In this live-teaching series, kids will learn what the Bible teaches us about how to pray. Using a four-part acronym: P.R.A.Y., kids will see how to Praise, Repent, Ask, and Yield to God in prayer.

LET'S WORSHIP!

Get out of your seat, crank up these jams and rock on!

STORY

Listen to the story from Week 3: Ask – Ask God for What We Need; God Is Like a Good Dad, Matt. 7:7-11

ASK YOUR KID

Can you ask God for anything?

PARENT BIBLE STUDY

Read: Matthew 7:7-11

Prayer is a spiritual discipline. And as simple as it might sound to “talk to God”, prayer often seems abstract and intangible. Approaching the discipline of prayer through the acronym of P.R.A.Y. (praise, repent, ask, yield) can help us pray intentionally, in a way that shapes our hearts into something more and more like the heart of Jesus.

Asking God for something means we are aware of the fact that we need something. And we do not need to be afraid to ask. Jesus made it clear in Matthew 7 that God is a good father. He wants what is best for us and he loves to give us what we need.

So, how would we approach a good father? Jesus said ask, seek, knock. We can ask without hesitation. We can believe wholeheartedly that we can get all we need from God. He knows what is best for us, so we can seek that out and trust him. We can knock again and again, confident that our good father God will provide what is best for us.

Asking God for what we need comes down to whether or not we believe he loves us and has our best in mind. Sometimes this means we have to confess that what we want isn’t his best. Sometimes we have to submit to his best without fully understanding how it is good for us at all. But we can trust him. Romans 8:32 says, “He did not even spare his own son, but offered him up for us all; how will he not also with him grant us everything?”

In prayer, as we persist in our asking, we can trust that God loves us. He is good.

What kinds of things do you ask God for? What kinds of things are hard for you to ask God for? Do you trust he wants what is best for you, even if he doesn’t answer you in the way you wanted?

In what ways has God been a good father to you, specifically in terms of how he’s answered prayer?

Now pray. What do you need to ask God for with boldness and persistence?

BIBLE VERSE:

“… The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective,” James 5:16.

THE BIG PICTURE

Our Elementary curriculum is written for 1st through 5th graders. Through exciting videos, or live teaching in the rooms, kids explore stories from the Bible each month. Beginning with Creation, and moving in chronological order throughout the year, kids learn that God is our Creator, his son Jesus is our Savior, and he is loving, healing, miraculous, and personal. Kids learn about baptism, how to pray, how they can be more like Jesus, and how they can help others. In a large group format, elementary kids sing and dance to worship songs, then meet fun characters and play games that introduce them to the concept of the series. After the story, kids transition to small group activities, designed to be led by an adult. We hope elementary kids learn through interactive content, and begin to grow in their understanding of who Jesus is and how to follow him.