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Teaching Tip: Pray as you Prep!

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Author/Source: Janelle Hoos

Topic: Lesson Prep

How much of your lesson prep time is spent in prayer?

How much of your lesson prep is spent in prayer? Prayer should be a huge part of lesson prep. It is all too easy to get focused on the details of making sure you have all the materials needed and forget to pray that God would continue to transform you and the students in your class.

Ask God to do a work in your own heart.

It is all too easy for Sunday School teachers to fall into the pattern of reading quickly through an all-too-familiar Bible story and not spend time meditating on the truth of God’s Word. All Scripture is useful, says 2 Timothy 3:16. When you pray, ask God to show you something new. Ask God to open your mind and your heart to understand His Word. From your learning and growth comes something to teach the kids in your class.

Pray also for your students, that God would be preparing them to learn the Bible truth.

Pray for the specific needs of your students throughout the week. As you are preparing for the lesson, pray that your students would be ready to hear the lesson. Ask God to put situations and experiences into their week that would prepare them to hear and understand the Bible truth you will teach on Sunday.

Make prayer a significant part of your preparation routine when you teach Sunday School.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7

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