Friday, January 18, 2013

I Can Pray to Heavenly Father FHE


Purpose: To teach that prayer is one of the greatest blessings we have and that through prayer we can talk with our Heavenly Father and seek His guidance often.

Possible scriptures:Psalm 55:17; Matthew 6:9–13; 1 Thessalonians 5:17; James 1:5; 2 Nephi 32:8–9; Alma 34:17-27; Alma 37:37; 3 Nephi 18:19–21; Moroni 10:3–5;


Possible Songs: I Pray in Faith - Children's Songbook #14; A Prayer - Children's Songbook #22b; A Prayer Song - Children's Songbook #22a;; Children All Over the World - Children's Songbook #16; Did You Think to Pray? - Hymns #140; Heavenly Father, Now I Pray - Children's Songbook #19; I Love to Pray - Children's Songbook #25b; Love Is Spoken Here - Children's Songbook #190; We Bow Our Heads - Children's Songbook #25a; Sweet Hour of Prayer - Hymns #142


Possible Materials: A container that says “I am Thankful For” and a container that says “Please Bless That...” along with papers that say “Heavenly Father,” and “In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.” A picture of Enos, a picture of Daniel in the Lion’s Den, praying figurine (or this one), Parts of a prayer craft or Ponder Pray Listen craft.


Preparation: Begin with prayer. Take a self-evaluation. Have your prayers been meaningful lately? Have you paused at the end of your prayers? Is there something you could work on? Also consider the difference between knowing OF God and knowing God. Read the suggested scriptures, the stories of Enos and Daniel in the Lion’s Den, and any articles listed in Resources.

Children: Gather up things that people can be thankful for (food, pillow, toy, shirt, etc.), then watch the video of Enos and Daniel in the Lion’s Den.

Lesson:

Introduction: Pull out a bag that says “I am thankful for...” and ask the family what are some things they’re thankful for. Pull out pictures of some ideas (i.e. clothes, house, family, food, scriptures, etc.) When the family is done naming things, talk about prayer. Ask what are the parts of a prayer? When they talk about asking for blessings, pull out a second bag, labeled, “Please Bless That...” and pull out pictures of things we often need (health, we will listen, safety, our friends, etc.) Place the papers with “Heavenly Father,” and “In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen,” on either side of the bags. Discuss that there are important steps to saying a good prayer. For older children, modify to include the bags, and the steps, but make them write their own responses to include in the bags.

Discussion: Ask the question “what should we pray for?” Here are some answers provided by the Gospel Principles manual:
1.           Strength to resist the temptations of Satan and his followers ( 3 Nephi 18:15; D&C 10:5).
2.          Confess our sins to God and ask Him to forgive us (see Alma 38:14).
3.          Guidance and help in our daily lives.
4.          Families and friends, neighbors, crops and animals, daily work, and other activities.
5.          Protection from our enemies. (See Alma 34:17–27.)
6.          Express love to our Heavenly Father and to feel closer to Him.
7.          Thank Him for our welfare, comfort and all things He gives us (1 Thessalonians 5:18).
8.          Ask our Heavenly Father for strength to live the gospel.
9.          Help in keeping on the strait and narrow path that leads to eternal life.
10.      So we may be righteous in our thoughts, words, and actions.

You should also discuss the language of prayer, using respectful words such as Thee, Thou, Thy, and Thine in place of you and your. For older kids, discuss how we should take time before we pray to think about what we really want in a prayer, who the prayer will include (i.e. for a congregation or a whole family) and any special things the members of the prayer may be seeking. Then discuss taking time after a prayer to listen and reflect.

From the Friend: Discuss how we get ready for prayer.  For younger children, discuss reverence by sitting or kneeling quietly, folding their arms, closing their eyes, and bowing their head.
Activity: Use the figurine from “When I Begin To Pray,” The Friend Oct 1982 or “Fasting and Prayer,” September 2000.

From the Book of Mormon: Discuss or read the story of Enos.  Talk about being able to pray when you need to; It doesn't have to be in the morning or at night. For older audiences, focus on what and WHO Enos prayed for. Help them realize that you should pray for your enemies as well your friends.

From the Old Testament: Read Daniel 6:4-27. Discuss how Daniel never quit praying, even when it was hard. Ask how we can know that Heavenly Father listened to Daniel’s prayers.

Further discussion: Discuss times that we pray, which includes when we wake up; when we go to bed; meals; as a family; in church; when we need strength; when we are scared, or lonely, etc; when we need answers; when we don’t feel like praying; and “continually.” Discuss the importance of listening after we pray. I’ve heard of many analogies to use, like paying for a theme park ride and not getting on it.

Challenge: Challenge each member of your family to pay closer attention to his or her prayers – before, during, and after.

Resources:   Sunbeams Manual Lesson 4; Nursery Manual lesson 3; Gospel Principles Chapter 8;  Come, Follow Me;;




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