Parables About Prayer by Jennifer Tolbert
Jesus used parables to teach the people about important things He wanted them to know about God and His kingdom. One of the parables Jesus told was about how we should be persistent in prayer.
1. A parable is a story about an everyday example that teaches a spiritual truth.
2. Jesus taught us how to live to please God.
3. Jesus wants us to understand how we should be persistent in prayer.
Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.
-I John 4:7
Books of the New Testament
Knock, Knock, Knock
Be Still and Know
God is So Good
I Will Call Upon the Lord
Let Us Pray
We Fall Down
Begin Class with Songs, Games, Table Activity, or Sharing Time
Open Class in Prayer
Introducing the Story Ideas
1. Read The Little Engine That Could. Discuss the idea of the word "persistent" and not giving up when we know what we want or need to do is right.
2. ASK: Have you ever wanted something very, very badly and your parents asked you to wait? Did you keep asking? God wants us to feel that same way when are asking for good things in prayer. He doesn't want us to ask once. He wants us to ask over and over again.
3. Plan and play some Minute to Win It Games. Be sure to encourage the kids to not give up as they play their game or try to accomplish their challenge.
Story: Jesus wanted his followers to understand that God wants them to talk to him about their problems. He wanted them to understand how important persistent prayer is.
READ the Parable of the Persistent Friend or tell them the story.
Connect the Story back to God and his character. Explain how this story fits into God's overall story.
Supplies: Strips of Paper, Stapler or Tape, Markers
Give each child 5-10 strips of paper. Encourage them to write the same of friends or family that they can pray for. Use them to create a prayer chain. Send each child home with their smaller chain or keep a larger chain in the classroom and use it to pray for the remainder of the quarter.