I love it when kids pray!! And I love “Mike and Ike” candies. So when the two spontaneously come together it just becomes one of the BEST DAYS EVER!!!!
This year I’ve made it one of my prayers to help HiSKidZ grow in their walk and talk with God. I’m always looking for great ways to incorporate praying into their everyday life, so no doubt I was excited when God combined one of the desires of my heart with one of the loves of my life.
Here’s the fruit-tastic story.
Sunday night we were meeting with our 6th grade Discipleship group, and that meeting involved an impromptu Wal-Mart run for some pumpkins, and added to the pumpkin run was a snack run—because who can go to Wal-Mart and get just what you came for!!
Those in charge of the all important errand, to the joy of my soul returned to the church with 3 awesome pumpkins and 6 boxes of colorful, fruity goodness also known as “Mike and Ikes.”
We opened them all up and dumped them in a bowl (the “Mike and Ikes” not the pumpkins) and began our study of the gospels.
We quickly chewed our way through Matthew and onto John while also chewing our way through the “Mike and Ikes.” My alarm went off to let me know we were almost done for the night, and reminding me that I wanted to have prayer time before heading home.
Since corporate prayer is a pretty intimidating thing to some of our kids and we didn’t have much time, I thought, “Why not use the “Mike and Ike’s” to help teach the kids about prayer.”
So we dug into the candy bowl, and each choose one more candy, revealed its color and came up with a prayer request that coordinated with the color of Mike and Ike they had chosen.
When we invited Mike and Ike into our prayer time, our prayers went from the general, “Thank you for a great night and help us to have a good week at school,” to some more specific prayers like:
Lord, help us grow in our faith and be strong in you.
Lord, help us to be kind to our friends and even the people who aren’t our friends.
Lord, we want to pray that people will know you and want to be saved.
God, we want to live so that we can be a light for you in the world.
Jesus, help us to tell others about you so they can know about your love and light.
Lord, help us to show your love to those around us.
Our prayer time wasn’t long, but it was focused and memorable. Using those candies helped kids to make a connection, learn to pray more specifically and gain confidence in praying aloud as the body of Christ.
Taste and See. . . .Mike and Ikes, teaching kids to pray and the Lord are all very good.
In case you were curious about those pumpkins. . . .our service project for the night was weeding around the church sign. At the last minute we decided to go get pumpkins to add a little fall color! Little did we know we’d be adding color to spruce up more than the flower bed!