Christians believe God has said it is OK for people to ask him for things when they pray, in fact he says he wants to be asked – but how do people know what to ask for? What does God want to give people?
Christians believe God loves it when people ask for the things they need. They believe God longs for people to have all they need to live his way and live lives full of peace and joy.
Christians believe God wants everybody everywhere to have loving families, warm clothes, good food and safe places where they can learn and grow. Christians believe God wants everybody to have good friendships and great fun in their lives. All these things help people to live lives that are both peaceful and joyful.
You could briefly talk about the difference between ‘things people need’ and ‘things people simply like having’. Christians believe God longs for people to have the things that make them happy and content day after day after day.
Explain that the Bible teaches that an important part of living lives full of peace and joy is to live God’s way. Quickly remind the children that living God’s way is about two main things: loving God and loving others. Christians believe God longs to pour his love into people's lives, he wants to forgive people and give them his comfort and guidance. Christians also believe that, through the presence of the Holy Spirit, God loves to give people great peace, patience and joy. Christians believe they need all these things to live God's way.
Christians believe God loves to give all these things to people and he encourages people to keep on asking him for all they need to live his way and lead lives full of peace and joy.