Pray without ceasing.
Many things happen, even being a person of God, precisely because of the lack of prayer. If our faith is not exercised in the spirit, at all times, we end up being guided by feelings, and without protection—exposing ourselves to all kinds of dangers.
And you may ask: “But doesn’t God free us?” Yes, of course, and often of dangers that never came, or will come, to our knowledge. But imagine that you were chosen by the army to battle against an enemy; you have a number of defense weapons and attacks at your disposition, including armor, but you do not use them, and you leave without protection … What do you think will happen?!
God has put at our disposition several “weapons” (Ef.6: 11-18), being one of the most effective ones—the use of the constant faith. But often we subject ourselves to the mistake of neglecting being vigilant, and we end up making ourselves an easy prey for evil.
We have several examples in the Bible of praying men, whose dependence on God allowed them to overcome armies, be free of enemies, cured of serious illnesses, free of lions and obtained miraculous deliverances. This is without a doubt extraordinary! Remember these, and of the biggest Example—the Lord Jesus, that even being God, did not fail to submit everything to the Father, through prayer. Through the entire time we see details that He used to withdraw Himself in order to talk to God. That is why He had the strength to make faith prevail through the most difficult and important moments of His Ministry here on earth.
If Jesus needed to pray, to keep Himself constantly in spirit, what can we say about us?!
The fervent prayer of a righteous person is very powerful.
James 5: 16
The suggestion is: after talking about prayer everyone will pray with this microphone. One way to guide is that while a friend is praying, all the others will hear and agree in spirit.
Add that: when they will be attending the service in the Church or the CBC class, they also must have reverence while the pastor/educator preaches or prays.
The purpose of the microphone is not for them to have fun but, in order to pass on to them fear and reverence during this activity.
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Starting the class giving to the kids a small piece of paper (for those who can write- those who can’t you just ask them and you educator can help them). Ask them to write reasons of prayer (friends, mother, protection, get good grades…)
Friends, there are so many things that we can pray for…
Let’s check our papers here… (start reading the papers one by one)
You see friends, maybe you do not know what to pray for, but there are many things that you or others around you are in need of, and God is counting on your prayers to reach these needs!
Did you already presented your day to God, asking Him for His guidance?
*Did you already ask for protection in favor of your family members today?
Did you intercede in prayer in favor of a solution to a health problem, or for God to give wisdom to the doctor at the time of the consultation?
Sometimes when we are so involved by our daily routine, we forget to submit to God all our ways and pray, even for a few seconds, in favor of those who are around us.
Faith is not just for great achievements, but it should be expressed in small things too, that, so often, we end up considering them too small to be submitted to prayer.
It may also become part of our daily lives.
If we already know that this world lies in evilness – and the tendency is to get worse – how can we keep ourselves free from evil and our family protected?
Divide the kids into 2 teams and give each team the paper bellow.
They should write as many reasons of prayer as they can.
e.g. mommy, teacher, protection,…
The teacher gives them 3 minutes. When the time is over, everyone should stop writing. The first to finish, must say STOP!
Our Father Prayer
The only prayer that the Lord Jesus has tought us is “Our Father”.
What about to make a booklet for them to remember this prayer and carry it home to share with their family?
With the posters from last week, help the smaller ones to write the prayer following the same standard than the posters.
Today we are going to speak about the last five works of the flesh . Who remember some of the twelve that we have been speaking during this month? (wait their responses)
Do not forget friends that there are 17 works of the flesh and “such like that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God”.
Today we are going to talk about 5 more.
* Go to the poster and remove 4 more bricks (remove one brick at a time and explain it).
Heresies: a belief ,opinion or practice that is contrary to the truth. Standards bible doctrine is rejected and a false doctrine is taught in place of the truth.
Envying: jealousy, a feeling of discontent or covetousness with regard to another’s advantages, success, possessions; thinking a person is not worthy of having what they have, because you feel you are more deserving.
Murders: the intentional killing of another human being, or organized slaughter. This includes being involved in a murder even if the person is not directly responsible for the death.
Drunkenness: intoxication, in this case alcohol but can include any mind altering drug, to the point that the person diminish or even lose good judgment and self control. It deeply hurts others who are involved.
Revelling: partying hard, indulging in festivities for no apparent reason; the letting loose of inhibitions and good judgement.
I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and I heard behind me a loud voice, as of a trumpet…
You can only hear the voice of God and obey it when you are in the Spirit.
And what does it mean to be in the Spirit?
Is it possible to be in the Spirit when everything is in your favor? No.
Is it possible to live in the Spirit while your flesh savors all the pleasures of this world? No.
Therefore, how can you be in the Spirit?
1 – When your mind meditates in the Word of God or when your thoughts are subjected to the thoughts of the Almighty;
2 – When meditating on the Word requires sacrificing the visual and audible things of this world. This means becoming blind and deaf to everything that is going on around you. Abstinence of the Internet, TV, movies, literature and any secular entertainment that distracts the mind from the things of the Spirit.
It is certainly difficult. Just like the salvation of the soul is difficult.
The Lord Jesus says:
Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it.Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it. Matthew 7.13-14
Indeed, there have been few who sacrifice the comfort of the wide gate, the easy path of the kingdom of this world, to ensure entry into the Kingdom of Heaven through the narrow gate. This is why only a few have received the plenitude of the Holy Spirit.
But there is no other option, anyone who wants to pay the price to receive the Spirit of God has to sacrifice, they must abstain from the lusts of the flesh.
What pleases the Lord in our lives is not a “work” but a “fruit” that the Spirit alone can produce. We can avoid works of the flesh by staying continually submitted to the Holy Spirit and allowing Him to direct every aspect of our lives (Galatians 5:25).
Game: Works of the flesh or Fruit of the Spirit?
Have the kids seated. Each one will receive two popsicle (one with the works of the flesh and another one with the Fruits of the Spirit).
The educator will give some examples with daily situations.
e.g. your friend got good grades and then you think “He does not deserve, I am more intelligent than him”…
So, in this case it is a work of the flesh (envy). They should lift up the popsicle with the tree “Works of the flesh”.
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