Written by: Jenni Link to Lesson 1-4 on lds.org
Review the things we have discussed in the last few weeks (that we have Heavenly Parents who love us, that we are like Them just as we are like our earthly parents, and that They sent us here to learn and grow).
- When we are apart from our earthy father, we may be able to call him on the telephone, write letters or emails, or even have video chats. There is a way that we can talk to our Heavenly Father too. When we use to telephone, we cannot see the person we are talking to, but they are still there and they can hear us.
- Do you say prayers?
- When do you say prayers?
- What kinds of things do you say in prayers?
There are different kinds of prayers. Show pictures of kneeling to pray by a bed (picture 1-9), family prayer (1-10), blessing a meal (1-15), baptism (1-11), confirmation (1-12) blessing an infant (1-39), the sacrament (1-8) and blessing the sick (1-40). Invite the children to help hold the pictures. Ask the children to explain what is going on in each picture. If they do not know what the picture is of, briefly explain it to them.
- There are different kinds of prayers. Sometimes we pray to ask for special blessings, such as to bless our food, to help us find something, or to help someone who is sick or hurt. Can you think of a time when you asked for something?
- Other times we pray to say thank you to God for things. What are some things you are thankful for today? (Help the children understand that in our personal prayers it is appropriate to be thankful for anything, from favorite foods or movies to animals or weather or someone being nice to them)
- Sometimes we pray just because we want to talk to our Father. You don’t have to have a special reason to say a prayer, you can pray anytime. In the Book of Mormon, a prophet named Alma said that we could talk to God all day long.
- We also have special prayers called ordinances. The sacrament, baptism, confirmation, and priesthood blessings are examples of these. For these prayers, someone says a prayer for someone else (or for many someones). Ordinance prayers have special words that are said the same way every time, but for regular prayers we say our own words.
How should we act for prayers? Refer back to the pictures
- What do we do with our arms?
- What do we do with our heads and eyes?
- Why do we do these things? (to show reference and respect, to help us think about God instead of thinking about other things that we are looking at)
Practice demonstrating appropriate prayer behavior.
Use primary songs to review what we have learned about prayer
Sing or say the words of “A Prayer Song” (Children’s Songbook p. 22) several times. Do the actions
Sing or say the words of the second verse of “I Pray in Faith” (Children’s Songbook, p. 14) several times. Review the four parts of prayer listed in the song.
Heavenly Father listens to us when we pray
Show the picture of Daniel in the Lion’s Den (1-14) and tell the story of Daniel as in the manual.
Share a personal experience with prayer. Ask the children if any of them have had personal experiences with a special prayer.
Consider having several closing prayers, so that each child (or each child who wants to) can say one.