To help each child learn how to pray to Heavenly Father and know that he will listen.
Prayerfully study Daniel 6. See also Gospel Principles (31110), chapter 8.
Make the necessary preparations for any Enrichment Activities you want to use.
Invite a child to give the opening prayer.
Bear your testimony that even though we cannot see him, we can pray to Heavenly Father and he will listen to our prayers.
Show picture 1-9, Morning Prayer.
What is this girl doing?
Who is she talking to?
What do you think this girl might be saying to Heavenly Father?
Use picture 1-9, Morning Prayer; picture 1-10, Family Prayer; and picture 1-15, Blessing the Food, as you discuss with the children the times when we pray. Explain that we can pray to Heavenly Father whenever we want; the most common times are when we wake up and when we go to bed, at mealtimes, with our families, and when we need special help. Let the children hold the appropriate pictures as you discuss them.
Explain that Jesus has taught us to do certain things when we pray. As we get ready to pray, we think about Heavenly Father.
What do we do with our arms when we pray?
What do we do with our heads and our eyes when we pray?
Choose some of these activities to use during the lesson.
Toss a soft object, such as a beanbag or ball, to the children. After each child catches the object, ask him or her to complete the sentence “When I pray, I can thank Heavenly Father for.” The child might answer, “My family.” After each child has had a turn, repeat the activity and have the children name things they can ask Heavenly Father for when they pray. You could show pictures to help them think of ideas.
Sing or say the words to “A Song of Thanks” (Children’s Songbook, p. 20), doing the actions indicated below:
Thank thee for the world so sweet (make arms into a circle to represent world);
Thank thee for the food we eat (pretend to put food in mouth);
Thank thee for the birds that sing (bring fingers and thumb together to mimic a bird’s beak);
Thank thee, God, for everything (spread arms wide)!
(From First Year Music by Hollis and Dann. © 1957 by D. C. Heath and Company. Reprinted by permission.)
Recite the verse “I Am Thankful for My Eyes,” pointing to the parts of the body as they are mentioned:
I am thankful for my eyes,
My ears, my mouth and nose;
Thankful for my hands and arms,
My legs, my feet and toes.
(Adapted from a verse by Lucy Picco.)
Have the children dramatize the story of Daniel in the lions’ den. You could bring simple costumes. If you do not want to act out the entire story, have the children pretend to be growling lions, and then have them close their mouths as if the angel shut them.
Sing or say the words to “Thanks to Our Father” (Children’s Songbook, p. 20) or “We Bow Our Heads” (Children’s Songbook, p. 25).
Have the children draw pictures of things they can thank Heavenly Father for when they pray. Write When I pray, I can thank Heavenly Father for: on each picture.
Remind the children that when we pray we are talking to Heavenly Father, who loves us and listens to us. Help the children say the following verse:
I love my Heavenly Father;
I thank him when I pray.
My Heavenly Father loves me;
He hears the things I say.
Help the children say one or both of the following verses, demonstrating the appropriate actions:
Our arms we fold, our heads we bow,
Our eyes we close, we’re ready now.
We fold our arms and bow our heads
And listen while the prayer is said.
Trace around each child’s hand on a piece of paper. Talk about what we should do with our arms and hands while we pray. Let the children color their hand tracings. Label each picture with the child’s name.