Teaching Goal: Topics for daily prayer.
Scripture: Matthew 6:9-13 This, then, is how you should pray:
“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be thy name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our debts as we also forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from the evil one.”
Ephesians 6:18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.
Materials: 1 copy of cube template (print in advance of the lesson)
(page 3 at: http://www.korthalsaltes.com/pdf/cube_tetrahedron.pdf)
Color pencils and/or markers
Optional: Old magazines or computer clip art Scissors
Glue or tape
- Play theme song
- Review Last Lesson
- Lesson and Discussion
Words written in bold are when the leader is speaking. Feel free to use your own words.
A. We are going to create a “Prayer Cube” which we can use when we pray. Just toss the cube and pray for whatever is on top. Hold up the prayer cube diagram. But first, let’s read a couple of verses that talk about prayer. These verses will give us prayer ideas that we can put on each side of our prayer cube.
In Matthew 6:9 Jesus teaches us how to pray. Invite a volunteer to read Matthew 6:9- 13. This is called “The Lord’s Prayer.” Let’s look at each part of this prayer, which will give us five ideas for five sides of our prayer cube.
Read: “Our Father in heaven hallowed be your name.” On the first side of our cube we are going to put PRAISE GOD. God is holy, all-powerful, all-knowing, all-loving and our prayers need to include thanking and praising God.
Read: “Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” On the second side of our cube we are going to put GOD’S WILL. God tells us in the Bible and through his Spirit that lives inside of us what to do, what to say and how to think. We need to pray for God’s help in making good choices, having a positive attitude and keeping our thoughts pure.
Read: “Give us today our daily bread.” Everything we have is a gift from God. In our prayers we can thank God for our home, food, clothes, job, school and safety. DAILY NEEDS will go on the third side of our cube.
Read: “Forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.” FORGIVENESS can go on the fourth side of our cube. When we pray, we need to ask God to forgive us for those times when we made bad choices. When we sinned—lying, stealing, hurting others, disobedience, mean spirit. When we deliberately do things we know are wrong.
Read: “And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.” We need WISDOM to help us make good choices. We can pray for God to help us see when we are being tempted to do something wrong and then to turn away from doing what is wrong. It is also wise to pray for God’s protection against Satan, the evil one. We will put WISDOM on the fifth side.
There are six sides and we only have five topics. Invite a volunteer to read Ephesians 6:18. The apostle Paul who wrote Ephesians tells us that we can pray for anything! So on the sixth side we will put ANYTHING. At prayer time, when we roll the cube, if this side is on top then you can choose to pray about anything that is important to you.
B. ACTIVITY: Let’s make and decorate the prayer cube. Write one of the six key phrases on each side of the prayer cube: PRAISE GOD, GOD’S WILL, DAILY NEEDS, FORGIVENESS, WISDOM, ANYTHING. Option: you can type these on a computer and invite family members to choose different fonts for each word.
Next, on each side of the cube draw words, pictures or images that represent the key words. You may want to assign decorating one or two sides to each family member. Option: You can decorate with pictures from old magazines or clip art and pictures from the computer.
C. At mealtime or any other time that you pray, take turns rolling the cube and praying for what shows up on top.
I will pray Every day.
6. Close in Prayer: Close the lesson by giving each person a turn rolling the cube and praying for what shows up on top.
7. Pass It On: Make an extra copy of this lesson and pass it on to another family.