Why Do We Pray?

Prayer Rock Poem

We used this devotional and craft with kids ages 5 through 17; they all liked it. I thought maybe others would like it too. It is an inexpensive craft and the message is powerful.

"Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. If you do this, you will experience God's peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus" Philippians 4:6-7.

We talk with our friends about all kinds of stuff. In the same way, we should talk to God about everything that is happening in our lives and how we feel about it. God wants us to tell him when we are happy, sad, and afraid. He wants us to ask him what we want for others and for ourselves. Also when we pray, we give God an opportunity to work on us. God has told us to pray. Our prayers show that we obey and trust him to work in our lives.

You can talk to God wherever you are, at any time. But we need special times and places to pray everyday, in order to help us get into the habit of talking with God.

Today, we are going to make Prayer Rocks to serve as a reminder to pray every day. 

(Pass around circles of cloth, about 8" in diameter. [We used material with little hearts on it to show that Jesus is in our hearts], a small stone, curling ribbon for each child, and the Prayer Rock Poem (from our archives), make a copy for each person. Tie the rock in the cloth and curl the ribbon. Read the Prayer Rock Poem and give a copy to each child.)

Copyright 2001 Sharon Reichwald
Jamaciamam@aol.com
Fulton Christian Church, MI

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