BIG IDEAS: I CAN PRAY BECAUSE GOD IS EVERYWHERE
AIM: The ‘God is Everywhere’ Childrens Lesson on Psalm 139 is aimed at helping children to know that God is always everywhere, so they can know that they can pray and their prayers are powerful to affect any place at any time.
- Freeze Tag (regular/widescreen). One person is ‘it’ and everyone else must run away from them. If they are tagged by the person then they must freeze until someone is able to unfreeze them. You can choose how they must unfreeze them – by singing, crawling under their legs or tapping them on the shoulder etc
- Everyone’s It. (regular/widescreen) Everyone is ‘it’ and must try and tag the other players. Once tagged the child must sit down and are eliminated from the game. When kids tag each other at the same time they must both sit down.
- Sardines. (regular/widescreen) A version of hide and seek where one person hides and everyone else tries to find them. Once you have found the person you must also hide with them. The last person to find everyone must then go and hide in a different place and a new game begins.
BIG VERSE: Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. Philippians 4:6.
SET the Scene:
Read Psalm 139:1-18.
SPOT the Simple Meaning:
1) GOD IS EVERYWHERE
60 Second Challenge (regular/widescreen): Country Name Game. Can your leaders or any of your kids name as many countries as they can in 60 seconds? There are several options on how to play this game. 1. Leaders or children take turns to name as many countries as they can against the clock. 2. Create a video to show of some of the people in your church naming as many countries as they can.
Say: God is everywhere. By His Spirit He is able to be in all places all at one time. God is three persons; God the Son (Jesus), God the Father and God the Holy Spirit. When Jesus came to the earth He limited Himself to being only in one place at one time, because although He was God He also made Himself to be a human. As humans we can only be in one place at one time. When Jesus left the Holy Spirit for us, He left the Holy Spirit to come into our lives and our hearts and to be everywhere, and with us always.
Psalm 139:7-10 says:
Where can I go to get away from your Spirit?
Where can I run from you?
8 If I go up to the skies, you are there.
If I lie down where the dead are, you are there.
9 If I rise with the sun in the east,
and settle in the west beyond the sea,
10 even there you would guide me.
With your right hand you would hold me.
God is always in every place. There is no place that God is not. That means that He sees everything because He is everywhere. There is no country that God is not in. As our Psalm says, there is nowhere that we can go to flee from God’s Spirit. How cool is that?! The God of the Universe is everywhere all at one time. That means He is always with us, no matter what.
2) MY PRAYERS ARE POWERFUL BECAUSE GOD IS EVERYWHERE
You will need a photo or image of the Flash DC Comics character or of the boy, Dash, from Incredibles that can move all over a room in a flash.
Say: The Flash and/or Dash are amazing aren’t they?! In a few seconds they can flash around a room – as if they were able to be in two places at once. That makes them powerful because normal humans can’t do that. The Flash and Dash can do things that other people cannot do.
Imagine then, God is everywhere. He’s even better than the Flash or Dash. It doesn’t take him a few seconds to get to another place. He is always everywhere, all the time. That can be difficult to understand and that’s okay.
That means wherever and whoever we are praying for, God is already there. He is already able to help. Our prayers are powerful because God calls us to pray and partner with Him to help people in different places! We can be the person that prays and sees a change! Your prayers are powerful because you are praying to the God of all power who is already in the place and with the people that you are praying for!
SEARCH the Scriptures:
[This verse is [part of a vision] Each creature was calling to the others: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of heaven’s armies. His glory fills the whole earth.” Isaiah 6:3.
Read Psalm 139:1-18 again.
- Is there anywhere you can go that God is not there?
- How often do you think about or talk to God in a day?
- Do you remember during the day that God is with you? Why/why not?
- What would help you remember?
- How does it feel to know God is always there?
SENSE How You Feel:
How does it make you feel to know that God is everywhere?
- Create World Window crafts
- Make Paper Plate worlds.
- Create Coffee filter worlds.
- Make Handprint worlds.
- Create Green pasta worlds.
- Make some food from a different nation and encourage the children to think about how God is with people from other countries.
Say: Explain to the children that because God is everywhere our prayers our powerful and can help people all over the world. We can pray for different countries and people everywhere and know that God can and will hear our prayers and will do something about them.
- Map or globe prayers. Get a map or globe out and some books on different countries. Ask the children to put their hand on the map or globe to represent the place and people they want to pray for.
- Luggage tag prayers. Encourage the children to write or draw their prayers for the world on a luggage tag.
- Color the world prayers. Using a world printable encourage the children to pray for the world as they color the printable.
- Green and Blue wristband prayers. Invite children to put green and blue beads onto an elastic that the children can put around their wrist.
- Ask a question. Spend a few moments praying and asking God ‘What do you see in the world that you want me to pray for?’ Encourage the children to wait a few minutes. Explain to them that God speaks in different ways and they may see a picture or word in their mind or they may feel or sense something that God wants to say. Then discuss what they felt God was saying and why. Invite the children to pray.