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 4: Yield – Trust God’s Way Over Ours; Jesus Yields in the Garden; Matthew 26:36-46
ASK YOUR KID
What does it mean to yield to God?
PARENT BIBLE STUDY
Read: Matthew 26:36-46
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.
Yield: to submit, comply, concede, or surrender. In his prayer in the garden, Jesus asked God to take away what was going to be an excruciatingly painful experience. He asked three times, but the answer was no, and he yielded to God’s plan. Jesus actually said the words, “God, your will be done.” That’s important. Jesus intentionally decided to believe and trust that God was bigger than what he wanted, and that God had good in mind for him even in something he didn’t want to do. God may ask us to do things we don’t want to do. Jesus gave us the best example of how to yield to God. We should follow his example.
We can’t miss something important, though. Jesus didn’t gloss over how he felt about the pain that was coming. He was fully transparent. He told God he didn’t want to take that pain. He told God he wished there had been another way to save people from their sins and reconnect them back to God. He told God he didn’t want to die. And then he still submitted. God wants our emotional transparency, too. God cares about the way we feel; he created our feelings! We can tell God how we feel because of our circumstances and ask him for what we want, and then we can still choose to yield to him, fully trusting him. That’s strength. And while we don’t normally associate strength with the word yield or submit, Jesus showed the most strength when he yielded to God’s plan for him to go to the cross.
Our yielding to God in prayer reveals that we value our relationship with him more than we value our own desires. It’s a discipline. It’s strength. It’s obedience. It’s humility. And those sound a lot like qualities that will make us more like Jesus.
Think about your past. Has there been a time where you have yielded to God’s plan for you even though it was painful? How did that act of submission build your trust in God?
What are you enduring that you don’t want to be? Write out a prayer, telling God how you feel about it and then bravely tell him “your will be done.”
“… 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.