Thursday, June 26, 2014

Faith Sunday School Lesson - Jesus Helps Us from Far Away

Use this Faith Sunday School lesson to teach children about the power of prayer.

Needed: Bibles, telephone, paper, crayons or markers

Lesson: (Note: Always allow students enough time to think about and to give their answers to the questions before clarifying the teaching.)

(Have students take turns reading Matthew 8:5-6, or read it yourself.)

What was the problem in this story? (The man’s servant was sick.)

And the man who came to ask Jesus for help was a centurion. What’s a centurion? (A soldier in the Roman army who was in charge of one hundred soldiers.)

So this Roman soldier comes to ask Jesus for help. That’s interesting because most Romans didn’t believe in the real God, but this one did because He came to ask Jesus for help.

(Have students take turns reading Matthew 8:7-13, or read it yourself.)

Jesus said He would go with the man to heal his servant, but did Jesus have to go see the servant to heal him? (No.)

The soldier told Jesus He didn’t have to come with him because he had faith that Jesus can help people from far away. So Jesus stayed right where He was and healed the servant who was probably miles away.

That’s kind of like us. Jesus is far away right now, up in Heaven, but we know we can still ask Him to help us. (Show students your phone.) Have any of you ever called someone on the telephone? When you call someone, you can talk to them even if they’re really far away. When we pray, we can talk to Jesus even though He’s really far away.

And we know that Jesus can help us from where He is, far away in Heaven, because He still sees us and hears us and can help us from there because He’s so powerful. We just need to have faith like the centurion did.

The centurion had so much faith that Jesus said not even the people in Israel had as much faith as him. Even though the people of Israel were supposed to believe in God, this Roman soldier had more faith than they did. And Jesus said that anyone who had faith would get to go to Heaven, but anyone who doesn’t have faith in God can’t go to Heaven.

Activity: Have students draw a picture of them praying to Jesus to help them with something. Remind them that even though Jesus is far away in Heaven, He still hears our prayers and can still help us from where He is.

Find more Sunday School lesson ideas on our Free Children Sunday School Lesson Helps page.

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