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Astral Balloons

Astral balloon and detail of slide

Application:

We can fly off our prayers to God like a balloon rocket.  He not only knows us and sees us, but His ears are always open to hear our prayers.

Materials You Need:

A short straight balloon.
A plastic straw.
Thin card.
Scissors.
Sellotape.
Nylon fishing line.

Preparation:

  1. Thread the line through an 80mm length of straw.
  2. Inflate the balloon leaving about a 20 mm tail and tie it off.
  3. Tape the balloon to the straw with the tail facing backwards from the direction it is to go.
  4. Write a prayer on a small piece of card and tape it to the rocket.
  5. Stretch out the fishing line across the room and have two people hold it tight.
  6. Pinch the tail of the balloon and carefully cut a small hole at the tip.
  7. Release it and see your prayer fly off through the air!
  8. Practice this before the lesson!

Effect:

You might not be very big and your prayers may be small.  But, send them up and they will fly through space like our balloon to our great big God!

Text:

1 Peter 3:12.

 

Lesson:

Do you think that your prayers bounce back from the ceiling of your room?   And since you are not very big, you are not important enough for God to hear your prayers?  We sometimes think that God is very far away and can't hear our prayers because we live in such a big universe.

I have this special balloon rocket that I am going to put on this line.   (Thread the fishing line through the straw).  Can two people can hold the ends on each side of the room.  (Stretch out the line with a balloon rocket on it and get two people to hold the line tight).

Sending Off a Prayer:

I am going to write my prayer on this card and I hope that it will reach God.  (Write a prayer of the card and tape it to the balloon).   I'm standing here and God is over there, so here goes ... I'm sending my prayer to God.  (Pinch the tail of the balloon and carefully cut a small hole at the tip and then release the balloon to send off your prayer).  Do you think it reached God?.  (Let the children respond).

Is God blind?  Does He have eyes like us?  (Let the children respond).  You are right, because in 2 Chronicles 16:9 the Bible says:

"For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth
to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to Him."

Can God read and understand my prayer?  (Let the children respond).  God has seen and read my prayer as I believe it reached Him.  Now all I need to do is to trust God and have faith in Him.  Do you think that God will answer my prayer?  (Let the children respond).

Good Eyesight:

God has such good eyesight that He can even see a little sparrow fall, all the way from Heaven, way beyond the stars!  We need huge telescopes to see some stars and even then they look like tiny spots.  You are much bigger than a sparrow, and so God can see you very well indeed.  God's got X-ray vision because He can also see into your heart and mind.  He knows your every thought and action.  He even knows what you are going to say to Him in prayer before you have even said it!

God not only sees us, but He wants to strengthen us as well.  For God to do this we need to be His child and belong to Him fully.  This means that should serve God with all our hearts and make Him very important in our lives.  If we put God first in all things, He will always be looking for ways to help and strengthen us.

Good Hearing:

Do you think that God is deaf?  Well, you will be wrong, because 1 Peter 3:12 says:

"For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous
and He listens to their prayers."

And so, not only are God's eyes on us, but He has very good hearing as well!  He can even hear the faintest prayer that we whisper.  God is always paying attention and just waiting for us to talk to Him.  God's ears are always open, and so He not only hears our prayers, but He is ready and willing to answer our prayers as well.  Philippians 4:6 says:

"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer,
and strong requests and with thanksgiving, present your requests to God."

Good Answers:

Sometimes God answers, "Yes" and sometimes He says "No", and sometimes He says "Not now".  But, He is always working in our lives and God knows what is best for us.  Perhaps you have stopped praying because you think that your prayers are bouncing back from the ceiling of your room.  Think again carefully and make sure that you are putting God first in your life and then start praying again.

This time remember that God sees you and that His ears are always open to hear your prayers.  Now fly your prayers off to God like our balloon rocket.  God will see your need and hear your prayer, and this will move our great big wonderful God to answer your prayer, and help and strengthen you.   Let's pray and try it now!

God bless.
 

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