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) 
In the bustling city of Jerusalem, during the days of King Herod, lived a righteous priest named Zechariah, from the lineage of Abijah. His wife, Elizabeth, also hailed from a priestly family, being a descendant of Aaron. They were devoted to God, meticulously following His commandments and statutes. However, despite their piety, a shadow of sorrow lingered over their home. Elizabeth, though advanced in years, had never borne 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, an extraordinary event occurred. It was the appointed time for him to burn incense, and the multitude of people prayed 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.”
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, one who stands in the presence of God, and declared that Zechariah would be unable to speak until these 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, 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, Elizabeth, in her concealed state, conceived, rejoicing 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 a testament to God’s faithfulness and the fulfillment of His promise.

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?
  • What is it called when we have to wait a long time for something to happen? (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:

  • How old were Zachariah and Elizabeth? (old, too old for a baby)
  • How did Zechariah and Elizabeth demonstrate persistent prayers, and what was the result?
  • What can we learn from Zechariah’s initial doubt and silence in the face of the angel’s message regarding our faith while waiting for prayer answers?
  • The angel told Zechariah, “Your prayer has been heard.” What does this reveal about God’s response to our prayers, and how can we apply this in our prayer lives?

Life Questions:

  • Reflect on a time when you doubted God’s plan or the effectiveness of your prayers. How can Zechariah’s journey from doubt to faith inspire you?
  • Boys and girls, sometimes you will pray for days, weeks, months, years, and decades before God answers your prayer, Be persistent in faith!

 

(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
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“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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