Category Archives: Prayer

See You at the Pole 2016 for Children’s Ministry

Every year, youth and children from around the nation gather at the flagpole at their schools and pray for revival. Some have left children out of this great event because of the need for adult supervision. But adults are legally allowed to join students in prayer.

One of the greatest things you can do for the students in your ministry as they go back to their elementary schools is to organize a See You At the Pole Event.

See You at the Pole is held on the last Wednesday of September at 7:00 am. This year, it is September 25th. You can find more information about See You At The Pole  at their website. The theme for See You at the Pole 2016 is We Cry Out: A Generation Seeking Him. Psalm 24:3-6

Organizing See You at the Pole for Children’s Ministry:

Pray: Bathe the students who want to participate in this in prayer.

Prepare: Have an adult leader and student leaders at each school. The students can advertise the event in the school by hanging up posters and telling their friends. The adult would notify the school principal and parents about the event and let them know that there will be adult supervision.

Publicize: Promote this event in your children’s ministry. Get the children excited about it. Give children fliers to pass out to their friends at school. Send a letter home to the parents telling them about this ministry and how their children can be involved.

Plan:  Have the adult at each school get together with the students and plan what they will do. What will they pray for? Will they sing a song or read scripture?

Promote: You can do this by having a special Back to School children’s church where you talk about the power of prayer as the children go to school and how this is one way they can demonstrate their faith. I also recommend a children’s service geared around prayer and this event. Take some time to teach the children why we are praying at the schools and how they can pray. Assure them that they don’t have to pray out loud at these events unless they want to. Showing up and praying silently at the school’s flagpole can be as powerful as praying out loud.

For more information about See You at the Pole, visit their website here.

Remembering 9/11 in Children’s Ministry

This Sunday is the fifteenth anniversary of terrorists attacking the United States on September 11th, 2001. While it affected every one of us, and we all remember where we were and what we were doing on that fateful day, the students in your children’s ministry weren’t born yet. This generation we are ministering to thinks of 9/11 as something that happened a long time ago that they learn about in history books.

Even though they weren’t alive yet, there are many lessons your students can learn from that fateful day. Since the anniversary falls on a Sunday, it would be a great time to commemorate that day and teach those lessons. Here are some ideas for remembering 9/11 in children’s church.

Give your testimony: Tell how you learned about the terrorist attacks and how you felt. Talk about how God saw you through and how God can see them through any problems they face. If you know people who were there that day, tell their stories and about how God helped them through that time of uncertainty.

Praying African Americn boyPray for Our Country: On 9/11/2001, most people prayed for the United States. Since then, our country has moved further away from God. We need to pray for our nation like never before. No only should we still pray for our country’s safety and for our leaders, we need to cry out to God for a Great Awakening to save our nation. Spend time talking about how to pray for our country.

Here are a few articles on prayer that might help.

Heroes Help Others: There are a lot of stories about heroes that helped others on 9/11. Share some stories about those people and talk about how we can help others in need. Spend some time talking about the heroes of faith in Hebrews 11.

What a Hero Looks Like Children’s Sermon

God Is With Us: Talk about the fear people felt on 9/11/2001 and how God is with us even when we’re fearful. Teach the story about Peter walking on water. When he looked at the waves, he was fearful and drowning. When he looked at Jesus, he could walk on water.

Keep Your Eyes on Jesus Children’s Lesson

Missions To Arab Countries: Spend some time talking about how God loves everyone, even the terrorists. Spend some time teaching about missionaries in Arab countries and how they risk their lives to share the Gospel. Have the children pray for the missionaries and maybe write encouraging cards and letters. Kids of Courage has a great free downloadable booklet on Islam.

 

4 Ways to Pray Intentionally for Your Ministry

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Prayer is essential for ministry. Anyone who tells you they are doing ministry without prayer is not effective. Their ministry may look like a thriving ministry on the outside, but unless it is bathed in prayer, no lasting change can take place.

Although most of us know this and do have a thriving prayer life, sometimes we can get centered on our own ministries instead of prayer for God’s Kingdom to come.

Here’s some ideas to make your prayers more intentional and effective.

8f354-schedulePray for those in your ministry by name. If you have twenty people of less that your ministering to, this seems doable, but what if you have a large amount, you’ll need some planning to accomplish this.

1. Identify your core leaders. These are the people you pray for once a day or at least once a week. Write these names in your prayer journal.

2. Divide the other names up into section so that you pray for each person at least once a year. Have a list in your prayer journal so you can mark off the names as you pray for the people. If you know of a need, move that person to the top of your list.

3. Delegate if your list is too large. There are some ministries so large that even this is not practical. If this is the case, divide the names up and give them to your core leaders. You will pray for the leaders. The leaders will pray for the people.

