HEAVENLY FATHER WANTS Me TO PRAY TO HIM OFTEN - ANYTIME, ANYWHERE
I feel that the children in my ward need to have a lesson on the proper way to pray to Heavenly Father.
(If you have the "I will Trust in Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ." 2006 Vol.2 Created by: Karen Finch Finch Family Games, pages 12-16)
I am using these pages for this sharing time, since they do have copyright rules I will not be posting the pictures on my blog. I did make some pictures of my own though. Or a doll will work too.
This part is more for the Jr. Primary
This is Patrick and Penny. Today is their first time to Primary and more then anything they want to learn how to talk with their Heavenly Father. They want to make sure they do it properly. Can we help them? (YES)
Have children Show at each part.
To start we need to show them:
What to do with their arms. (fold them)
What to do with their feet. (keep still or kneel by chair)
What to do with mouth. (keep closed, unless ask to give
What to do with eyes. (close them)
What to do with head. (bow)
Now we are ready to say a prayer. When we pray there are certain words and an order that we need to follow, they are simple but important.
Make word strips for this part
How do we say to start our prayer? (Heavenly Father...)
We then Thank Him for all our blessings.
What are some of the blessings we can thank him for?
(family, gospel, scriptures, Primary, teachers and leaders, prophet, health, food, country, etc...)
We then Ask Him for blessings for others or our self.
What our some blessing we can ask for?
(Keep us from temptation, health for someone sick, missionaries, Prophet, safety, help find something, answer to problem, etc...) .
We then close by saying In the Name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
If you are talking to your friends what names do you use?
When talking to mom or dad what names do you use?
If you were talking President Monson what name would you use?
When Talking to Heavenly Father we do not use "you" instead we use the words:
When we use these words we are showing respect, love, and reverence for Heavenly Father.
When Jesus came to America after He was resurrected. He taught the people how to pray. 3 Nephi 18: 15-20
Jesus understood and taught the importance of prayer. He lived the concept. He prayed continually to the Father for direction and strength, because His greatest desire was to do the Father’s will.
In one of the most powerful of all scriptural accounts, we read in 3 Nephi of the resurrected Lord’s prayers among the Nephites: “No tongue can speak, neither can there be written by any man, neither can the hearts of men conceive so great and marvelous things as we both saw and heard Jesus speak; and no one can conceive of the joy which filled our souls at the time we heard him pray for us unto the Father”.
Jesus “took their little children, one by one, and blessed them, and prayed unto the Father for them” ... Jesus prayed several times for the Nephites, and He taught them how to pray. Behold ye see that I have prayed unto the Father, and ye all have witnessed”.
The lesson for us is clear. We need to be prayerful.
(Joseph B. Wirthlin, “Guided by His Exemplary Life,” Liahona, Feb 1999, 34)
Prayer is the first and vital link between God and man.
("Keith B. McMullin, “Words of Jesus: Prayer,” Ensign, Jan 2003, 48)
This article is a very good resource about how to make our prayers more meaningful.
In the book "TRUE TO THE FAITH" there is a description of prayer.