May 3, 2020

Build-A-Prayer Workshop #3

Parents, this lesson is simple to use. Just follow the instructions and have a great time with your kids at home worshipping God and learning from His Word together!

Lesson: Yield To God And His Ways

Supplies Needed: Either Legos, play dough, or clay (Something you can create with).

Bible Passage: Luke 19:1-10

 

First watch this lesson video:

 

Discussion & Activities

Here are some questions and activities to help guide you in conversation with your child about the lesson after you watch it together. Let your interactions with your child help you determine what parts to use. Use this as a time to talk, learn, pray and worship together.

 

1. Talk about the Bible Story

Take a rolled-up piece of paper and pretend it’s a microphone or use a real or toy microphone if you have one. Say: “Let’s see how well you remember the story of Zacchaeus. As we pass the ‘microphone’ around, answer the questions as if you were Zacchaeus.”

  • – What was your job, Zacchaeus?
  • – Are you a respected member of your town?
  • – Why don’t people like you?
  • – Why was a huge crowd gathered recently?
  • – Why couldn’t you see over the crowd?
  • – What did you do so you could see Jesus?
  • – When Jesus saw you in the tree, what did he say to you?
  • – How did you feel when Jesus said he wanted to go to your house?
  • – How did the other people feel when Jesus said he wanted to go to your house?
  • – Did Jesus know what you were like and what you had done?
  • – How did Jesus treat you?
  • – What did you tell Jesus you were going to do?
  • – Why did you want to stop stealing and cheating?

Say: Zacchaeus’ life was changed! Does God want to change our lives too? He loves us and wants everyone to find His love, forgiveness and new life in His Kingdom.

 

2. Do a craft together

Using either Legos, clay or play dough, have each family member create something that reminds you about the story of Zacchaeus.

(Parents, if you are feeling ambitious you could even make play dough!! https://www.pbs.org/parents/crafts-and-experiments/no-bake-playdough-recipe)

Here are some things to talk about while you work:

  • – What did we learn about yielding to God today? What does that mean? Why should we yield to Him?
  • – How did Zacchaeus yield to God?
  • – Point out that making your creation can remind us to let God shape our lives. As we learn to follow Jesus and yield to His will, God will fix us and mold us to be like Him!

 

3. Pray together

Pray the Lord’s Prayer together. When you get to “Your Kingdom come, Your will be done,” pause and do one of the suggestions below the prayer. (You can use these different ideas for family prayer times during the week too.)

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. For yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory now and forever.

  • A. Take a moment for everyone to silently reflect on their relationship with God. Encourage everyone to yield to God. If they have been trying to “be kings and queens” over their own lives, let this be an opportunity to surrender/yield to God and say yes to Him as King. Then lead your family in this prayer:
    • “Thank You Lord, for never giving up on us. Thank You for being with us. Our lives belong to You. We love you, God. And we say “yes” to You.”
  • B. Expand this part of the Lord’s Prayer by taking turns praying these sentences from what we learned today:
    • – God, You’re the King. May what YOU want to happen be what happens.
    • – May everyone follow You as their King.
    • – Make everything right again – in the world and in our hearts and in the hearts of those around us.
    • – Help us to do what YOU want.
    • – And we know someday the whole world will come under your wonderful caring rule.
  • C. Take turns adding prayers about what God wants in this world. For example, pray for friends or loved ones who aren’t part of God’s Kingdom yet. Pray for God to help those who are trying to save lives during this health crisis. Pray for yourselves as a family to work together for God’s Kingdom.

This week, help your child commit the Lord’s Prayer to memory if they haven’t already.

 

4. Sing together

Singing is like putting your prayer to music! Here are three great songs to sing in together and learn so you can sing them throughout the week as you gather for family prayer, when you’re praying on your own, or whenever you want!

The first song is a great song of praise to God. The second and third are songs about yielding to God.

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