Devotional Object Lesson: Stand and Pray

Stand and Pray

12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual [hosts] of wickedness in the heavenly [places]. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; 18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints– Ephesians 6:12-18 NKJV

Supplies:

Puppet or stuffed animal

Set up:

Do a simple puppet show. This could be stuffed animals on the table or through a doorway. The important thing being the child can see the “puppet” but not you.

Lesson:

Perform with the puppet. You could have the puppet tell a story, ask questions, or sing a song.

When the performance is over ask your child: “How was the puppet moving and talking?”

If they know it was you ask “How do you know?” “Could you see me?” Even if they could not see you they may understand that the puppet could not move without help from someone.

Explain:

We saw the puppet, but not what was moving it. We see people and things. We do not always see spirits. God is a spirit, the angels that serve God are spirits. Satan is a spirit, too. He has angels that serve him. Spirits are always working, serving their master, God or Satan, even if we cannot see them.

Do not be afraid! God tells us we are wrestling with the rulers of darkness that we cannot see. Then He tells us to put our armor on so we can stand, even against what we cannot see.

Read Ephesians 6:12-18

God promises to always be with us. He tells us to put on our armor, stand, and pray.

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