David C Cook COVID-19 Response

Upper Elementary

Persistent Prayer

Lesson 12 


Spring 2021


By: RLD Editorial Team 


May 30, 2021

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Lesson Focus:

Pray regularly. ECHOES Focus: That your students will be persistent in exercising their right to freely worship God.

Bible Basis:

Daniel 6

Materials Needed:

Step 1:

  • Internet access
  • Cell phone (as a visual aid)

Summary & Links:

Students will connect ideas about communication and prayer and discuss why God wants us to communicate with Him regularly.

Memory Verse:

Devote yourselves to prayer,
being watchful and thankful.
—Colossians 4:2

I keep my eyes always on the Lord. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.
—Psalm 16:8

Step 1:

Students will connect ideas about communication and prayer and discuss why God wants us to communicate with Him regularly.

Materials Needed:

  • Internet access
  • Cell phone (as a visual aid)

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….

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
  • Notebook paper
  • Pens/pencils

Earlier we learned when a nation defies God, there will be consequences. God is not to be undermined! He is sovereign and will always reign supreme, no matter what year it is, who’s in command, or what the people of that time period think is okay. God’s laws and His ways never change.

We discussed earlier how North Korea has defied laws and how Belshazzar and his nation chose to defy God’s laws many years ago. Now it’s time to get personal. A nation is made up of people. We are the people of our nation, the United States of America.   

Pass out notebook paper and pens/pencils to preteens. (If your class is meeting online, invite them to have those supplies ready.) Have them create two lists, one for how the United States is defying God’s laws and the second list of ways they are personally defying God’s laws. Give them time to think and work quietly. Once they are finished, discuss what they’ve written.

  • What are some ways our nation is defying God’s laws? (Some possible answers: abortion; racism; violence/hate; ungodly television shows and movies, etc.)
  • What are ways you are personally defying God’s laws? (Answers will vary but may include: not obeying my parents; constantly fighting with my siblings; using the Lord’s name in vain; etc. Be sure to include your own experiences.) 

Encourage your students to place the lists they made into their Bibles. Challenge them to pray daily for their nation; encourage them to choose obedience to God’s ways this week and to be His light.

True revival and change in our country and in us can only come from God.  Revival means a renewal; to start over or start fresh. In the Christian sense, this means to repent of our sin and make a change to obey God’s ways. 

Let’s take time to confess the ways our nation has defied God and pray for its revival. In doing that, we need to ask for revival of our own hearts. Let’s ask God for forgiveness of our sins and the sins of our nation. Ask Him for His help to show us how to be a light in this dark world.

Have students gather in a circle to pray corporately for our nation and for their personal relationship with God. (If your class is meeting online, invite students to take turns unmuting themselves to pray.) After you sense that the time is coming to an end, pray a closing prayer.

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