June 27 PRAYER

Lesson Title: Jesus Teaches About Prayer
Scripture: Matthew 6:5-15
Our theme is PRAYER


What’s happening in this story? 

In this part of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, he instructs his followers concerning prayer.  Jesus tells them not to be like hypocrites who pray publicly to get others’ attention, nor like Gentiles who think God values long prayers over sincere ones.  Instead, Jesus teaches that faith is about connecting with God, who sees even the hidden moments of our lives.  Jesus then offers his disciples a blueprint to guide their own prayers.  

What does this story mean for kids? 

This passage invites kids to think about how they talk and listen to God.  Some kids may be open to sharing prayer request but shy about speaking their prayers aloud in a group.  This passage lets kids know their prayers don’t need to be perfect; in fact, God already knows what we need and is eager to connect with us.  

Why this theme? 

This story shows kids the context in which Jesus first taught the Lord’s Prayer and helps them think about why he gave it to his followers.  All Christians pray some version of this prayer, so knowing its background and pondering its meaning can help kids grow as Christians. 
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Taken directly from Whirl Sunday School Curriculum 2016

Whirl Classroom Sunday School Curriculum. Sparkhouse, 2016.