Prayer (a break from the parables)
For some reason many of us get into our heads we only pray with our hands together and our eyes shut tight. Where do we get these ideas? Let's see how people in the Bible prayed.
READ: Starting on the meaty task, skip to DRAW if it's a bit hard!
Pick 3 of the verses below. Find a notepad and pen.
Write WHY each person prayed, WHAT they prayed, and WHERE they prayed.
2 Sam 12:13-18 - David pleads for his Son's life
Nehemiah 1:1-11 – Nehemiah prays for forgiveness for God's people
Daniel 6:7-12 - Daniel chooses to pray regularly even when it is against the law
Matthew 26:36-46 - Jesus desperately prays in the garden
Acts 2:42-47 - The disciples devoted themselves to prayer
DRAW: pick one verse from the above list. Draw 5 emojis of what the person/people praying was feeling. Do you think they thought their prayer would be answered, and how?
Now write down something that is on your mind. Draw 5 emojis of how you are feeling.
PRAY: You've just picked something that is on your mind. Look at those emojis and talk to God about why you've put them down, either in your head or by writing. Ask God what he might say to you about the situation you've put down (if you get a thought back after this, write it down and ask yourself, does it fit with what I understand God to be like - forgiving, fair, loving?).
LISTEN: Think about the words to "I surrender"
For a more challenging one (like one of those cryptic poems in English lessons), listen to "The Road, the Rocks, The Weeds" here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rcAazEpsUJY
God bless you and your families,
Katie and the Oak Youth team