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RCCG LOWER JUNIOR ZEAL FOR 2022/2023
AGE 6-8 TEACHER’S MANUAL
SUNDAY 4TH OF JUNE, 2023
LESSON FORTY (40)
TOPIC: SUSTAINING THE FIRE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT 2 (THROUGH PRAYERS)
BIBLE TEXT: 2 Kings 20:1-11
In those days was Hezekiah sick unto death. And the prophet Isaiah the son of Amoz came to him, and said unto him, Thus saith the LORD, Set thine house in order; for thou shalt die, and not live.
Then he turned his face to the wall, and prayed unto the LORD, saying,
I beseech thee, O LORD, remember now how I have walked before thee in truth and with a perfect heart, and have done that which is good in thy sight. And Hezekiah wept sore.
And it came to pass, afore Isaiah was gone out into the middle court, that the word of the LORD came to him, saying,
Turn again, and tell Hezekiah the captain of my people, Thus saith the LORD, the God of David thy father, I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears: behold, I will heal thee: on the third day thou shalt go up unto the house of the LORD.
And I will add unto thy days fifteen years; and I will deliver thee and this city out of the hand of the king of Assyria; and I will defend this city for mine own sake, and for my servant David’s sake.
And Isaiah said, Take a lump of figs. And they took and laid it on the boil, and he recovered.
And Hezekiah said unto Isaiah, What shall be the sign that the LORD will heal me, and that I shall go up into the house of the LORD the third day?
And Isaiah said, This sign shalt thou have of the LORD, that the LORD will do the thing that he hath spoken: shall the shadow go forward ten degrees, or go back ten degrees?
And Hezekiah answered, It is a light thing for the shadow to go down ten degrees: nay, but let the shadow return backward ten degrees.
And Isaiah the prophet cried unto the LORD: and he brought the shadow ten degrees backward, by which it had gone down in the dial of Ahaz.
MEMORY VERSE: 1 CHRONICLES 4:10 “And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, Oh that thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that thine hand might be with me, and that thou wouldest keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me! And God granted him that which he requested.
LESSON AIM: The children will depend on the Holy Spirit to communicate with God in prayers.
CHILD-RELATED TRUTH: Pray to God through Jesus with the help of the Holy Spirit.
Have you ever thought about being a news reporter? Did you know that the people who write those stories have a special way of deciding how to write their stories? Well, here is what the reporter does. To make sure that the facts of the story are complete, a reporter makes sure that the article answers five important questions. Those five questions are: Who, What, When, Where, and Why. When we read a story, it is good for us to ask ourselves those same questions to help us fully understand the story.
Today, we are going to talk about a passage from the Bible about prayer and try to answer the who, what, when, where. and why questions about prayer.
PROGRESSION OF EVENT:2 KINGS 20:1-11
1. King Hezekiah wasa very good king. He prayed to God often, and he always obeyed God.
2. One time King Hezekiah became very ill and almost died and he just continued to pray and ask God to help him.
3. While he was sick, the prophet Isaiah came to visit him with bad news
4. The prophet told Hezekiah, The Lord says you are going to die. So you should give your last orders to everyone, you will not get well.
5. As soon as Isaiah left, Hezekiah began to pray to God telling Him to please remember that he had always obeyed Him, and the country still needed him because many of the people still did not follow God.
6. Hezekiah wanted to teach them some more so that they would learn to love and obey God. If he died now, he could not do that. Hezekiah cried and he kept on praying and begging the Lord to make him well.
7. Even though Isaiah had gone, he had not gotten very far. He was still in the palace courtyard. God spoke to him and told him to go back to Hezekiah that He had a special message for King Hezekiah and he wanted Isaiah to give the king the message.
8. The Lord said to Isaiah to tell Hezekiah that he had heard his prayer, and will heal him, and add more years to his life.
9. In three days Hezekiah should go to the temple, and He will add fifteen years to his life. Isaiah did just as the Lord commanded.
10. Then, Isaiah had Hezekiah’s servants boil some figs and make a paste. The servants spread the paste on the king’s skin and he got better.
GOSPEL CONNECTION: Jesus is the one who makes it possible for us to talk to God. You see, God is perfectly perfect. He is so perfect and so good, that He cannot be in the presence of sin. We are all sinners. Without Jesus dying for our sins, we can’t stand before God in prayer. We need the blood of Jesus to wash away our sins so we can stand perfectly forgiven of our sins before God.
CLIMAX: King Hezekiah wanted a sign from the Lord to let the shadow go back ten steps as a sign from God that He will keep His promise.
CONCLUSION: Then Isaiah called to the Lord and God brought the shadow back ten steps and Hezekiah knew that God would make him well. It happened just as the Lord said. King Hezekiah lived fifteen more years and was a good king.
CHALLENGE: What is prayer? Prayer is talking to God the Father, through Jesus Christ the Son, by the power of the Holy Spirit. God gave us the Holy Spirit to show us how to pray. The Holy Spirit helps us in our weaknesses. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groaning that cannot be expressed in words. God the Father gives us the Holy Spirit so we can pray for hard things even when we don’t know what words to use. we can ask God to help us with all our needs; we can ask God for forgiveness and help in forgiving others, and we can pray that God’s will be done here on earth. This week, plan to follow Jesus’ instructions on how to pray (Matthew.
INVITATION: You need Jesus in your life as Lord and Saviour to be able to sustain in the place of prayers (John 1:12).
SUNDAY – ACTS 23:34-35
MONDAY ACTS 24:1-3
TUESDAY ACTS 24:4-6
WEDNESDAY ACTS 24:7-9
THURSDAY ACTS 24:10-12
FRIDAY ACTS 24:13-15
SATURDAY ACTS 24:16-18