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 2: Repent – Admit We Made a Mistake & Turn Back to God; The Prodigal Son, Luke 15:11-32
ASK YOUR KID
What does it mean to repent?
PARENT BIBLE STUDY
Read: Luke 15:11-32
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.
“Repentance is God’s designed means to free us from the burden of guilt.” –John Bloom
From that first sin in the garden, human beings have been living with failure, guilt, and shame. Thankfully, God forgives us. But we can’t accept that forgiveness unless we repent. Paul reminds us in Romans 2:4, that if we remember who God is: kind, forgiving, loving, we will be lead back to repentance. We acknowledge we did something wrong and turn back to God – that’s it. Repentance allows us to accept and experience the full extent of God’s refreshing forgiveness.
The story of the prodigal son is a beautiful picture of repentance and forgiveness. When the son came to himself in the pig slop, he repented. He realized that the way he’d been living was far from God’s best. He started rehearsing an apology speech for his father, but his good father ran towards him and forgave him immediately—as soon as he saw him coming back to him. That’s how good, kind, and full of mercy God is towards us.
Acts 3:19 says, “therefore, repent and turn back, so that your sins may be wiped out, so that seasons of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord.” Prayer intentionally brings us into the presence of God. We repent in prayer because we need God’s refreshing. And we can be sure that he will never fail to forgive or refresh us. He is that good.
Pray through Acts 3:19. Repent. How has God’s forgiveness refreshed you and lifted your burden of guilt?
Why do you think it is important to repent within the context of prayer?
“… 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.