Using your phone as a visual, talk through the following questions with your student:
- What kinds of things can I do with my phone? (Let your students give answers that pertain to smartphones as well as cell phones.)
- What is the most important way a phone can help us? (Communicate with other people.)
- Who am I able to call on my phone? Are those phone calls easy or hard to make? (Answers will vary.)
- What if I wanted to call the president of the United States—would I be able to easily do that? Why not? (No, his calls are screened—they don’t give out his number; only important calls about government or his immediate family members can get through; he’s too busy.)
- What are some things that can get in the way of good communication? (Answers will vary but may include: Busyness, distance, misunderstanding, hearing problems, speech problems, vocabulary levels, etc.)
While phones can help us to communicate with others, they can also serve as a distraction to communication. This can happen when we’re on our phones while we’re with people. Or, it can happen when we choose to only communicate pieces of ourselves on social media accounts, rather than being authentic. We can choose to use our tools of communication for better relationships and connection!
Communication is important in any relationship. Prayer is no different—it’s communication with God. God wants us to talk with Him, and He wants to talk with us. In today’s lesson, we’ll meet a man who took prayer very seriously and was so committed to doing it that he ended up getting into big trouble! Let’s find out what happened….