The Power of Prayer

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The Power of Prayer /  Luke 18:7 

One Main Truth: Persistent prayers of faith are answered by God

“Are you ready for the Joy of Discovery? Unlock the One Main Truth: It’s an adventure in the Game, a revelation in the Bible, and it will transform your Life. Let’s take one step closer to becoming a Champion for Eternity!”

In the Game: “The Players had to be Patient and Persistent to Win”
In the Bible: “God blessed Zachariah and Elizabeth for their Persistent Prayers” 
In Life: “God Answers Persistent Prayers of Faith”

1 GAME EXPERIENCE: What Time Is It?

  1. Have two Coaches stand side-by-side at the finish line, facing away from the Players. [For today’s game have the coaches stand far, far away from the players so it takes a long time to win].
  2. Line up the Players along the starting line, shoulder to shoulder, and instruct them to say, “What time is it?”
  3. The Coach on the right should shout a time, for example, “5 o’clock.”
  4. When the Players hear the time, they should take the corresponding number of steps forward and then stop.
  5. Continue the game with the Players repeating, “What time is it?” and the Coach on the right calling out a new time in each round. Important:
    IMPORTANT: Only use small numbers like 1, 2, or 3 o’clock to test the players’ patience and persistence.
  6. Important: About every third time, the Coach on the left side should shout, “It is time to go to jail!” That Coach then turns around and chases the Players back to the starting line. If that Coach tags a Player, that Player has to sit out for one round.
  7. The only time the Players can cross the finish line is when the Coach on the right calls out, “It is time to come home!” This signal allows all the Players to safely run to the finish line.

2 BIBLE DISCOVERIES: Gospel & Truth - Luke 18:17

THE CIRCUMSTANCE  (Luke 1:5-7)
Boys and girls, did you know that God creates every person and has a plan for us before we are born? Today we are going to learn about a couple who lived a very long time ago. In the city of Jerusalem, during the days of King Herod, there lived a righteous priest named Zechariah, from the lineage of Abijah. His wife, Elizabeth, also came from a priestly family, being a descendant of Aaron. They were devoted to God, following His commandments and statutes carefully. However, despite their devotion and love for God, a shadow of sorrow lingered over their home. Elizabeth, though advanced in years, had never had a child, leaving them with an empty cradle and aching hearts.

THE CHOICE  (Luke 1:8-17)One day, as Zechariah was serving in the temple before God, a wonderful event occurred. It was the appointed time for him to burn incense and the multitude of people sprayed outside. Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared, standing on the right side of the altar of incense. Fear gripped Zechariah’s heart as he beheld this heavenly messenger. The angel, spoke with reassuring words, saying, “Do not be afraid, Zechariah, for your prayer has been heard. Your wife, Elizabeth, will bear you a son, and you shall call his name John. He will bring you joy and gladness, and his life will be marked by greatness before the Lord. He will be filled with the Holy Spirit even from his mother’s womb. John will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God, and he will prepare the hearts of the people for the coming of the Lord. (Children anytime you hear Zechariah is unable to speak pat your mouth with your hands,) Zechariah, overwhelmed by this divine message, questioned the angel, “How Shall I know this is true? I am an old man, and my wife is advanced in years.” In response, the angel identified himself as Gabriel, who stands in the presence of God, and declared that Zechariah would be (Pat Mouth) unable to speak until the miraculous events unfolded because he doubted the angel’s words.

THE CONSEQUENCE (Luke 1:18-25)
As Zechariah emerged from the temple, unable to speak, (Pat mouth) the people awaited him, astonished by his delay. He gestured to them but remained mute, clearly having experienced a divine vision within the temple. In the days that followed, just as Gabriel said, the Lord allowed Elizabeth to become pregnant even though she was old. Elizabeth rejoiced in the Lord’s favor. She proclaimed, “Thus the Lord has done for me in the days when He looked on me, to take away my reproach among the people.” The child she carried was proof of God’s faithfulness and the
fulfillment of His promise. Their son was called John, but as he grew older he was called John the Baptist. He was the one who baptized Jesus. John the Baptist’s job was to prepare God’s people for the coming Messiah, Jesus.)

THE LIFE LESSON
Let us each remember the great promise from this history:

  • Luke 1:13 “But the angel said to him, ‘Do not be afraid, Zechariah, for your prayer has been heard, and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall call his name John.'”
  • Luke 1:18 “And Zechariah said to the angel, ‘How shall I know this? For I am an old man, and my wife is advanced in years.'”
  • Luke 1:24-25 “After these days his wife Elizabeth conceived, and for five months she kept herself hidden, saying, ‘Thus the Lord has done for me in the days when he looked on me, to take away my reproach among people.'”

      3 LIFE CONNECTIONS: Connecting Jesus to Every Child

      (1) The One Main Truth Planted in MY HEART, Growing MY ATTITUDE

      POWER WORDS: “And will not God give justice to his elect, who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long over them?”  Luke 18:7 

      (2) The One Main Truth Rooted in MY MIND, Leading MY CHOICES

      POWER QUESTIONS:

      Game Questions:

      • Why did it take so long for anyone to win today’s game? (The leader only called out small numbers, 1,2,3)
      • It took a long time, but did you eventually win? Is this similar to Zechariah and Elizabeth
        waiting a long time to have a son? (Both had to be patient and persistent)
      •  What is it called when we pray and have to wait a long time for something (being
        patient, determined, and persistent)
      • If the Coach in the game says, “It’s time to go to jail,” how can this connect to challenges in life and the role of faith and persistence?
        Boys & girls, that sounds a lot like what we just discovered in the Bible!”

      Bible Questions:

      • What was Zechariah’s job? (Priest)
      •  Do you think Zechariah and Elizabeth prayed a long time before they had their baby?(Yes)
      •  What was the result of their prayers? (They had a son named John, later called John the Baptist)
      • What message did Gabriel give Zechariah? (He and Elizabeth would have a son called John who would prepare God’s people for the Messiah).
      •  The angel told Zechariah, “Your prayer has been heard.” Does this show that God
        listens to our prayers? (Yes)

      Life Questions:

      • Was there a time when you prayed and prayed and nothing happened like Zechariah and Elizabeth did?
      • Why doesn’t God always say yes? Even a good parent says “no” to a request for candy before a meal. Boys and girls, sometimes you will pray for days, weeks, months, years,and decades before God answers your prayer. (Sometimes the answer is yes, wait awhile or no. God knows what is best for us.)
      •  What is God’s plan for us?  (We are to live lives that please Him, fulfilling His plan for our life.
      •  How do we live for Jesus? (By reading our bibles, praying, going to children’s church to hear God’s word, and going to Game Life to learn about Jesus.)
      •  God has a plan for our lives. What do you think He wants you to do this week with your life?

       

      (3) The One Main Truth Today Committed in MY SOUL, Inspiring MY ACTIONS

      POWER PRAYER: Repeat After Me“God thank you for answering my prayers, sometimes you say “yes,” “No,” or “wait.” Holy Spirit help me to be persistent. God how can I pray persistently with faith for the things I need in my life?
      *Let’s be still and quiet, opening your heart to hear God’s whisper* 
      (Coach, wait at least 14 seconds, allowing God to connect to every child)
      God thank you that you hear my prayers and answer “yes,” “No,” or “wait.”   

      Ask the children what is their favorite worship song and then sing several worship songs with Strong & Powerful Worship Motions
      (Click here for worship songs
      “GameLife Strong & Powerful Worship Motions”)

      Now, remember to share this truth,
      practice this truth, and bring a friend back with you! Boys and girls, let’s go out as the
      “Champions for Eternity” that God expects us to become!

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