The Power Of Prayer (part 1)
To learn that prayer is a powerful weapon God has given us that can cause change in the world
Go around the room and have everyone share one high point (best thing) and one low point (worst thing) about their week
If you could choose to be one of the avengers, which one would you choose and why? (Note – if a kid doesn’t know the avengers, ask about any superhero)
Last week, we challenged everyone to pray for just 5 minutes everyday. How did that go? Did you find that easy, or hard?
Do you think prayer is powerful/can change things? How so?
Do you have an example of prayer causing change in your life?
When you are having a bad day (or something horrible, like a breakup, happens), who do you turn too? What makes that person so valuable?
When you pray while in need, what do you think happens?
Does God always answer your prayers right away or in the way you expect?
In your opinion, why do things change because of prayer? Why do you think God doesn’t just fix things without us praying?
During his talk, Darien said “Prayer is not a wishlist – it’s a weapon that we can use to change the world.” How do you think prayer can act as a weapon?
Read this quote by Bill Johnson: “We don’t pray to a deaf God. It’s impossible to pray and have nothing happen”
Do you agree with that statement?
What do you think happens when we pray?
When it doesn’t seem like God is answering our prayers, what do you think is going on?
Read Luke 10:18: “Now you understand that I have imparted to you all my authority to trample over the enemies kingdom. You will trample upon every demon before you and overcome every power Satan possesses. Absolutely nothing will be able to harm you as you walk in this authority”
What do you think constitutes the enemies kingdom? (ex: sickness, death, hurt; anything that is not in heaven)
If Jesus has given us this kind of authority over the enemies kingdom, what are we supposed to use it for?
How does this kind of authority tie into prayer?
ACT IT OUT:
Bill Johnson once said “What is the will of God? On earth as it is in heaven. If it doesn’t exist there, it’s not supposed to exist here. If it does exist there, it’s supposed to exist here”. Through prayer, Jesus has given us incredible power to change the world all around us – to make it look more like heaven.
Last week, we challenged you guys to spend 5 minutes every day in intentional prayer; this week, we want to encourage you all to commit to being intentional in praying ‘text-message prayers’ (short, simple prayers) about any negative situation you encounter throughout your week. It doesn’t have to take much time; just whenever you encounter a bad situation or a problem, take a second to pray about it and see what God does.
Ask your group/child if there are any prayer requests or praise reports that they would like to share. Take a moment and pray over all the requests.