Gather your people – it’s time for verse #2 of …
I love that so many of you have reached out to tell me that you are following along with groups of your own. Please know that I am cheering you on from afar!
Here’s what you’ll need for this week’s lesson:
- SOAP worksheet (provided)
- Bible verse note cards (made last time)
- small box (any size and shape)
- washi tape, paint (optional)
In our first week’s meeting, we discussed the importance of knowing and obeying God’s word. This week our focus is on prayer.
Here is verse #2:
Below is the worksheet we used and how we talked through 1 Peter 5:7 using the SOAP method.
For a downloadable verse to print, CLICK HERE.
Cast all your anxiety on him for he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7
For the observation section, we talked through this verse word by word.
Cast – What do you think it means to “cast” your concerns?
All – God wants us to give him ALL our cares. Not just the things we think are big and important but everything. He cares about it all and wants to carry our full load for us.
Your anxiety – Other translations say “cares, concerns, worries, troubles” … everything! If it’s something you care about, it’s worth telling God.
On Him – God is a safe place for us. He can handle anything we throw His way. All our anxiety, stress, frustrations, hurts, fears, disappointments. There is nothing our God can’t handle. Nothing is impossible for Him.
For He cares for you – YOU are God’s great concern. He watches over you carefully with deep affection. He loves you. Talk to Him!
After we talked through the verse, I had the girls come up with their own application.
They wrote things like:
Pray about everything – even the small stuff.
Start talking to God more all day long.
Don’t be scared to tell God everything. He loves you.
(More application coming in our weekly activity.)
Last time we met, I didn’t make them fill this part out so that they could make their prayer private. This time I challenged them to go ahead and write out their prayer.
After they finished their SOAP worksheet, they wrote the new verse on their Bible verse note cards. I will be quizzing them on this verse and the one we learned in our first meeting next time we get together.
For this week’s activity, we made PRAYER BOXES.
I explained to the girls that sometimes it helps to have something physical to remind us of the spiritual. Writing out our prayers in a journal or using a prayer box is a great way to release our prayers to God.
Using markers and washi tape, the girls decorated their boxes. (Many of them opted to wait until they got home to paint their boxes.)
Every time they have a prayer request, I am challenging them to write it on a little slip of paper and put it in their Prayer Box. When they drop their paper in the box, they can trust that God has it. Then, every time the same concern pops in their head, they can remind themselves that they have already cast that care on the Lord. They can practice faith by telling Him, “I trust you God.”
We talked about going back periodically and checking (or even writing the date) on the requests when God answers their prayers. God is not a genie. He doesn’t give us everything we want, but He certainly answers every prayer. His answer may not come the way we think it should or even the way we want, but it will always come in the right way at the right time.
Our God is faithful. He will do it.
As a little bonus, I decided to text the girls a little homework assignment during our off week to keep them thinking and engaged.
Here’s what I said for last week’s assignment on the importance of God’s Word:
The homework assignment for this week’s lesson will be Philippians 4:6-7, truth worth remembering for us all.
Now go teach someone what you know. 🙂 Happy last week of June to you!