David C Cook COVID-19 Response

Upper Elementary

Praying for Healing

Lesson 7 


Summer 2022


By: RLD Editorial Team 


July 17, 2022

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Lesson Focus:

God answers our prayers.

Bible Basis:

Matthew 15:21-28; Mark 11: 24; John 14:13-14

Materials Needed:

Step 1:

  • Internet access

Summary & Links:

Students will come to understand because of our faith in Him, God answers our prayers.

Memory Verse:

Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”
—Mark 11:24

Step 1:

Students will come to understand because of our faith in Him, God answers our prayers.

Materials Needed:

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

Our response may be to ask an adult to help the person who is in need. Or, we may help by bringing the person food, water, or medicine. 

Although our first response to someone being sick or hurt may be to care for their physical needs or to ask an adult for help, 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.)
  • 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.) 

Although God may not always answer our prayers in the ways we expect, we can always pray to Him for help. He cares about our needs!

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:

  • Index cards
  • Pens/pencils
  • Bibles
  • Whiteboard and marker (or screenshared document)
  • Optional: Internet access

If your class is meeting online, invite students to bring supplies to class.

Earlier we saw how the Canaanite woman’s strong faith in Jesus’ power ultimately healed her daughter.  She knew that whatever Jesus had to offer, even if it was only the “crumbs from His table” would be more than enough to heal her daughter.  She was right.  Jesus, amazed by her faith in Him, granted her request. 

  • Have you ever experienced a miraculous answer to prayer? Explain. (Answers:  My grandma was healed from cancer; my dad found another job after he was let go, etc.)
  • How would you rate your own faith in God answering your prayers, on a scale from 1-10? Why? (Answers will vary, be prepared to share your own thoughts.)

Ask a volunteer to read aloud today’s memory verse—Mark 11:24.

Our memory verse today talks about our need for faith.  It says, “whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it.”  God wants us to have faith like the Canaanite woman.  She knew Jesus could do it and never doubted Him for a second. 

Our goal should be to increase our faith in Christ.  One of the ways to do that is to dig into His Word and let Him teach us through His Holy Spirit.  He’ll teach us about Himself and speak directly to our hearts while we read which will increase our faith in Him.

There are a few verses we’re going to look up, which we can begin praying God will use to increase our faith in Him.  We can memorize and pray them any time of the day and know God is going to hear us and answer.

Pass out index cards and writing utensils to your students (or invite students to have those items ready at home). Write the following verse references on the whiteboard (or screenshared document) and have your preteens look each of them up in their Bibles.  They should copy the verses onto their index cards.

Luke 17:5—The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith.”
Mark 9:24—Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”
Matthew 19:26—Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

You might want to play the following song as they work [4:38]:
Let Faith Arise

God answered the Canaanite woman’s prayer because of her incredible faith in Jesus. 

  • Why is it important to have a strong faith in God? (Possible answers might include:  He gives us peace during the tough times; faith in God gives us a greater purpose for our lives and lets us know He is totally in control, the Bible says without faith it is impossible to please God [Heb. 11:6], etc.)

On your index cards you’ve written verses you can begin memorizing and praying every day.  Ask God to “increase your faith and help you to overcome your unbelief in Him.”  Tell Him you know “all things are possible through Him.”  It’s okay to pray these things!  There is no better way to communicate with God and grow your faith in Him than by learning Scripture and praying it back to God. 

Let’s increase our faith in Christ, not so our prayers will be answered, but so that His peace will become stronger in us and we’ll know He’s got this, no matter how He answers our prayers.  His will is always the best answer.

Challenge your students to memorize at least one of the verses this week. Encourage them to take time to read God’s Word and spend time with Him in prayer each day.  Ask them to read over their index cards this week, pack them in their bag when they head out the door, or tape them to their mirror in their room

Know these verses.  Pray them.  Believe God will answer your prayers in His time and in His way.  Have faith!  

Pray to close.

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