When God is with us

Get to know the prophet Elisha and see how God opened the eyes of the servant boy so that he could see His power. The Bible is full of faith strengthening stories about how God helps those who belong to Him. We may not always see these powers with our own eyes but those who believe will experience that God is with them.

Resources

Studio broadcast

Animation film: Elisha and the invisible army

Drawings

Animation film: What does “Prayer” actually mean?

More about the theme

In this theme, the children will hear the incredible story about Elisha and the servant boy. The Syrian king had sent his army to capture Elisha. When the army arrived, the servant boy was afraid, because he saw how many enemies there were, and how few and weak he and Elisha were. – This is absolutely hopeless, the servant boy probably thought.

But Elisha counted on God and he knew that God was with them. Elisha prayed for the boy, that his eyes would be opened to see the invisible world, and then the boy saw that the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire that were with them.

That’s how it can also be in our lives. Sometimes we just see the difficulties right in front of us. But if we believe in God, then we know that God is always there to look after us. He will strengthen all those who love Him, so we do not have to fear anything.

This is the same God who helped Elisha, and who also helps us in our difficulties. Prayer puts us in touch with the powers that are in God. When we pray according to God’s will, we can pray for anything—and it shall be given to us.

More about the studio broadcast

This Sunday School Online broadcast is produced in Connecticut, USA, and we are welcomed with the “Join In” song performed by children from the East Coast of the United States. Daniel & Rylie lead us through the broadcast, which also includes a nice song about the angels who look after us. We also get to hear some faith strengthening words from Matt Fenn. He speaks, among other things, about how we can get a strong connection with God through prayer, and then we can pray for whatever we want, and it will be given to us. One can ask for anything; if someone is sick, for help to keep our heart pure, or whatever else we want. God loves it when we pray to Him. God is for us and He really wants to help us. God did a huge miracle for Elisha, and He does miracles that are just as big today by helping us in all situations so that we can do the good.

Creative Project – Phone

Let the children make a phone out of plastic cups and string. When the phone is finished, your kids can test it out to see if it works! Can they hear each other when one is talking into the cup and the other is listening? What happens if a third person grabs the string and “disrupts the line”?

Here’s what you need:

  • plastic cups/yogurt tubs or sour cream tubs.

  • Cotton string/thread or nylon string/thread

  • Scissors

  • Paperclip

  • Safety pin or drawing pin.

To make your phone:

  1. Pierce a hole in the bottom of the cup/tub with the safety pin. Expand the hole a little with some scissors.

  2. Cut a piece of string no longer than 4 meters.

  3. Thread the end of the string through each cup from the outside into the cup.

  4. Get hold of the string from the inside and pull a little out so that you have enough to tie to a paper clip. Do the same on both sides.

  5. Now your phone is ready to be tried out!

QUESTIONS FOR CONVERSATION

Bible verses that fit the theme

King 2, 6:16: He answered, “Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”

King 2, 6:17 Then Elisha prayed, and said, “Lord, I pray, open his eyes, that he may see.” Then the Lord opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw. And behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.

Matt 18; 19: Again, I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven.

“Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10)

Rom. 8; 31
What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?

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