Why Do We Pray?
To learn that prayer is meant to help us connect with God, remember who we actually are, and invite God into our problems & lives
Go around the room and have everyone share one high point (best thing) and one low point (worst thing) about their week
Research says that the average person speaks between 10,000 & 15,000 words every day. Who do you think spoke the most/least today? Do you think that you speak more or less than average?
If you could go back to any point in history and have a conversation with one person (other than Jesus), who would it be? What made you choose that person?
In your opinion, what is prayer; and is it important? Explain why you think what you do
How many of you have a best friend? How often do you communicate with that person?
How about just good friends – how often do you communicate with them?
How often do you communicate with God?
During his talk, Darien said “Your life is like a phone – if you don’t spend time connected to the power source, you will slowly find yourself drained & empty. Prayer is our way of connecting to the power source – of connecting us to our heavenly dad.
Why is Darien making such a big deal about daily prayer? Do you think he’s right or wrong?
Do you agree with his assertion that prayer helps charge us up/get through our daily lives? Have you seen prayer do this in your life?
How do you think prayer can affect your life?
Do you believe that God wants to talk to you? If so, why would he want to talk to people like us?
Read this quote by Pastor Michael Todd: “When you don’t pray, you are basically saying ‘Hey God, I don’t need you’… but God wants to be there for you. He wants to have one on one time with just you”
Why do you think it’s so important to God that we pray?
In what ways can/does God help us with our lives?
ACT IT OUT:
Prayer is an act of communicating with God and allowing Him to speak to us & help us with our lives – but in order to hear from God, we need to be intentional. This week – we challenge you to take 5 minutes every day and spend that time telling God about what’s going on in your life, and listening for his voice. If you doubt he’ll respond, challenge him to respond.
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.