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Lesson on Prayer: A Child's Prayer Answered

You can use this story by Parish Register (from the public domain) as an illustration to teach lessons on prayer.  The Lesson Proper on Prayer is below this story.

There was a 10-year old boy in the great city of New York.  It was one of the coldest days in February and he was standing before a shoe store in Broadway barefooted.  He was peering through the window and shivering with cold.

A lady riding in a beautiful carriage saw the little boy in his forlorn condition and immediately ordered the driver to stop the carriage in front of the store. The rich lady alighted from her carriage, went quickly to the boy, and said: "My little fellow why are you looking so earnestly in that window?"

"I was asking God to give me a pair of shoes," was the reply. The lady took him by the hand and went into the store.  She asked the store owner for half a dozen pairs of stockings for the boy. She also asked him if he
could give her a basin of water and a towel.  The man quickly brought them to her.

She took the little boy to the back part of the store, and, removing her gloves knelt down, washed those little feet and dried them with the towel. Then, she put a pair of stockings upon his feet and the pair of shoes she bought him.  Patting him on the head she said: "I hope my little fellow, that you now feel more comfortable."

As she turned to go, the surprised lad caught her hand, and looking up in her face, with tears in his eyes answered her question with these words: "Are you God's wife?"

Read the Lord's Prayer to the kids (or let them read it) found in Luke 11:2-4.  Say that this prayer was the prayer Jesus taught his disciples when they asked him to teach them how to pray.  Discuss with the kids what are the things that Jesus taught them in this prayer?  Here are some quick points:
  • Giving praise to God.  Why should we praise the Father?
  • Asking for food / needs everyday. Why ask everyday?
  • Asking for forgiveness and giving forgiveness.  Why is it important to ask for forgiveness for our sins?
  • Asking for guidance and protection.  How can we always be safe from evil?

After Jesus taught them this prayer, he told them to pray because he who prays finds answers.  Read Luke 11:9-10.  Just like the boy in the story above who prayed and received the answer to his prayer, we should also pray and trust that Jesus will answer our prayers.

MEMORY VERSE: Luke 11:10
For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.

Print and let the kids color this Lord's Prayer coloring pages.
You can make jigsaw puzzles out of these coloring pages by pasting the colored pages on some cardboard then, cut them into 8-10 jigsaw puzzle pieces.  Group the children into 2 or 3, and let them race each other in solving the jigsaw puzzle.

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