Title of Unit: Prayer: Boldly Approaching the Throne of Grace
Dates: February 17-March 17
Key Concept of Unit: We can have a relationship with God through prayer.
Unit Overview: David was a great sinner who understood he had a great Savior. The God David writes about in the Psalms is both personal and all powerful. He approached Him with honesty in every season of life—those filled with joy, those filled with pain, those filled with sin, those filled with blessing, and every where in between. By examining the Psalms, children will get a glimpse of what it means to approach their Forever King boldly through prayer.
Memory Verse for Unit: So let us boldly approach the throne of grace. Then we will receive mercy. We will find grace to help us when we need it. Hebrews 4:16
Objectives for Unit:
After participating in this unit, children will understand:
· Because of Jesus, we can have a relationship with God through prayer. We don’t have to be afraid to approach our Forever King. Instead, we can do so boldly.
· Jesus wants us to come to Him honestly in prayer. We don’t have to “fix ourselves” before we can come to Him. Instead, we can come to Him broken, messy, weary and needy.
· Our Forever King is both personal and all-powerful.
Family Dinner: In his book The Praying Life, Paul Miller writes, “When Jesus describes the intimacy he wants with us, he talks about joining us for dinner. “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me” (Revelation 3:20). A praying life feels like our family mealtimes because prayer is all about relationship.” In this workshop, children will participate in a family dinner and a set of prayer stations that allow them to experience this idea.
Messy: Children will create a mess using various objects and attempt to clean it up with a filthy rag to symbolize how our righteous acts are unable to cover over our sin. They will read Psalm 51 to see how David came to God with his sin and take some time to respond.
Memory Verse: Children will learn that through Jesus, we can approach God’s throne of grace confidently. After studying several passages about prayer, children will create scepters to remind them of this truth found in our memory verse.
Music: Students will learn that part of prayer is praising God for who He is and what He’s done. Children will listen and illustrate the song “The Lord Is” before selecting a Psalm to sing, dance, and/or act out as a way of praising God.
Thanksgiving Tree: Children will create a class “Thanksgiving Tree” as a way to praise and thank God for His past grace.
Ways to Follow Up:
· Listen to The Lord Is by: Sovereign Grace
· Spend time praying together as a family. You can pray aloud, through writing in a journal, using note cards, or even creating a tree of thanksgiving listing the many things you’re thankful for.
· Read Psalms together or p. 130-135 in The Jesus Storybook Bible.
· Practice the memory verse together.
· As parents, read The Praying Life by: Paul Miller. It will encourage you as you spend time with the Lord and pray for your children together.
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Dig Into the Bible:
Psalm 139:17-18; Matthew 10:29-32; John 5:16-18, 36-44; 2 Corinthians 10:12-18; Galatians 1:10
Fitting in—wanting to have the right clothes, watch the right movies, and hang out with the right people—is growing increasingly important to your preteen. And the media your child sees (magazines, TV shows, commercials, and movies) just reinforces this message of the need to be liked and accepted.
Take a minute with your son or daughter to thumb through some magazines targeted at preteens and teens (companies are starting to target these age groups together). Check out Teen People, Teen Vogue, J-14, or other magazines your preteen might subscribe to or be interested in. Count how many references to popularity or fitting in you can find. Then read Romans 12:2 together. Remind your child that fitting in with God’s plan is more important than being liked.