Use this object lesson on prayer to teach kids how to to talk with God.
Objects Needed: Letter & Postage
Big Idea: In your prayers, thank God for all that he has done.
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
Do you know what this is?
It's a letter. We send letters to people who are far away. Maybe you send letters to family members you don't see very often or maybe you have a pen pal that lives in a different country. Have you ever received letters from your parents when you were at camp? I personally love getting letters. There's something about a handwritten letter that makes it more special. In order to send a letter though, you had to put a stamp on the envelope. You have to pay for the stamps because it costs money to send mail.
The same thing goes for the other ways we communicate. A lot of us are more technological and like to use our phones to talk to people who are far away, or maybe your parents use email from their computers. Either way, you have to pay for those services to use those gadgets: yep even email.
Guess what. You know you and I pray to talk to God. Well, that isn't free either: but rather it wasn't free before Jesus came down to earth. In the old times, in order for God's people to come before God and ask forgiveness for their sins, they had to sacrifice animals and give offerings. That wasn't exactly cheap for the families, but it was necessary if they wanted to talk to God. However, when Jesus came down to earth, what did he do? He died on the cross. He became the sacrifice, and since the final price was paid we can now talk to God freely through our prayers. And Jesus sends our messages to God kinda like the mail man man picks up our messages.
So next time when you pray remember that the price is already paid and thank God for it in your prayers.