4. Pray Scripture over the names on your list. Here’s a few Scriptures you can use:

  • 1 Thessalonians 5:23
  • Ephesians 1:17
  • John 15:5

Strategic Planning Showing Organizational Business Solutions Or GoalsPray for God’s Plan: Those of us in ministry have a bad habit of looking at what works in other ministries and implementing them into our own. Then we ask God to bless something He didn’t tell us to do.

Seek God’s face and find out what He wants you to do. Our ministry plans will not be effective unless they come from God.

I explain how to do this more in this post: 3 Things You Need to Become an Effective Children’s Minister.

Here’s some ways to pray once you hear from God:

  • Pray for open doors according to Revelation 1:17.
  • Pray that our territory will be expanded according to 1 Chronicles 4:10.
  • Pray for God’s favor according to Psalm 5:12.
  • Pray for God to meet the needs for laborers and resources according to Philippians 4:19.

Pray for other ministries: We sometimes get self-centered in our prayers and only pray for our ministries, but God wants us to expand our borders. As His Kingdom comes in the ministries and lives of others, it will also expand our ministry. Here’s some ideas to expand your prayers.

  • Pray for other ministries within your church.
  • Pray for other churches and ministers within your community.
  • Pray for ministry worldwide.

19aab62856272b861aPray Globally: So often, churches hold pray meetings where we get together to grow our church, our congregation, and pray for the needs of our people. But we are globally the body of Christ. We should pray for our brothers and sisters in Christ wherever they may be.

Some of the best resources for praying globally and for our nation are at Every Home for Christ. Many of these resources are free.

Resolve to pray intentionally, and see how God moves.

A Prayer Connection Object Lesson

This object lesson is used in This is War Children’s Church Curriculum that is due to be released from Revival Fire for Kids in March.

Prayer Connection

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Items Needed:   Toy telephone or cell phone.

I have a friend who lives in another state.  This friend and I are very close.  I felt really bad when my friend moved away.  I still miss her.  Sometimes I just want to hear her voice.  Other times I want to tell her about something that happened to me.  Sometimes I want to ask her what she thinks I should do when I have a problem I can’t solve.  I can’t afford to go see my friend every time I want to talk to her.  How can I talk to my friend?  Give the children a chance to respond.  Some of the responses might be phone, internet or letter.  I have a phone here.  Many times when I want to talk to my friend, I do call her on the phone.  We talk for a long time.  It’s always good to hear her voice.

When I want to talk to God, I can’t use the phone.  I don’t have His number.  I can’t contact Him through the internet.  I don’t have His E-mail address.  I don’t think the post office delivers letters to Heaven.  What should I do when I want to talk to God?  Give children a chance to respond until they mention prayer.  That’s right.  When I want to talk to God, I always can when I pray.  I can tell Him what is going on in my life.  But I can also ask Him to help me know what to do when I have a problem I can’t solve.  James 1:5 says “But if any of you needs wisdom, you should ask God for it. God is generous. He enjoys giving to all people, so God will give you wisdom.”  If we want to know what to do about a problem, we can ask God for wisdom.  He will help us know what to do.

© Tamera Kraft, Revival Fire for Kids, 2015

Using War Room in Children’s Ministry

The hottest Christian movie out today is War Room. Here are a few ideas for incorporating the teaching of this movie on prayer into your children’s Ministry.

Have a field trip, and take your students to see War Room. The material is appropriate for children age 6 and up, and it has 2 main characters that are children.

Buy your students each a journal and teaching guide from War Room resources. Prayer Works – Prayer Training and Strategy for Kids is great for ages 5-10. Ages 9-14 would do better with This Means War – A Strategic Prayer Journal. You could also get Peter’s Perfect Prayer Place for preschoolers.

   

Have the children make their own prayer journals and decorate them. You can buy spiral notebooks, binders, or blank journals for them to use.

Little boy prayingSpend a few lessons on the subject of prayer. Teach children the principles for in the movie War Room including these:

  • Find a private place to pray.
  • Write out your prayers.
  • Find verses to attach to your prayers.
  • Write down when your prayers are answered.

Teach children verse they can connect to their prayers. Here is a link to some of those verses.

9 Prayer Verses for Children

Cute african girlHave a time of prayer in your children’s classes or children’s church. Have the child participate by praying for certain needs.

Teach children to spend time in prayer for the world. These prayer maps for children from Every Home for Christ are free at this link.

Here are a few articles on prayer that might help.

Teaching Children How to Pray

6 Ways to Instill the Desire to Pray in Children

Giving Children Opportunities to Pray

Teaching Children to Pray Using a Model

5 Finger Lord’s Prayer