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Upper Elementary

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Lesson 10 

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Fall 2021

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By: RLD Editorial Team 

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November 07, 2021

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Lesson Focus:

God hears our prayers.

Bible Basis:

Genesis 13:11-12; 18:1-5, 16-33; 19:1-29

Materials Needed:

Step 1:

  • Internet access
  • Whiteboard and marker (or screenshared document)

Summary & Links:

In order to introduce the lesson topic, students will watch a video about a 5-year-old hero and discuss who they turn to for help in challenging situations.

Memory Verse:

Be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.
—Ephesians 6:18b

Step 1:

In order to introduce the lesson topic, students will watch a video about a 5-year-old hero and discuss who they turn to for help in challenging situations.

Materials Needed:

  • Internet access
  • Whiteboard and marker (or screenshared document)

Does anyone here like superhero movies? Films about superheroes have been more and more popular in the last few years. Superman, Spider-Man, Wonder Woman, and lots of other fictional heroes inspire, amaze, and entertain.

  • Do you have a favorite superhero from fiction? Who and why? (Allowing students to briefly discuss their favorite superheroes will help set up the next part of the discussion.)

There are a lot of common themes in superhero movies and stories. Often, we see that the main characters are in trouble and must call for help from someone stronger, faster, or more powerful. Only with help will they be able to defeat the threat and save the day. Let’s see if we can think of some examples we know. Ask for a volunteer to help write down the examples you find.

  • What are examples of someone calling in extra help? (A list of possible examples appears below.)
    Commissioner Gordon uses a spotlight with a bat-shaped shadow to call for Batman’s help.
    In Justice League, Batman and others have to revive Superman in order to help fight the villain.
    In The Chronicles of Narnia, Prince Caspian is able to use a magical horn to call for help, which brings Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy to Narnia.

In all these cases, the people in each story use a special method to get help when they can’t do it all on their own. In real life, we don’t have as many choices. The video we’re about to see shows how a child who was surprisingly young still managed to make a call for help.
Play the following video for your preteens [3:44].
Harrowing 911 call from brave 4-year-old saved mom’s life l ABC News

  • Have you ever needed to call 9-1-1 or other emergency services? What happened? (Allow any students who can to share their experiences; keep in mind that the situations may entail uncomfortable or difficult details and may need to be monitored. Be prepared to share your own experience.)

Our lesson today is about a method we have that will help us get help in any situation. Sadly, we don’t always use it. Let’s learn more.

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
  • Pencils, pens, or markers
  • Index cards

After students clean up from Step 3, hand out index cards and pencils, pens, or markers. If your class is meeting online, invite students to bring those supplies with them to class for this step.

  • In today’s lesson, Abraham prayed about a specific problem. What was it? (Answer: the cities of Sodom & Gomorrah and his nephew Lot.)

We all face situations every day when we can ask God for help. However, if we only pray when we need something, we miss out on opportunities to pray in other ways. We can thank God for His blessings, we can be grateful in our responses to other Christians, and we can praise God because of who He is. 

Divide the students into groups. Encourage them to brainstorm ways they can pray and situations they can pray for during the next week. Discuss these ideas between yourselves and write down the examples you like on your index cards to take home with you.

As the students work, play the following video for reflection [3:59].
Pray – Music Video by Sanctus Real

This week take opportunities to pray and look for how God answers. Try to talk to God often, not just when there’s a problem.

Close in prayer.

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