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Teaching Goal: Pray about everything.

Scripture: 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.

Ephesians 2:19-20 Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone.

Materials:

  • 3 x 5 index cards Crayons & markers
  • Tape
  1. Play theme song

  2. Pray

  3. Review last lesson

  4. Lesson and discussion

Words written in bold are when the leader is speaking. Feel free to use your own words.

A. DISCUSSION: What is a cornerstone? Listen to answers. A cornerstone is usually at the corner of two intersecting walls near the front of a building. Sometimes the date when the building was built will be engraved in the cornerstone. Why is the cornerstone important? Listen to answers. The cornerstone is the first stone laid. Every other stone is measured and leveled based on the cornerstone. If the cornerstone is crooked, then the rest of the structure will be crooked. If the cornerstone is true, then the rest of the building will be true. The structure of the building rests and depends on the cornerstone.

Several times in the Bible, Jesus is called the “cornerstone” of the faith. Invite a volunteer to read Ephesians 2:19-20. How is Jesus like a cornerstone? Listen to answers. Jesus is the most important part of the Christian faith. The life of a Christian is built on Jesus. Because Jesus is true, if we build our lives on him we will be true too. We depend and rest on Jesus. Without Jesus we would fall down.

B. ACTIVITY: We are going to build a special wall and “Jesus” is going to be the cornerstone of this wall. We are going to build a prayer wall. It says in Ephesians 6:18 that we are to pray about everything. Invite a volunteer to read Ephesians 6:18. These 3 x 5 cards are going to be the bricks in our wall so let’s create our own family prayer wall.

  • Using the crayons, color the edges of the card or “brick” leaving plenty of blank space on the card for writing names, events and requests.

  • Make a special brick with the name “Jesus” to serve as the cornerstone at the bottom of the prayer wall.

  • Have each family member make several prayer bricks that highlight a specific person, need or prayer request.

  • Using tape that won’t damage the paint or wallpaper, build your prayer wall in a high traffic area of your home.

    Sample Items to Put on your Prayer Bricks

  • Name of Missionary
  • Name of Sick Person
  • Character Quality
  • Praise Word
  • Name of Government Official
  • Special Need
  • Christ-like Behavior
  • Church Name

Kenya

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Praise

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Rescue Mission

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Classmate

Kindness

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Neighbor

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Teacher

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President

Jesus

Thailand

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Grammy

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Peace

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C. Leave the prayer wall up for a week. Add new prayers and continue to build your wall. If a prayer is answered then write “answered” on the brick.

D. Plan a scavenger hunt to find buildings with cornerstones. When you find a cornerstone, review the main points of the lesson. If you have a brick home, you might choose to write “Jesus’ on a cornerstone.

5. Memorize:

God knows what is best,
Give him your prayers & requests.

6. Close in Prayer
7. Pass It On: Make an extra copy of this lesson and pass it on to another family.