How to pray - Thank God
Luke 17:11-19 Ten men healed of leprosy
In Luke 17 we hear about Jesus encountering some people in a village he was passing through. In amongst the crowd of people there were ten lepers that were standing at a distance. These lepers were crying out to Jesus, ‘have mercy on us’.
They knew who Jesus was and what he was capable of. They were desperate for Jesus to do something for them.
Jesus looked at them and said, ‘Go show yourselves to the priests’. And as they went they were healed. They’re leprosy disappeared.
One of the ten who were healed came back to Jesus, shouting, ’Praise God’. He started to worship Jesus as he fell to his feet. He was so thankful to Jesus for what had happened. This man was a Samaritan.
He was the only one out of the ten men to go to Jesus and thank him. He was the only one to give glory to God for what had happened. Jesus told the Samaritan man, ‘Stand up and go. Your faith has healed you.
Sometimes we can be forgetful. Sometimes we can be so caught up in things that we forget to be Thankful.
Thankful to God for all the things we have. For all the things He is doing in our lives.
What are you thankful for today?
Be like the Samaritan. Be thankful to Jesus. Don’t forget to say thanks now and again….. we can do this anytime of the day. It doesn’t take long.
See if you can make a chain of ten lepers.
If it’s too hard try doing a chain of 5 lepers using one piece of paper. Do that twice. You now have ten lepers. If you want you can selotape them together so there’s ten in a row.
Remember to colour them in and give them faces!
Make one of the men stand out as that man is the Samaritan who gave thanks to God.
What you need
Fold paper, accordion-fashion.
The number of folds in the paper determines the number of people in the chain.
On the top piece of the folded paper, draw a person whose hands extend to touch the folds of the paper on each side.
Carefully cut around the person, making sure not to cut where the hands meet the folds.
Open up the paper and you will have a chain of several people holding hands.
Colour them in with crayons, make different expressions on each face.
See week 3 below if you missed it!!
How to pray. Confess your sins
Luke 15:11-32 The Prodigal Son
In the story of the Prodigal son it tells us about a love of a Father for his sons.
Like all of the stories in the Bible we can learn so much about God and the lessons of life that we can use for ourselves.
There was a man who had two sons, he owned a big farm. His youngest son did not want to work anymore and wanted to travel and have fun. He asked his father for his share of the family money. The son got the money and packed his things. He left home. He couldn't wait to see the world but his family felt sad.
At first he had lots of fun with the money. But soon all the money was gone. He had to find work and found work on a farm. He was so hungry. He decided to leave and go back home. He would tell his father that he was sorry. He thought that maybe he could work for him.
The father saw his son coming back.
His eyes were filled with tears and he ran to greet him.
The son said please forgive me dad.
That night they had a big party! The father told everyone that his son had been lost but now he is found.
God loves us so much.
Jesus died for all the bad things that we do.
It is good for us to say sorry to people when we do a bad thing. We also should say sorry to God when we have done a bad thing too.
The amazing thing is that Jesus always forgives us and he is always waiting to greet us with open arms.
We are not perfect. Not by a long way!
But Jesus is perfect.
When we look to Jesus everyday he helps us make right choices.
Have a look at this 5 finger Prayer.
Maybe it can help you in your prayer life!
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Make a Welcome home Garden fence craft (shown) or Make your very own Prodigal son craft.
Plenty of ideas online!!
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if you can work out how to do this activity then give it a go!!!
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