Welcome to my Children’s Ministry Page
Over my 25 years in ministry I wrote and presented literally hundreds of children’s message
Here you’ll find one them every week to ten days, for you to use as you is or feel free to adapt it to your ministry needs.
I have added notes to each message to assist you, which include; the bible verse the message uses or references, supplies needed for each lesson, and ideas for handouts for the children to remember the message.
These message are all Gospel based to help the children know Jesus is their Lord and Savior. I utilize true stories as well as imagery to make Jesus come alive in their minds.
I pray you not only enjoy these messages, but that you are able to share them with the children in your church.
(Can be led by a youth leader, Pastor, or a parent with their child.)
“Prayer is serious!”
(The Pharisee and the Tax Collector)
Luke 18:9-17 (AMP)
He (Jesus) also told this parable to some people who trusted in themselves and were confident that they were righteous [posing outwardly as upright and in right standing with God], and who viewed others with contempt: “Two men went up into the temple [enclosure] to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood [ostentatiously] and began praying to himself [in a self-righteous way, saying]: ‘God, I thank You that I am not like the rest of men—swindlers, unjust (dishonest), adulterers—or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I pay tithes of all that I get.’ But the tax collector, standing at a distance, would not even raise his eyes toward heaven, but was striking his chest [in humility and repentance], saying, ‘God, be merciful and gracious to me, the [especially wicked] sinner [that I am]!’ I tell you, this man went to his home justified [forgiven of the guilt of sin and placed in right standing with God] rather than the other man; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but he who humbles himself [forsaking self-righteous pride] will be exalted.”
(There are a couple of items you can distribute to help reinforce this lesson. One, I have added a coloring page and a puzzle page at the end of this lesson. Two, purchase a bag of gold of silver chocolate coins, found at Walgreens, World market, or sometimes found in the Kosher sections in your local supermarket. The coins will remind the children of the tax collector and the Pharisee who boasts giving 10% of his income as a tithe.)
When you pray, what are some of the things you pray about?
(Wait for answers)
Those are all great answers!
You know Jesus takes prayer very seriously?
In the Gospel of Luke, Jesus tells the story of two people who pray.
One of them is a Pharisee, a church leader. Well, he stands up in front of everyone and raises his hands to heaven and makes a big deal of his prayer.
“Thanks for making me so perfect, God! I do everything right! I give lots of money to the church! I follow all your rules! I’m not like everyone else! I’m better! Amen!”
Does that sound like the way we should pray?
So, then the other person prayed. He was a tax collector, and in the time of Jesus, tax collectors were not very nice people because most of them were dishonest and cheated people.
But this tax collector was different. He didn’t stand in front of everyone to pray because he didn’t want to talk to everyone; he wanted to talk to God. He didn’t raise his hands to heaven to make a big show of his prayer. Instead, he was humble before God, asking for mercy.
He just bowed his head and whispered, “God, be merciful to me, for I am a sinful man.”
Where did the tax collector’s prayer come from?
(Point to your heart and wait for a response?)
That’s right; the tax collector prayed from the heart.
God heard his prayer and loved that tax collector even though he was a sinner.
What about the Pharisee?
What do you think God thought of his prayer?
That’s right, the Pharisee was just showing off, and he didn’t even ask for anything; he just told God how great he was.
So, remember … Jesus takes prayer seriously; we should go before Him humbly (meek, and respectfully) when we pray.
We should ask for what we need before we ever ask for what we want, and what we need is forgiveness of our sins.
Prayer isn’t about how great we are; it’s about how wonderful, loving, and forgiving God is!
… repeat after me
Dear Jesus. Thank you for loving me so much you were willing to die on the cross for me. Help me to take my prayer time seriously, always being humble before you, and asking for forgiveness of my sins.
(Hand-out either candy coins or copies of the hand-outs below)