Balloons, toothpaste, and raisins make up just a few of the incredible object lessons on prayer you’ll find in the post below.
1. Jam-Packed Jar
One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God.
- Large jar
- Pitcher of water
- Put rocks into jar until it’s completely full.
- Put pebbles into the jar until it’s completely full.
- Put sand into the jar until it’s completely full.
- Put a pitcher of water into the jar until it’s completely full.
- Look at the wide-eyed audience and see them get excited when they realize that the jar is able to fit much more than they thought it would fit!
Your life is like this jar. We fill our lives with many things. These rocks are like the important things in our lives. Some important things in our lives might be our parents, school, and church. Is the jar full? No, it’s not full!
We have more things that we do every day. There are many things we like to do to have fun. The pebbles I’m putting into the jar represent all the fun things that we like to do. Is the jar full? No, it’s not full!
We have things and objects in our lives that we think are important. This sand represents all of the objects that are important in our lives. Some objects that might be important to us include: TV’s, video games, candy, and toys. Is the jar full? No, believe it or not, it’s not yet full!
We get so busy doing “things.” Jesus, on the other hand, never got too busy to remember what’s important. We read in Luke 6:12, “One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God.”
Jesus was busy with the crowds, but He always made time to pray. Like Jesus, we can always make room for prayer. This pitcher of water is like prayer. Is the jar full? Yes, it’s finally full!
Key Thought: Prayer is important
2. Rockin’ Raisins
Yes, you can use raisins to show kids what a difference connecting with God makes to your day!
1 Thessalonians 5:17
- Mason jar
- Measuring spoons
- Baking soda
- 2 small boxes of raisins
- Fill mason jars two-thirds full of water.
- Add 3 teaspoons baking soda to one jar and stir until dissolved. Stir in 5 tablespoons of vinegar.
- Drop a small box of raisins into each jar.
- Watch your audience jump up and down as the raisins in the jar with the baking soda dance!8
Tips: Raisins will take a couple of minutes to dance. But if nothing happens, try adding more baking soda.
I’m going to do an experiment today. I brought in two jars. One jar has tap water. And the other jar has water with baking soda and vinegar in it. Now watch closely as I drop in a box of raisins to each jar. Wow! Look at how the raisins in the jar with baking soda and vinegar are moving, while the raisins in the jar of tap water don’t do anything.
This experiment reminds me of prayer. We read in 1 Thessalonians 5:17, “Pray continually.” If we look at the jar of raisins in tap water, the raisins don’t move at all. But the other jar of raisins looks alive.
Whatever you do throughout the day, you should always pray. Praying without ceasing doesn’t mean you should literally pray all day long. No, that would be impossible! But what it’s trying to teach here is that you should always have a connection to God throughout your day. And the way that we connect to God is through prayer.
Key Thought: Make time for God everyday
3. Goliath’s Toothpaste
Demonstrate to kids that you can fight giants with prayer!
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than we ask or imagine,
according to his power that is within us.
- Yeast packet
- Hydrogen peroxide
- Dish soap
- Plastic soda bottle
- Measuring spoons
- Plastic dish pan
- Place bottle in dish pan.
- Pour hydrogen peroxide into soda bottle.
- Add some paint and some liquid dish soap.
- Mix yeast with sugar and two teaspoons warm water.
- Get ready! Goliath’s toothpaste will get bigger and bigger!9
David had to face a huge giant: Goliath. Goliath was so big, in fact, that he was over nine feet tall!
To give you an idea of how big Goliath really was, I’m going to make toothpaste for Goliath. Is it really his toothpaste? No, that would be silly! But I’m going to make enough toothpaste for even a giant to brush his teeth. Watch as I add some special ingredients to the bottle.
Wow! Look at all that foamy toothpaste! Do you think that’s enough toothpaste? I sure hope so!
As you can see, Goliath was huge. If I were David, I would’ve run home crying. But he didn’t. Instead, he faced the giant and trusted that God would help him. And it took just one little stone and a little sling to make a 9-foot-tall giant fall.
Like David, we face giants every day. With prayer, let’s bring our giants before the Lord and have Him fight them for us. Ephesians 3:20, “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than we ask or imagine, according to his power that is within us.”
So don’t be afraid to face your giants. God can do much more than you could ever ask or imagine.
Key Thought: Submit all your problems to the Lord in prayer
4. Prayer Balloons
Use balloons to demonstrate that God hears our prayers.
If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.
- 1 balloon for each child
- Small pieces of tissue paper
- Divide the audience into small groups.
- Give a blown up balloon, tissue paper, and pen to each group.
- Ask group to write down their prayer requests on the tissue paper.
- Tell group to take the balloon and rub it on the hair to create static electricity.
- Have them take their “prayer requests” up in the air and be mesmerized as the balloon miraculously pulls them up.
We are going to learn today how to give our prayers over to God. Let me divide you into a group. I want you to write down any prayer requests that you might have on the pieces of tissue paper that I give you. Next, I want one person in your group to pray for these prayer requests. Finally, take the balloon, rub it against your hair.
Remember those prayer requests that we wrote down? You can put them close to the balloon and see the balloon take them. It’s similar to when we pray. God sees us. He hears our prayers. We can trust Him with our needs.
Key Thought: The Lord hears our prayers