Wherever we are, in the Sunday school classroom or at home with the family, God hears and honors our prayers. He offers us His ear as we pour out our hearts to Him. In response to our prayers, He blesses us by changing our lives even if we do not see the exact answers we expected. Today, we may not be in the place we expected to be on a Sunday morning, but be assured that this did not come as a surprise to God. He is with us now, waiting to hear and answer our prayers. As a class or as a family, let’s focus on coming before God boldly, knowing He is listening. As you work through this lesson, pray expecting answers in the form of great things that will bring God glory.
May is usually a month filled with graduation ceremonies and the accompanying parties, gifts, and other festivities. This year has been very different. Diplomas have been issued without the pomp and circumstance that usually surrounds the season due to the quarantine restrictions of COVID-19.
Allow preteens to share about any disappointments having to do with family or friends’ graduations this year. Be prepared to share your own experience if you have a story to tell.
Even in years past, graduations haven’t always been what everyone hoped for—some take place when a loved one is ill or absent due to an unavoidable situation such as a military deployment. Let’s watch a compilation of graduates who were going through graduation without someone important—until something unexpected happened!
Share the following video [full length of the video is 6:07; feel free to stop video after watching a few of the scenarios if time is an issue]:
9 Graduation Ceremonies That End with the Unexpected
- Have you ever been in a situation that ended unexpectedly in a good surprise? Tell us about it. (Answers will vary; students may mention surprise visits or trips or gifts. Accept all reasonable answers.)
Today we’re going to talk about a time when Peter and his friends had an amazing experience with prayer—they were totally surprised at the big, unexpected answer God had for them during a very troubling time. Let’s see what happened.