Our Daily Bread…God Provides! Children’s Sermon Message & Bible Object Lesson on the Lord’s Prayer from Luke 11:1-13
This children’s sermon object lesson can be used in your children’s church to teach about prayer from Luke 11:1-13. In this powerful lesson, Jesus explains how God wants us to ask for what we need. This is a story that both children and adults can understand. Get your object lesson props and prepare to preach this sermon to children in your congregation.
Lesson Objective: Everything has a price. When we purchase items of any sort, we buy them with currency, whether cash, card, or otherwise. Sometimes we use coupons to help purchase things for less money. For children, things that are needed are likely provided by parents. But how do we obtain things we need from God? Do we have to pay a fee or provide a coupon? Of course not! As a loving Father, God gives us what we need each day, and we only have to ask. This children’s message reminds students of the blessing that God provides in allowing us to pray and ask for what we need, knowing He will grant it.
Law/Gospel Theme: God gave us the ability, and even template, for prayer. He knows and provides for our needs, but He still wants us to come to Him and ask. Loving parents provide their children with what they need (even if not what they think they want), but still desire communication with kids. As the greatest example of a loving Father, God wants to hear from us, but promises to give us what we need for this body and life. He has already given us the most important thing we need, salvation through His son Jesus, who taught us to pray!
Object Lesson Props: (Optional) Coupons, credit card/gift card, cash money
Bible Passage: Luke 11:1-13
More Children’s Ministry Activities:
- Watch the video of this children’s sermon lesson and Bible crafts for Sunday School
- Download a complete Sunday School lesson on Luke 11:1-13
- Compare another Lord’s Prayer children’s sermon or see all the teaching activities on prayer
- Compare the 5-Week Lord’s Prayer Curriculum from the Sunday School Store
Message: Note: As with most messages, the details of how you choose to communicate this are adaptable and should cater to timing as well as to your audience and student needs.
Children’s Sermon (Luke 11:1-13) God Provides
Greet children, and begin discussing forms of currency…
Hello, children of God! How do you get things in life? If you have needs or wants, what do you do? You probably ask your parents, and they provide things for you. But what do your parents do when they need to get things? How do they cover the cost of something? Unfortunately, nothing is free, and whatever you are getting comes at a price. Whether it’s food or clothing or otherwise, your parents have to pay. Perhaps they pay for things with cash (hold up cash money to demonstrate). Or maybe they use a credit card like this (hold up a card of some sort), or a gift card. Sometimes, they might have coupons like these, which help get better deals on items when you use them. This is how we obtain things in daily life: we have to pay.
Here’s a question, though: how do we get things from God? Do we have to give Him money or coupons? Well, of course not! God isn’t a store or a vending machine, and we certainly don’t need coupons to approach Him. God is our Father. He loves us and He wants to hear from us. He wants us to come to Him and ask for what we need, and He promises to give it to us. There’s nothing we can do to earn or deserve anything from the Lord, but He promises to grant us what we need for life. Your parents know your needs, but they probably still appreciate it when you ask for things politely. Well, God knows what you need, too, but He wants us to talk to Him through prayer, not just to ask for things but also to confess our sins and needs, and to praise and thank Him for all He’s done.
God gives us what we need each day. This might not always mean we get what we want, because that’s different from what we need. But He provides for the most essential things. In fact, He’s already given us His Son Jesus, who took away our sins through His blood on the cross. That’s all we truly need! But God also lets us have food, shelter, family friends, and other things that He knows we benefit from. He invites us to come to Him in prayer and He promises to be with us. God values and loves us, and wants to give us good things. We might worry about the future, but we can rest assured that HE is in control. It doesn’t take cards or cash or coupons…just simple prayer!
Jesus taught a prayer in the Bible, providing us with a sort of template to follow. It goes something like this: God in Heaven, your name is Holy. I hope that your kingdom would rein on Earth just like it is in Heaven. Give us what we need each day, but forgive us and help us forgive others. Don’t let us give in to sin, but take us away from evil.
We can go to God any time and ask for what we (think we) need. He might not answer the way we want, but He always listens!
Why don’t we say a prayer now?
Children’s Prayer Moment:
(Have kids repeat each line)
Thank you for letting us come to you in prayer
And thank you for providing all that we need
Help us to trust in you no matter what
And to truly love you and one another
Thank you for your love
We love you, God!
In Jesus name, Amen!
Bible Verses/story to Reference: Luke 11:1-13 ESV
Now Jesus was praying in a certain place, and when he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.” 2 And he said to them, “When you pray, say:
“Father, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. 3 Give us each day our daily bread,4 and forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive everyone who is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation.”
5 And he said to them, “Which of you who has a friend will go to him at midnight and say to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves, 6 for a friend of mine has arrived on a journey, and I have nothing to set before him’; 7 and he will answer from within, ‘Do not bother me; the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed. I cannot get up and give you anything’? 8 I tell you, though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, yet because of his impudence he will rise and give him whatever he needs. 9 And I tell you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. 11 What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent; 12 or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? 13 If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”-Luke 11:1-13