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No Babbling in Prayer

Needed: 3 square pieces of paper for origami (size will depend on size of class)

(Practice ahead of time making the simple origami cat pictured below.)

I have something just fantastic that I want to show you!! Are you ready for this? I’m going to fold this piece of paper here, and here, and here, etc. (Continue folding paper until you make the cat.) Are you ready for this?!?! (Hold up figure.) It’s a cat!!! Oh, but that isn’t all. I’ve got another piece of paper here. Watch this! (Fold the next piece of paper to make the identical animal.) Are you ready for this?!?! (Hold up figure.) It’s a cat!!! Isn’t that fantastic! I knew you’d be impressed. but that isn’t all. I’ve got another piece of paper. Watch this! (Again fold the next piece of paper to make the identical animal.) You’ll never guess what this is–it’s a cat!!! What’s the matter? Oh, I guess you’re kind of getting tired of hearing me same the same thing.

The Bible says that when we pray, we shouldn’t babble as some people do. In other words, continuously say the same thing over and over thinking that God is going to hear them just because they are talking so much. When we pray to God for a request, we should ask and then thank Him for hearing and answering that prayer. It is true that we should continue to pray about that matter each day until we see God’s answer come–that’s called persevering–but remember not to babble. God hears us when we pray and even knows our prayers before we speak them. Matthew 6:7,8

Copyright © 1990 Alisa J. Linn
Children’s Ministry Today

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