To hear Jesus describe it, prayer is a conversation with God. We share with God and God hears and responds to us—though not necessarily the way we expect.
But most people usually aren’t in a conversation with God; they’re delivering a monologue. They speak (sometimes without giving much thought to what they’re saying) and, if they’re listening at all, what they hear in return is … crickets.
That silence leaves people, including us, wondering if God really is listening. And if He is listening, we wonder why we don’t get clear, direct answers to our prayers. Are we missing what God’s saying? Doesn’t He care? Is it that He misplaces our prayers among the millions that come to Him every day?
Today we’ll GET INTO what Jesus says about prayer and explore a model prayer Jesus shared with His disciples. After the video, we’ll TALK IT UP and ACT IT OUT, discovering that God not only hears our prayers, but He answers every one of them.
So relax, light up a screen, and watch “Praying Lessons.” You’ll have a ringside seat at a lesson on prayer that none of Jesus’ disciples ever forgot!
In today’s video Jesus teaches His disciples, and us, about prayer. Use these questions to TALK IT UP and dig into what Jesus, in God’s Word, tells us about prayer.
Maybe it’s happened to you too: You ask a question or make a request, and everyone ignores you. You’re left hanging—and that feels awful.
Well, that won’t happen when you’re talking with God. God not only hears you, but He also answers every prayer. We don’t always get a “yes” to our requests, but we’re heard—and we can trust that God’s answers are always for our best. (Read Romans 8:28.)
Notice that when Jesus gives an example of prayer, there are several parts to His prayer. Not every prayer has to include each part, but if you want a well-rounded prayer life, you’ll want to be familiar with each part:
Now that you know a bit more about what you can include in your prayers, choose 1 (or more) of these ideas and give it a try—right now.
Note: If you don’t have access to American pennies, explain that each American penny includes these words: “In God we trust.” You can use other coins in place of American pennies.
Explain: Jesus criticized people who prayed in such a way as to impress others (Matthew 6: 5-6). And He cautioned against “babbling,” spewing out lots of words hoping that volume mattered more than conviction (Matthew 6:7-8).
Jesus taught that our prayers are to be focused and heartfelt. We’re talking to a God of immense power who’s also our loving King and Father. We can come into His throne room, but we do so mindful of where we are and who we’re talking to.
And we come trusting that God will hear us and respond.
Lead the prayer this way:
Provide resealable plastic snack bags to store their pennies to use as prayer prompts during the week.
God answers prayers—always. That can be a hard truth to trust in a world where people don’t always follow through to keep their promises. But there’s so much joy in seeing how God is different than anyone and anything else! God loves you—always. Hears you—always. And always, always, always answers when you call on Him.
Helping others see that God cares and answers prayers is an encouragement to them. And it can be a great reminder for you! Here are a few ideas for sharing what you’ve discovered about God answering prayers.
Use the hashtag #GodInAction so we can see what you’ve discovered too!