Use this object lesson on prayer to teach kids that we can talk to God.
Object Needed: 35mm Film
Big Idea: We can talk to God!
We've included the text for this object lesson below and we even recorded a video to help give you ideas for how to teach it. Enjoy watching!
Prayer Object Lesson Script
I wonder if any of you can tell me what this is.
This is a roll of 35mm film, and up until the early 2000s, it was the primary way people took pictures. The process of taking photographs was invented and perfected in the late 1800s. Photographers loaded film into cameras that were specially designed to take and imprint images onto the film. A photo developer then processed the film in a darkroom and turned it into a negative. This was a very delicate procedure because if the undeveloped film was exposed to light, you would lose all your photos! Once developed, the negative would then be used to make the prints that people put in picture frames and photo albums.
For more than 100 years, people had to buy film, send that film off for processing, and make prints, 24 pictures at a time. But odds are that your own kids will never even see a roll of 35mm film. Why? Because of digital photo technology!
In the days of 35mm film, you were limited to about 24 photos per roll of film. Now we have cameras that can take literally thousands of photographs! What’s more, with digital technology, there’s no film to develop and no negative required. You can upload images to your computer and print them by the hundreds at a fraction of the cost of developing film and making prints!
New parents used to have to budget their film when taking photos of their new baby. They’d take a photo here, a photo there, and once a roll of film was done, they’d have to wait a few days to even see their photos. Now they can snap hundreds of pictures at a time, whenever and wherever they choose, with no limitations!
The Bible tells us that going to God used to be a very difficult process. People could not go directly to the Lord in prayer. They had to go to a temple. They had to go through ceremonial washings. They had to purchase a sacrifice. Then they had to take that sacrifice to the priest, who took the sacrifice to the altar for them and asked forgiveness for their sins.
But thanks to Jesus, we no longer have so many obstacles between us and God. When we pray in the name of Jesus, who was the ultimate sacrifice for our sins, we can pray directly to God. We can commune with God all day with no limitations.