Toddler Lesson Week 47

Ask, Seek, Knock!

Key Concepts: 1. Our Father in heaven loves to give his children good gifts! 2. Jesus says to ask, seek and knock.

Items needed: Story pages, and small lunch sack. Prep: Mark you bible with Matthew 7:7-11. The activity is combined with the Circle Talk Time for this lesson. Print and make copies of either b&w or color story pages to use with the lesson: See directions on Craft Page for sticker story pages, (2, 12, 13, 14, 15) to use with lesson. Make sample of (6) Lift-the-flap Seek craft also to use with lesson. Use a small lunch sack and put the bigger pants and shirt (4) in the bag, along with the shoes from the accessory page (13). Also make up a sample of the booklet craft to show children what it will look like. Story Pages: 1bw, 1color, 2bw, 3bw, 4bw, 4color, 5bw, 6bw, 7bw, 8bw, 9bw, 10bw, 11bw, 12bw, 12color, 13bw., 13color, 14bw, 14color, 15bw, 15color. Print extra pictures to decorate your bulletin board. Make copies of b&w pages that you want to use for coloring pages. 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). Read words in bold for the lesson. The words in parentheses tell you what actions you do. Time: About 3-1/2 minutes.

Mark your Bible with Mathew 7:7-11. Other scriptures used as reference: But my God will supply all your needs according to his riches in glory. Matthew 7:7-11.

(1) Did you ever receive a gift that was just what you needed? Do you know why they gave you that gift? They gave you the gift because they love you so much! And, they knew what you needed because they know you so well. Did you know that there is someone who knows you the better than anyone else? And, He wants to give you a whole lot of good things! Listen closely to the stories, and we will find out who that is.

(2, 13) This is Jeremy. His shoes are too small. He can't get them on his feet! Now what should he do? Well, let's look in our bibles. The bible will tell Jeremy what he should do. (Read Matthew 7:7a). (3) So, Jeremy prayed this prayer, "Dear God, I don't have money to buy new shoes. So, please give me a pair of shoes I can wear. Amen." The next day when Jeremy was playing, there was a knock on the door. Jeremy answered the door. It was the Mrs. Smith. She told Jeremy that she had a bag of clothes that were his size. (Lean bag of clothes against picture). She wanted to give them to him. "Oh, thank you!" said Jeremy. After Mrs. Smith left, Jeremy looked through the bag of clothes. Jeremy was so excited! Let's see what he found. (4) (Open the lunch sack and pull out pants). Oh, look!. Here are some new pants! (Pull out the shirt). And, here is a new shirt! (Pull out the shoes). And, here are some shoes! I wonder if they fit? (Place shoes on Jeremy's feet). Look! They are just his size! Jeremy was so happy that God gave him just what he needed! (3 again) So, Jeremy prayed to God again. He said, "Thank you, God, for for giving me shoes that fit; and for the new clothes too! Amen."

(5) This little girl's name is Tiffany. Tiffany just moved to a new town. She doesn't know anybody in this new town. Tiffany wants to find some new friends, but she doesn't know how. Let's read what Jesus says to do: (Read Matthew 7:7b). Seek? That is kind of like the game, Hide-and-Seek! That sounds like fun! (6) Let's help her look for some friends! Are there any friends over here? (Lift flap with nothing behind it). No. Lets' look over here. (Lift flap with nothing behind it). (Shake head no). No friends there either. We will have to keep looking. Are there any friends here? (Lift flap with friends behind it). There they are! (7) Now she is so happy that she has some new friends. She is so glad that she did what Jesus says to do. (8) She prayed, "Thank you, God, for helping me look for new friends; and thank you for helping me find them!"

(9) This little boy's name is Justin. Justin is at his Grandpa's house. He is standing by the door to grandpa's house. He wants to go inside and see his grandpa. What do you think he should do? (Give children a chance to answer). Let's read what Jesus tells us: (Read Matthew 7:7c). O.k. Justin will do what Jesus says. Knock, knock. Knock, knock. (10) Oh, look! Grandpa is opening the door! (Open door). How happy Grandpa is to see Justin! And, Justin is happy to see his Grandpa too! (11) He gives his Grandpa a big hug and says, "Hi, Grandpa!" And, Justin is so happy that he did what Jesus said to do! He prays and says, "Thank you, God, for showing me how to knock, and thank you for Grandpa!"

Did you like the stories? These stories showed us how to ask, (place hands together in prayer), and seek (place hands above eyebrows), and knock (knock on table). Now you can help me tell another story! In this story, Jesus explains why he wants us to ask, and seek, and knock.

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

(12, 13) In Matthew 7, Jesus tells us this: (Read Matthew 7:9) Jesus was telling us, if a child is hungry, a father would give his child a piece of bread if he asked him for it. Who wants to put the sticker on this page? (Pick a child to stick bread on child's hand in picture). He wouldn't give the child a plain, old stone. Who wants to put the stone on the ground? (Choose a child stick stone on the bottom of the picture). Then Jesus said this: (Read Matthew 7:10). Jesus was saying, if the child asked for a fish, a father (Point to father in picture) would not give him a snake instead! He would give him the fish because he asked for it. (Choose a child to stick fish on child's hand in picture). We will throw this yucky snake out. (Pick a child to pretend to throw snake outside). Then Jesus says this: (Read Matthew 7:11). Jesus was telling us that our fathers (point to father in picture) are just people who do bad things and sin sometimes. But, God -- Where is God? (Point up) In heaven! (point up) never sins! He is only GOOD -- All the time! Our fathers (point to father in picture), who are sometimes bad, care about their children and give them good things. And, God, our Father in heaven (point up) who is always GOOD, cares for us even better than our fathers down here care for us. (Point to father in picture) He loves his children even more! And, all of you are his children!

(14, 15) God wants to give us good things! He cares for us so much that he wants us to ask him for what we need. Can you all show me how we ask? (Place hands together in prayer), and seek (Encourage children to join you in placing hands above eyebrows), and knock! (Encourage children to join you in knocking on table). He wants us to trust in him to give us good things. Here are some good things God gives us. (Show the children the stickers). You can all help me put them on the picture! (Give children stickers to put on picture, and ask them to tell you what it is as they place it on the picture). Like Jesus says, we don't have to be afraid, we can just ask God! God loves to give his children good gifts!

PRAYER: Allow children to take turns praying after you or a helper prays.
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