Thursday, June 26, 2014

Sunday School Lesson on Prayer - Jesus Heals the Official's Son

Use this Sunday School lesson on prayer to teach children about prayer.


Needed: Bibles

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

Ask students, How many of you ever pray?

What kinds of things do you pray for?

Does God answer your prayers?

God answers our prayers in a lot of different ways. Sometimes, He says “Yes” and gives us what we want. Sometimes, He tells us “Not yet” and that means we have to wait. Sometimes, God tells us “No”. That doesn’t mean God doesn’t love us. It just means that He’s not going to give us that thing that we asked for or do what we wanted Him to do.

Today, we’re going to read about a man who asked Jesus for help and Jesus said “Yes.”

(Have a student read John 4:46-47, or read it yourself if your students are too young.)

What did the man want Jesus to do? (He wanted Jesus to heal his son.)

(Have another student read John 4:48, or read it yourself.)

Jesus said that people won’t believe unless they see miracles. Do you think people should only believe in God and Jesus if they see God or Jesus do a miracle?

God does do miracles sometimes and sometimes those miracles are the things God does to answer our prayers, but God wants us to believe in Him even if He doesn’t do miracles, and even if He doesn’t always do what we pray for Him to do.

(Have students take turns reading John 4:49-53, or read it yourself.)

Did Jesus go with the man to heal his son? (No.)

But did He heal the man’s son? (Yes.)

How could Jesus heal the man’s son if He didn’t go with him?

Jesus is so powerful that He could heal the man’s son without ever seeing him. He was miles away and He could still heal him.

Where is Jesus now? (In Heaven with God.)

So when we pray, Jesus is far away from us too, isn’t He? He’s all the way up in Heaven. But do you think Jesus can still help us even if He’s all way in Heaven?

Jesus healed the son without even having to go to him. That’s how Jesus works with us. When we pray to Him, He doesn’t come down to us. He answers our prayers from Heaven, just like He healed the man’s son from where He was. He didn’t have to go see the son. Jesus can answer our prayers from where He is in Heaven.

Just remember that Jesus doesn’t always give us what we want when we pray. But even if God and Jesus don’t give us what we want, or do what we prayed for them to do, we have to keep believing in Him and trust that God still loves us even if He didn’t say “Yes” to our prayer.

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