For a very long time, the people of God lived as slaves
in Egypt, but God sent Moses to
release them and promised that He would give a good land to live. Moses chose
twelve men to watch the Promised Land, and after forty days they returned. Ten
of these guards said to Moses that the land was very good to live in, but many
giants lived in that place, and so
they should not move there. But two spies, Joshua and Caleb, thought differently,
and did not agree with those complaints. Caleb caused them to be quiet and said
that they could
conquer the land because it was a promise from God.
Kids, time passed, Moses became old and died, and Joshua took his place as the
leader. The years passed and those ten men, and all the people who doubted,
But Joshua and Caleb continued trusting and doing the will of God.
Joshua and all the people crossed the Jordan River and came close to a city
a very high wall. This town was called Jericho. Children, for them to get to
the land promised by God, they had to go through that town. God told Joshua and
the people to march six
days around the city and on the seventh day, to march seven times and at the
same time to blow the trumpets and scream loud, that He would make a great
miracle. They obeyed and you know what happened? The very large wall fell and
the enemies were destroyed.
Likewise, when we obey God, even when it seems impossible for the problem to be
solved, for you to be healed, get good grades at school, for the bullying you
are facing to end, remember that God will make come true all that you asked Him
if only you are courageousto obey and
do His will.
BIBLICAL REFERENCE Daniel 6.1-28 PURPOSE OF THE LESSON Teach children to persevere in prayer, for only then they will achieve victory. VERSE TO MEMORIZE “Pray without ceasing.” (1 Thessalonians 5.17)
What would you do if you had to stand before fierce lions? Cry for help, run, hide? (Give them some time to answer). In the story we are going to tell you today we have lions, kings, bad men…are you curious? Then let us listen to the story.
GOD DELIVERS DANIEL IN THE DEN OF LIONS
AFTER SOME time, the king of Babylon came to be Darius. Weird name, right?But that was the name of the new king. He chose Daniel and two more men to be ministers of his kingdom. But, as Daniel did everything right, the king decide to put him as chief of all. Hum! It caused so much jealousy for the other two, which started looking for a flaw in Daniel to harm him. What a bad thing! Never do that, children, for it displeases God, very much. They realized there was nothing to accuse Daniel in his work, but they knew he was faithful to his God and used to pray three times a day. Do you know what they did, kids? They asked the king to create a law in which, during one month, it would be forbidden to pray to any god and, each and every request should be made exclusively to the king.
The king, without knowing their real intention, thought it was a good idea and ordered to proclaim the law determining that, whoever disobey it, would be thrown into the den of lions. Even knowing about the law, Daniel kept praying and thanking God three times a day, with his house windows opened.When the jealous saw Daniel praying, they ran to tell it to the king and spur him to comply with the law, throwing Daniel into the den of hungry lions. Oh, children! Only then the king realized the evil of those men. He was so sad because he was very fond of Daniel, but there was nothing he could do, for the order of a king could not be undone. Bam! The men thrown Daniel into the den of lions and the king, with a very sad heart, could only say: May God, whom you serve, Daniel, releases you.
The next day, early in the morning, the king ran to the den and called for Daniel. And, for his surprise, there he was, sitting with the lions, which were so quiet that lookedlike kittens. And Daniel said to him: king, my God sent his angel and closed the mouth of the lions, and I am alive. The king Darius was very happy and commanded Daniel to be removed immediately from inside the den, and ordered to be thrown in there those men who had accused Daniel.
We learned from Daniel that we should pray every day and trust that God will listen and answer to our prayers. To pray is to talk with God. We can say to Him everything that gets us sad and worried. Only He is powerful to free us from all our problems. When we go through difficulties, just as Daniel in the den of lions, we need to insist on praying, for the Lord is powerful to deliver us from all our fears and worries, amen, kids!
Educator, you are going to arrange in advance a clipping of a lion to each child. Explain that Daniel prayed to be free from the hungry lions. What are them afraid of or what worries them that could be called “lion”? Ask the kids to think about their “lions” such as the disease of a relative; the separation of the parents; a problem at school; a hard test; etc. Ask them to write their “lion” (or you write it) on the clipping of lion you distributed, and then put it inside your Bible. Suggest them to pray over the “lions” during the week and wait for the answer from God. After picking up the requests, ask them: how can we wait God to answer our prayers? (By praying daily; being patience and believing he will solve the problem; asking God to help us do our part to solve the problem). Ask who has a testimony of answer from a prayer? Give them some time to share the victory with the group. When you pray, remember today’s story: God deliver us from the “lions”. Educator, do not forget to memorize the verse of the week with the kids and ask them, as homework, to pray three times a day: when waking up, at lunch time, and when going to bed.
THE KING of Babylon, Nebuchadnezzar, invaded
the city of Jerusalem and commanded his soldiers to take all the gold and
valuable things and to take the strongest and most intelligent young men as
well. Do you know why did he take the young men, kids? He took them to train
them for a period and then to separate the best to help him solving the
problems of the kingdom. The king wanted the young men to be strong and healthy
while they were studying and ordered them to eat the same food the cook would
bring for him. What a comfort! Have you imagined eating the same food of the
lunch time, many tasty things were served, but Daniel and his friends decided
to eat only vegetables and drink only water. Do you know why, kids? Because
that food was offered to the false god the king worshiped. Then they asked to
the servant to let them eat only vegetables and not to worry for they were sure
they would become stronger and more intelligent than the others. The servant
was afraid that the king found out and punished him, but eventually agreed.
After the period of training, the king has chosen the strongest and most
handsome young men. Do you know who were chosen? Daniel and his three friends:
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego. They became stronger and more intelligent
than the others.
loved and obeyed to the God creator of the heavens and earth, and continued
doing so, even being in a land where people adored to false gods. They failed
to encourage Daniel and his friends to displease God with their delicious food.
And this is how we should proceed, steady with Jesus. We should be faithful and
obedient to the Word of God for in the end of all we will be winners and happy.
SUNDAY • MATERNAL • UNIT 1
inside the frame, Daniel and his three friends.
SUNDAY • PRIMARY • UNIT 1
The king commanded the soldiers to enter in
Jerusalem to get all the valuable things.
SUNDAY • JUNIORS • UNIT 1
Observe the scenes and describe the events of the
story of the week.