In this three-week, video series, kids will learn how God heard the prayers of Hannah, Solomon and Jonah, and understand that God listens and hears our prayers, too.
Get out of your seat, crank up these jams and rock on!
Watch the story from week 1: God Hears Hannah’s Prayer, 1 Samuel 1-2
Have kids sit down so everyone can see each other. Do introductions if needed. Talk through the discussion questions to help kids understand the story and how to apply it to their lives.
1. Why was Hannah acting so weird? (She was praying hard for a son.)
2. Samuel grew up learning all about God and he became a great leader. How do you think God can use you? (Discuss. Examples: to be kind to people no one likes, to be a leader in doing the right thing even when others are not, to help people, to be like Jesus and love people well)
3. Have you ever prayed for something over and over and over? Do you feel like God heard it? (Discuss.) Do you think he has answered it? (Discuss.)
4. What should we remember when we don’t think God is answering our prayers? (God hears our prayers, he knows what’s best, and he has the best timing.)
ASK YOUR KID
How did God answer Hannah’s prayer?
PARENT BIBLE STUDY
Read: 1 Samuel 1:1-20
Hannah is introduced as a woman who was greatly favored. However, she was unable to become pregnant and she became deeply burdened and deeply anguished. She prayed and prayed and vowed to God that if he gave her the ability to have a son, she would commit him to the Lord. Hannah never stopped asking and God was faithful.
Hannah worshipped in times of deep sadness. In times of darkness and pain, Hannah prayed. She poured out her soul to a God who listened and would give her a son at just the right time.
Then, when God finally gave her a son, Hannah continued to be faithful. She did just as she had promised and committed her son to God. Even though that meant that her long-awaited son wouldn’t even live with her, Hannah was so grateful to God for him that she kept her promise and sent him to live with the priest in Shiloh.
Hannah was persistent. God hears our persistent prayers, too. Even when we have to pray over and over, and even when we don’t get the answer we thought we wanted, we can trust in God’s timing and his plan. Samuel turned out to be the great leader Israel needed. Only God knew the timing on that. Hannah wanted a son. God wanted a leader. Finally the time was right for both, and Hannah’s persistent prayer was answered.
What persistent prayer are you bringing to God?
Does Hannah’s story inspire you to continue to pray? Why? Why not?
“God has listened. He has heard my prayer,” Psalm 66:19.
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.