David C Cook COVID-19 Response

Middle School

Breakthrough Prayer

Lesson 9 

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Summer 2022

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By: RLD Editorial Team 

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July 31, 2022

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Lesson Focus:

We can pray for each other.

Bible Basis:

John 17:1, 6-9, 13-15, 20-24

Materials Needed:

Step 1:

  • Internet access

Summary & Links:

Students will consider the necessity of interceding in prayer for others.

Memory Verse:

I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people.
—1 Timothy 2:1

Step 1:

Students will consider the necessity of interceding in prayer for others.

Materials Needed:

  • Internet access
  • When someone you know and love is seriously sick or hurt, what is your first response? How do you try to help them? (Accept all reasonable responses.)

Our response may be to call a doctor, drive the person to urgent care, bring the person medicine, or ask an adult to help the person who is in need.

Although our first response to someone being sick or hurt may be to care for their physical needs, we can also turn to our Heavenly Father for help in times of need.

Read this video transcript out loud to your students [including the second paragraph above the video and the paragraphs following the video]:
Trusting in the Power of His Name

  • How did Isabela respond to her father’s illness? (She prayed for his healing.)
  • Why do you think Isabela responded to her father’s illness by going to prayer immediately? (Accept all reasonable responses. Answers may include that Isabela realized God was able to heal her dad.)
  • Do you ever pray for God to help those in need? What kinds of things do you include in those prayers? (Accept all reasonable responses. Answers may include things like praying for people to be healed, praying for them to know Jesus, praying for their needs to be met, etc.) 
  • Have you—or someone you are close too—ever been sick or in an accident where you realized things were very grim? How did you react? Was prayer something you thought about doing immediately, or was it kind of an afterthought? (Answers will vary.)

Although God does not always answer our prayers in the ways we expect, we can always pray to Him for help. He cares about our needs! Let’s see what part prayer plays in our needs and lives today.

Looking for Steps 2, 3 & 4?

You can find Steps 2 and 3 in your teacher’s guide. To purchase a teacher’s guide, please visit: Bible-in-Life or Echoes.

Step 4:

Materials Needed:

  • Internet access
  • Calendar printouts (1 per student; template here)
  • Pens/pencils
  • Whiteboard and marker (or screen-shared document)

Before class, print out enough calendar templates so that each student has one. If your class is meeting online, email the templates for families to print ahead of time. Invite students to bring printouts and pens/pencils with them to class.

Earlier, we heard the story about Isabela’s father being very sick. Although he was very sick, and his family wasn’t sure if he’d survive, Isabela prayed and put her trust in God.

  • If you were in his family, how would you have responded when you heard that he was sick and might not make it? (Allow a few students to share.)
  • Do you think Isabela really believed that God would answer her prayer and save her dad? (Answers will vary but might include: Yes, she believed that God had the power to save her father from being deathly ill; She did not know for sure, but she had enough faith to believe He could.)
  • Do you believe that God can perform miracles in the lives of your friends and family if you ask Him? Explain your answer. (Answers will vary.)

Prayer is an important tool that we can use for others when seeking God’s action in their lives. Think about the potential impact your prayers could have in the lives of those around you.

  • Are serious or tragic situations the only times we need to pray for others? Explain your answer. (People need help with everyday situations just as much as traumatic or tragic ones. Sometimes we forget to pray for people in their regular, everyday lives.) 
  • We learned today how Jesus prayed for His disciples and for us. What are some things we can pray for others? (Students may list some of the things Jesus prayed in His prayer: togetherness, love, joy, protection from evil, etc. as well as the other things they talked about in Step 2. Encourage them to add more to the list; write down their responses on the whiteboard or screen-shared document.)

We know that Jesus prayed for His disciples because He loved them and cared about their well-being, and He often asked God to protect them. We learned that God answered Jesus’ prayers for His disciples through their experiences told in the Bible. In the same way, we can pray for each other and make requests to God for others on their behalf.

Hand out weekly calendar templates and pens/pencils (or invite students to have those items ready at home). Give your students an opportunity to list friends or family who might be experiencing a difficult time and could use prayer this week as well as everyday requests for others. Have them fill out each day with at least one name and something they will pray for that person (they can use the list on the whiteboard/screen-shared document or pray for something more specific). Encourage them to follow through by praying for each person on their daily list and add to the list as the Holy Spirit prompts them.

Close in prayer thanking God that He has given us a way to help others through prayer.

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