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Mr Jones goes to Heaven

Full and empty present boxes

Bible Text:

Matthew 7:7.

Materials You Need:

Two gift boxes.
Gift wrapping paper.
Thin coloured card.
Empty match boxes.
Pens and crayons.


Prepare one gift box with a cardboard sign in it that reads: "Ask and it will be given unto you (Matthew 7:7)".  Fill this box with gift wrapped match boxes labelled with prayers such as, "To make a new friend", "Stop mommy and daddy fighting", "Help me pass my spelling test", "Help me not to be scared", etc.  Prepare a second gift box that is empty except for a cardboard sign reading: "You do not have because you do not ask (James 4:2)".

Age Group:

Grades 1 - 7 (7 to 14 years).


God is willing to answer our prayers and bless our lives.


Prayer, answers, blessings.


The Warehouse:

God wants to bless us, doesn't He?  Well suppose you found out that God had decided to send you twenty-three blessings today, but you got only one?  What do you suppose stopped the other twenty-two blessings from reaching you? (Let the children offer suggestions).

There's a little story about a Mr. Jones who died and went to Heaven.   Peter was waiting at the gates to give him a tour.  Amid the splendour of golden streets, beautiful mansions and choirs of angels that Peter showed him, Mr. Jones noticed an odd building.  He thought it looked like an enormous warehouse since it had no windows and only one door.

Secrets in Heaven?

When he asked to see inside, Peter hesitated before replying, "You really don't want to see what's in there!"  Mr. Jones was puzzled.  "But, why should there be any secrets in Heaven?" wondered Mr. Jones, "What incredible surprise is waiting for me inside there?"

When the tour was over he was still wondering about this building, so he asked again to see inside.  Finally Peter relented, and when the Apostle opened the door, Mr. Jones almost knocked him over in his haste to get inside!  The enormous building was filled with row after row of shelves, floor to ceiling, each stacked neatly with many boxes tied with red ribbons.

"All these boxes all have names on them," whispered Mr. Jones.  Then turning to Peter he asked, "Do I have one?"  Peter took Mr. Jones arm as he replied, "Yes, you do" and tried to guide Mr. Jones back outside.  "Frankly," said Peter, "If I were you ...."

The Empty Box:

But, he was too late.  Mr. Jones was already dashing toward the "J" aisle to find his box, while Peter followed shaking his head.  He caught up with Mr. Jones just as he was slipping the red ribbon off his box and popping off the lid.  Looking inside, Mr. Jones let out a deep sigh, "It's empty!" he exclaimed.  But no, there was a card lying on the bottom.  What did it say? (Show the empty gift box).

"You do not have because you do not ask" (James 4:2).

A Full Box:

"What does that mean?" asked Mr. Jones.  Peter replied, "You didn't ask God for your needs while you were alive, and so God couldn't fill your box with blessings and the answers to your prayers."  Peter lifted another box from the shelf and opened it (Show the full gift box).   "Look," exclaimed Mr. Jones, "It's full of presents!"

"Yes, answered Peter, "This is little Johnny's box.  He prayed to God every day for his needs and this is his box.  It's full of prayer answers and blessings that God gave to him while he was on earth (Let a few children take out some of the match boxes and read out what they say to the group).

You Need to Ask!

"There's no limit to God's goodness," said Peter, "But, there's a catch - if you don't ask God for your needs and for His blessing, you don't get an answer.  And that's why your box was empty!  Mr. Jones realised that he had lost all this.  "Look," exclaimed Mr. Jones, "There's another card inside.  It says:

"Ask, and it will be given to you" (Matthew 7:7)

Mr. Jones was sad as he walked further, he had not asked for God to meet his needs, nor for God's blessings, but he was so glad that he was in Heaven!

God's Goodness:

In the same way earthly fathers are honoured to have a child ask for his blessing, our Heavenly Father is delighted to respond generously when you long for His blessings.

And so, remember to ask for God's blessing each day and for Him to provide your needs and answer your prayer requests.  He will, and soon your box of blessings will be full to overflowing!

God bless.

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