The students will understand that we worship God by communicating with Him ... that is both talking and listening. They will be able to describe why it is important to read their Bible and pray every day.
Introduction: Show picture of two people talking. Ask what they are doing, and what they might be talking about.
Progression of Events:
Climax: God wants us to communicate with Him as He did with Adam.
Conclusion: Worshipping God by praying and reading His Word will please Him.
Response: The students will be able to describe why it is important to read their Bible and pray every day.
Praying and listening to God constitute fellowship and there can be no true worship apart from this. This was an important part of man's relationship to God from the very beginning when Adam and Eve walked and talked with God in the Garden of Eden. The more one fellowships with God, the greater the desire for and feeling of worship.
True worship of God emphasizes praise and thanksgiving. Prayer is more than just petitions and the pouring out of troubles and woes. When praise and rejoicing are included it lifts the spirit and lightens the load.
When we pause in our prayers, wait upon the Lord and become quiet before Him, it is then while we listen that He talks to our heart. We are listening to God if we take to heart what He says to us when we read His Word.
You will need two large flannelgraph snails or small insects, large flannel background with green section for grass on top, blue or gray section for sidewalk, chalkboard, and chalk. Do a flannelgraph dialogue with the snails as your two characters. One snail is on the sidewalk mumbling to himself. Second snail comes along on the grass. "Hi, Sam! What are you doing?"
"Hi, Ted! How do you spell 'love'?"
"L-O-V-E, but why?"
"I'm writing a letter to God and I can't remember how to spell everything."
Using chalkboard have children help you write a letter to Jesus.
"Sam, you don't have to write a letter to God to talk to Him. You can PRAY! That's what a prayer is—a letter to God!"
"You mean I wrote all day on this hot sidewalk and I could have talked to God like I'm talking to you?"
Stage a brief pantomime of a person's trying to reach another person by telephone, but receiving a busy signal, and finally no answer. When we talk to Jesus, we don't need a telephone. We don't see Him but we know He hears us. We love to talk to Jesus because He is our best friend. We can thank Him for the good things He has given us (have the children name some). Then we listen carefully to Jesus. He loves to talk to us, too, about the good things He has for us. He also talks to us through His Word, the Bible.
Use a letter in a sealed envelope to open your object lesson. Discuss how we like to receive mail, how we are curious as to whom our letter is from, how we are eager to read the message. Compare this to God's message to us: the Bible. It is written to us personally just as much as if it read "Dear Bobby" or "Dear Sue," and was signed, "With love, Your Heavenly Father." Bring out that God's letter is important. In it God tells us He loves us and that He sent His Son Jesus to earth because He loves us. He tells us how to be happy, how to obey Him, and how to get to Heaven. Point out that as long as the letter is sealed, we do not know what is in the letter. Just so, we must open God's letter, the Bible, and read it.