we are at school. We can even use our cell phone when we are going fast in our cars! But sometimes cell phones don't work. Then the person we are talking to can't hear us! But, did you know that there is someone who will always hear us, every time we talk to him? Someone we can talk to any time at all? Does anybody know who that is? (Give children a chance to answer).

Yes! God is the one who we can always talk to! He will always hear our prayers! And we don't even have to worry about a cell phone that doesn't work! (1) We can talk to God just by praying! And we know he hears us every time we pray! We can just pray wherever we are. (2) We can pray when we are playing. We can pray when we are at school. We can pray when we are at church. (3) We can even when we are on vacation!

Who can tell me what we can talk to God about? (Give children a chance to answer). Yes. We can talk to God about anything at all! (4) We can praise him for how wonderful he is! (1 again) We can thank him for being so good to us. We can ask him to help us. (5) And, lots of times we need to tell him we are sorry, don't we? And, we need to ask him to forgive us when we do something wrong. And, there is something else that we can pray about. Last week we talked about loving each other, even children who are different than us. Another way we can love others is to pray for them! Our Bibles tell us this: (Read James 5:13-14).

SONG: Here's a song we can sing together to help us learn more about praying for each other. Sing Prayer Song on Activity Page.

When we pray for others what do we say to God? (Give children a chance to answer). Yes! (6) We can pray for others when they are happy. (Point to happy girl.) We can be happy with them and thank God that they are happy. We can pray for others when they are sick. (Point to sick boy). We can ask God to heal them and make them all better again. We can pray for each other when they are in sad or in trouble. (Point to sad boy). We can ask God to help them. We can pray for poor children and ask God to give them the things they need. We can pray for anything they want us to pray for!

And, who do we pray for when we pray? We can pray for our family and the people at our church. (7) We can pray for our friends. (8) We can even pray for children all over the world! To help you learn more about how we can pray for each other, I would like to pray a special prayer for each of you! (Continue with Circle Talk Time).

CIRCLE TALK TIME:

Supplies needed: Notepad and pen. When we know others are praying for us, it makes us feel happy because we know we are not alone. We know that others care about us. Our Bible tells us to ask the people of the church to pray for us. Let's hear our verse again. (Read James 5:13-14 again). (Your assistant) and I often pray for you at home. But today, we want to pray special prayers for each of you. First let's talk what you want me (or us) to pray for. If you don't want everybody to know, you can just whisper to me what you want me (or us) to pray for. (Have your notepad and pen with you. Ask the children the following questions one by on, giving them a chance to raise their hands and tell you about their prayer request. Then ask if they want to tell you why they feel happy or sad, etc.). Let them tell you as much or as little as they feel comfortable with. If they hesitate, tell them, "Its o.k. if you don't want to tell us. We can just pray a special prayer for you".) Raise your hand if you want prayer for any of these things: Are any of you sick? Are any of you sad? Are any of you happy? Are any of you in trouble? Does anybody want to say something they did wrong, so we can pray that God will help you? (As the children tell you their prayer requests one by one, write them down. Important: Remember to keep each of the prayer requests confidential. Remember to show empathy for the child's situation, not judge, and not shame the child, but show extend God's grace to them. If some of the children did not raise their hands to any of the questions, just go to them one by one and ask if they can think of anything they would like you to pray for. If they still can't think of anything, just pray for their family or pray about something the Lord puts on your heart. Then you or your assistant can go around to each child and pray for each one individually about what they wanted you to pray for. If the child said they were happy, pray a prayer of praise and thanks, including whatever the child said makes them feel happy. If anybody needs special prayer, or seems to have a bigger-than-usual problem, offer to go with him and his family to the elders for special prayer). After prayer time, say, Thank you all for sharing with me. I'm (or we're) happy to be able to pray special prayers for each of you. And, remember (your assistant) and I will be here to pray for you whenever you would like us to.
PRAYER: Allow children to pray after adult prays.
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