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Jesus told this powerful parable to illustrate how God wants us to pray in Luke 18:9-14. The download below includes the complete printable lesson plan, several craft ideas, and bonus coloring pages. It’s everything you need to prepare for your class this weekend.
“The Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector”
Young - Children - Prayer - Boasting - Bragging
Young children may not yet be familiar with worrying about public prayer, but they have certainly encountered boasting and bragging. This lesson looks at the parable of the Pharisee and tax collector to discuss the meaning and importance of humility, and reminds students that our prayers and our lives should be focused on God.
Lesson focus: When we brag about how great we think we are, it places all of the attention on our own power, and neglects the importance of God’s work in our lives. We should in humility focus on Christ first and foremost, and remember that our strength comes from Him.
Bonus - Ideas
See our example “Sinners Prayers” for children
Lesson - Opening - Use - Games - Visuals
Lesson Opening: Use one of the following games or visuals to illustrate for kids the dangers of boasting:.
(Younger students) Balloon blast…talk about how pride can puff us up, sort of like a balloon. Demonstrate this live! Explain that when a balloon gets too full of air, one of two things is likely to happen: Either you let go and it flies recklessly away (with a funny pfffft sound), or it….POPS!
Counts…show - Students - Mugs - Cups - Part
What’s inside counts…show students two mugs or cups, making sure they only see the outer part at first. One of them should be nice and clean on the outside, but have dirt or grime inside. The other mug should be older or a bit dirty on the outside, but clean within. Which would they rather drink out of? It might be surprising to see that the pretty and “clean” one...
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