Once children are made aware of the need to spread the Good News of Jesus to the world, we need to teach them that the most important job they have is to pray for missions. God works through prayer. He changes lives through prayer. As Oswald Chambers beautifully stated, “Prayer does not equip us for a greater work. Prayer is the greater work.”
How can we help children learn to pray for missions?
- Give each child a small squeezable ball with an imprint of the world on it. Teach the children that their prayers have an impact on the world just as a squeeze of their hand leaves an imprint on the ball.
- Teach the children the meaning of intercession using the story of Peter’s deliverance from prison (Acts 12:3-7). Intercession means to bring the needs of someone else to the heavenly Father in prayer. Let the children make a list of needs missionaries have to guide them in intercession.
- Give each child a prayer reminder of a specific country such as a coin, postcard, or souvenir.
- Involve the children in praying for people who live in the 10/40 window. The 10/40 window is the area of the globe located between 10 degrees north and 40 degrees north of the equator. The people living inside of this area have not been fully reached with the news of Jesus. Many of the governments in these areas actively oppose any mission activity. In an age-appropriate way, children can learn to pray for people whose very lives will be in danger if they become Christians or talk about Jesus.
- Create a mission prayer calendar. List a specific prayer focus for each day or month.
- Take time during each ministry session for a “Mission Moment.” Share the one need and pray about it as a group.
Click the links below for information on specific prayer needs related to missions.