Mini Point 1: God’s children can praise and thank Him.
• What are some things you think of when you hear the word “prayer?”
• What is prayer? It is when God and His children talk.
• Who can tell me the 4 types of prayer that we learned in large group? Praise, thanksgiving, confession, and request.
Give each child in your group the sheet with four passages of scriptures printed on it. Give each of them something to write with as well. As you talk through the four types of prayer, you will read each passage and then decide which type of prayer it is.
Together, read Psalm 150 and have each child write which type of prayer it is.
Praise the LORD. Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens. Praise him for his acts of power; praise him for his surpassing greatness. Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet, praise him with the harp and lyre, praise him with tambourine and dancing, praise him with the strings and flute, praise him with the clash of cymbals, praise him with resounding cymbals. Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise the LORD.
Which one is this Psalm showing us: praise, thanksgiving, confession, or request? Praise
What is praise? It is telling God how great He is. It is when your heart is so full of worship for who God is that it overflows through words of praise, song, dance, art, etc.
What did this writer describe praise to be like? He described it to be everywhere, loud, full, excited, etc. He said everything that has breath should praise the Lord.
Why is God worthy to be praised?
When/where can you praise God?
How can you praise God?
Spend time in praise: “God, You are... (what is best, wise, loving, generous, glorious, merciful, attentive, creator, almighty, just, refuge, provider, protector, faithful, etc.)”
Together, read Psalm 118:21 and have each child write which type of prayer it is.
I will give you thanks, for you answered me; you have become my salvation.
• Which one is this Psalm showing us: praise, thanksgiving, confession, or request? Thanksgiving
• What is the writer thanking God for? Answering him and becoming his salvation
• What is salvation? Being saved/rescued/set free from something
• What are God’s children saved from? Sin and death
• So what is the biggest, greatest, most amazing thing God’s children can thank Him for? Salvation from sin and death
• All good things come from God. What are some other things you can thank Him for?
• Spend time in thanksgiving: “God, thank You for... (giving what’s best, Your Son, Your Spirit, eternal life, health, wisdom, nature, family and friends, music, comfort, food, etc.)”
• Review mini point 1: God’s children can praise and thank Him.
Mini Point 2: God’s children can confess and make requests in prayer.
Together, read Psalm 32:5 and have each child write which type of prayer it is.
Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, "I will confess my transgressions to the LORD "— and you forgave the guilt of my sin.
Which one is this Psalm showing us: praise, thanksgiving, confession, or request? Confession
What is confession? Telling the truth about your sin
God does not want His children to keep quiet about their sin. What does God do when we confess? Does He punish us?He forgives, or releases us from our wrong. He disciplines all of His children, which means that He teaches and trains them to be like Jesus because He is their loving Father. But He does not punish His children because the punishment for sin is death, and Jesus took that punishment. So when sinners love and trust Jesus, they are forgiven, trained, and helped instead of punished. He helps His children want to follow Him instead of sin.
Spend some time in confession: “God, I’m sorry for... (when I don’t obey, when I don’t trust, etc.), and I thank you that, when I confess, you forgive because of Jesus.”
Together, read Psalm 27:4 and have each child write which type of prayer it is.
One thing I ask of the LORD, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple.
Which one is this Psalm showing us: praise, thanksgiving, confession, or request? Request (asking for something)
What is the writer asking God for in his prayer? He is asking to always be with God, seeing how beautiful He is.
Why do you think this is the one thing that the writer of the prayer is requesting?
Why do God’s children ask God for things? Because He is in charge of everything, and He provides for His children’s needs.
Do you think God’s children request with selfish hearts that demand things from God? No, they have humble hearts that trust that God knows, does, gives, and is what is best.
The first thing we can ask is for God to show us specifically what He wants each of us to request. Take a second to ask for His guidance, then spend some time in request: “God, I ask you to... (show your glory, help me trust you more, make me more confident to obey you, show me how much you love me, give me more faith, help me be like Jesus, adopt more people into your eternal family, be honored at my house/my school/on earth, etc.)”
11. Review Mini Point 2: God’s children can confess and make requests in prayer.