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.
Get out of your seat, crank up these jams and rock on!
Listen to the story from Week 1: Praise –Tell God the Awesome Things We Know About Him; Men Pray at the Temple, Luke 18:9-14
ASK YOUR KID
What’s your favorite praise for God?
PARENT BIBLE STUDY
Read: Psalm 145
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.
Praise: to honor, worship, admire, exalt. In Psalm 145:3, David writes, “Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom.” Praise is an important part of prayer because praising God reminds us that we are not the greatest. God is. We are not the kings and queens of our own lives, but because we are forgetful and prone to selfishness, we sometimes function like we are. God remains on the throne whether we acknowledge that or not, but praise within prayer puts God in his rightful place in our own hearts. We are reminding ourselves that God’s greatness is a greatness we cannot fathom. He is perfect in all his ways.
Beginning prayer with praise also reinforces the foundation of what we believe about God. When circumstances and other people skew our view of God, prayer is a set aside space to remember and declare what is true about him. Throughout Psalm 145, David reminds us of so many attributes of God: he is good, full of mercy, gracious, and loving. He is faithful, trustworthy, and near to us. These are good things to set our hearts on in prayer.
Beginning prayer with praise reminds us who we are and who God is. Through praise, we are asking God to make his name great within us and throughout the world. That is a good place to start.
Praying through Scripture is always a great way to pray, especially when we can’t find our own words. This week, turn Psalm 145 into a prayer. Read the chapter aloud and replace the words “The LORD” or “he” with “you” to turn the Psalm into your own conversation with God.
Make a list of the many attributes of God that David writes in Psalm 145. How have you experienced these different aspects of God in your current or past season of life?
“… 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.