Joshua Prayers–Teaching Kids to Pray Through Discouraging Times

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This week, HiSKidZ at our church will be learning from the story of God’s encouragement to Joshua that “God speaks to comfort us and encourage us.” Thank you Brian Dollar and the folks at High Voltage Kids!

In order to give our “bigs” a concrete tool to help them as they learn to pray and seek God for themselves and their friends when they are discouraged, lonely or scared, we came up with the “Joshua prayers,” a simple acrostic method for praying specifically in hard times.

SO this week HiSKidZ will be learning to pray for:

J—Joy to return in our hearts
O—Open hearts to hear God’s voice
S—Safety and Protection from the devil’s tricks
H—Humble Hearts to trust God in hard times
U—Understanding that God is faithful in trials
A—Answer God’s encouragement with obedience

Each child will be given two cards like the one in the graphic above. One is for them to take home and use to pray for themselves or their friends, and the other is to share with someone who needs to know that God is there to comfort and encourage them, too.

I’ve always loved the stories of Joshua and the thought that the guy who grew up with Moses, and scouted out the promised land and saw God ruling over all when others saw giants big and tall (10 were bad and 2 were Joshua and Caleb!), still needed God’s encouragement for the tasks that would lie ahead. Even more, I love how, of course, God knew it, too, and was there every step of the way–which is a great comfort and encouragement to me!

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Joshua Fought the Battle of Jericho and the Rice Krispie Treats Came Tumbling Down

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I haven’t posted a Taste and See Sunday in awhile. Well, the truth is I haven’t posted much of anything lately. But as the busy season winds down for me, it’s definitely time to pick up the laptop again.

Truth is, I’m a Rice Krispie Treat lover. My friend Kathy’s husband Stan, is not. He swears they taste like cardboard, and if you just mention the words he launches into the most amusing monologue of why these gooey, chewy treats should not be part of anyone’s diet. So I let him rant, thinking all the while, “Oh well, more for me!!”

Today our preschoolers and toddlers got to share in my love for the treats while they were learning about God’s power at work in a man named Joshua. Joshua, you may know was the leader of God’s people after Moses died. He was the commander of God’s army and led them into the Promised Land. There are a few things I’ve often wondered about Joshua, mainly after the whole “Twelve men went to spy on Canaan. Ten were bad and two were good,” thing. Like, what were the next 40 years like for him? I mean, while almost everyone around him was dying off, or waiting to die off, what was doing in the waiting period? The 40 years time out was his punishment, too, and he hadn’t even done anything wrong.

I suppose he and Caleb spent their days learning from God and being prepared for the days of Promise Land taking that were to come. It seems he must have still been a little nervous when the time came to start marching, since God encouraged him at least three times in the first 9 verses of his book.

“I will be with you. Be strong and courageous.”

“Be strong and very courageous.’

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

 

And strong and courageous he was. The Israelites followed Joshua’s leadership and took Jericho by simply marching around the city as God directed.

Enter Rice Krispie Treats.

Today our preschoolers used Rice Krispie Treats turned Jericho walls as a visual reminder of their story. Teeny tiny pieces of goodness became the stones in the wall and as God’s people marched around them, they tumbled down first onto their plates and then into their bellies!!!

It was a super fun, super tasty reminder of God’s faithfulness to lead, deliver, provide and faithfully keep His promises to His people. Even better, there were some left over!!

Hmmmmm!! Taste and See–the Lord is good!