This week is our second week talking about the Lord's Prayer. Last week we spoke about praise. Praise is important in our relationship with God as it is a way of telling God how grateful we are to him, and how awesome we think he is!
Let's do some praising right now! Join us in a couple of songs....
SUNDAY SCHOOL WORSHIP SONGS
So today we’re going to be learning that wanting God’s will is part of prayer. That means we ask God what he wants for us when we talk to him.
It’s great to talk to God. He’s our friend, and he’s a great listener. Since we’re learning about talking to God today, I wonder, can you guys think about some other people in our lives that we like to spend time with, talking with?
There are lots of people we can talk with. We might talk with them because we need help, or to learn something new, or maybe just for fun. We can talk with God like that, too. Today we’ll find out we can ask God what he wants. Wanting God’s will is part of prayer. We’ll read in the Bible about a time Jesus talked to God about what God wanted for him.
Sometimes though we might find it’s easier to think about what we want than what God wants.
For example, what would you ask for if your birthday was coming up?
I'm sure that whatever you thought of were all fun birthday gift ideas! Let’s see what happened when a boy asked God for his birthday wish.
Can you think about a time you got a present you didn’t really like?
How could not getting what we want be a good thing?
What good came out of the boy in the video getting the wrong gifts?
The boy in our video wanted a video game system, not a baseball bat. But what he didn’t realize is that he could make a new friend with his baseball stuff! What he got was more amazing than what he wanted because God’s will is better than what we want.
If you have time and some space perhaps you would like to play a game called "Mother, May I? - really you don't have to use the word Mother tho...
All the kids will line up on one side of the room and you will have to choose a person to stand on the other side of the room near the wall. The goal is to reach the pther side of the room. Take turns to ask “Mother, May I…?” or "(insert name), May I...?" and include a movement request, such as take three steps forward or one hop forward. You can do what was requested if the reply is “Yes, you may.” but you must stay in place if the response is “No, you may not.”
Here are some ideas for requests; walk backward, hop on one foot, crab-walk, twirl in circles, take giant steps, take tiny steps, fly like a bird, swim like a fish
So, as we've already talked about, today we're talking about wanting God’s will and how it is a part of prayer. Prayer is when we talk with and listen to God, and today we’ll learn that when we talk with God, we’ll start to want what God wants.
Our bible story time today looks at how Jesus talked with and listened to God.
One time Jesus was teaching a big crowd, and he taught them how to pray;
"Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come, your will be done,
on earth as it is is heaven.
Give us today our daily bread, and forgive us our sins,
as we forgive those who sin against us.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil"
We learned about this prayer last week, and we’re going to be learning a little bit more about it for the next couple of weeks.
Can you think of times that you pray?
Jesus prayed all the time because God was his best friend, and he loved to talk with God. Jesus wanted to know what God wanted for him. God can be our friend too, and we can talk to him anytime. God wants the very best for us.
Let’s look at some other times Jesus talked with God.
One time Jesus was very, very sad, and he talked with God then, too. Can you think about why might it help to talk with God when you’re sad?
The Bible says Jesus was getting ready to do something really difficult and so he went to a garden called Gethsemane. Jesus took his friends there too but then he went to talk with God alone. Remember, we can talk with God anytime, and we can talk to God anywhere!
Wanting God’s will is part of prayer and Jesus knew that, so in the garden he said to God, “Do I really have to do this hard thing, God? If you want me to, I will, because I want to do what you want, God!” Jesus wanted to obey God.
Being obedient is sometimes difficult, sometimes being obedient means doing something that you really don't want to do.
Jesus really didn’t want to do this thing God had asked him to do because he knew it was going to be really hard! But Jesus also wanted to do what God asked, so he told God he’d do it if God wanted him to.
I think that Jesus was feeling really conflicted about the difficult thing that God was asking him to do. Jesus went back to talk to God three more times, each time telling God that he would do what God asked even though it was going to be hard.
Jesus asked God what his will was, and God answered that he wanted Jesus to do the hard thing. The very difficult thing that God was asking Jesus to do was to die on the cross and came back to life. It was very stressful and sad, BUT it was worth it, because it means we can be friends with God!
Jesus’ example of how wanting God’s will is a part of prayer. It means letting go of what we want, or want to do, and doing what God tells us is best. God’s in control no matter what, but a change happens in our hearts when we choose to want God’s will over our own.
It’s not always easy to let go of what we want to do and try to do the thing that God wants, but we can also ask God to help us learn to want to do his will as part of the prayer.
When we pray, we also listen to God. We might listen for him to answer a question we asked, or we might listen for him to say he loves us. When we listen, we’re open to God’s will, or what he wants for us. We might not hear something with our ears, but we might hear something inside our hearts. Let’s listen for God to talk to us.
We thank you that Jesus showed us how to pray, and taught us that asking you what your will is in our lives is a part of that. Help us to come to you in prayer, anytime, anywhere, and help us to also listen for you during our prayers. Be with us as we go about our weeks.
In your name we pray,
CRAFT / ACTIVITY
When Jesus prayed in the garden, he talked to God again and again because his heart was sad and worried. But Jesus wanted to do what God asked because God said was best and we can trust God and want his best for us, too.
Let’s make some gardens of our own that we can take home, they can remind us when we pray to ask God what his will is, or what he would want from us.