Scripture: 2 Kings 2:19:4:7
- Students will learn the boys mocking Elisha for his baldness were punished because they were also mocking God’s Prophet and by extension God.
- Students will learn if we trust in God and do as He says, God can and sometimes will do amazing things.
- Students will learn God is with those who obey Him. It doesn’t mean bad rings will not still happen in this fallen world or that he will always give us a lot of material things, but He will bless us in ways He knows we truly need.
- Students will go on a prayer walk to remind them how to praise and worship God.
Guiding Question: How can prayer show God we care about Him?
Materials: No materials needed.
Procedure: Review the story of Introducing Elisha from the scriptures above. Emphasize that God provided what Elisha and Jehoshaphat needed. They did not riches but needed water for their animals. Elisha agreed to help Jehoshaphat because he was making godly choices in his life. Elisha said he would have ignored Joram because Joram only cared about God when he needed something miraculous from God.
Explain that we should care about God just the same when life is hard and easy. We should give God praise every day because He blesses us in many ways that sometimes we overlook. Tell the students that praying isn’t just about us getting what we want. Prayer is way to give God praise for His goodness.
Help the students design a prayer walk around their church that that will participate in with you. Have them find places that they feel remind them to praise God, thank God, ask for forgiveness, ask for things for others and then ask for things for themselves. Remind the students to try and remember to pray for all of these things not just ask for stuff. Encourage the students to practice praying this way.
Additional Questions: How can we be reminded to pray to God regularly?
Supplemental Activity: Have the students create prayer action plans for the following week. These plans can include setting aside specific times to pray, praying with family, praying when they wake up, etc.