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dren that Jesus wants to bless them.  en give children time to complete their drawings.While children are working, prepare a bulletin board or display area. Post the words We Pray to Jesus as a heading. When the drawings are completed, mount them in your display.  en gather the children and have them read the heading, “We Pray to Jesus.” Ask children to look at their own pictures and listen carefully. Read the last three lines of text slowly, so children can absorb the words.• When you go to Jesus, you are praying.• When you talk to Jesus, you are praying.• When you are close to Jesus, you are praying.Afterward pause for a short quiet time.20. Jesus Makes Promises—page 27Tell the children that Jesus made some promises about praying.1. Read the  rst promise: “When you pray together, I am there with you.” Ask children who they pray with and when they pray with others. Write their responses on the chalkboard or newsprint.  en read the text that fol- lows the promise.2. Read the second promise: “When you pray, I will hear you.” Remind children that Jesus always keeps his promises. We can believe and trust him. So Jesus always hears our prayers. Sometimes we don’t get an answer right away, or we don’t get the answer we want. But we can believe that Jesus will always hear our prayers and respond with love.Explain to children that their prayers to Jesus can be about the same things they say to their family and friends. Ask children to talk about their conversations with family members and friends.• When do you thank someone in your family? Whatwords might you use?• When do you tell family members that you love them?What words might you use?• When do you ask for help? What words might you use?• When do you tell someone you are sorry? What wordsmight you use?Tell children that when they pray, they can: •  ank Jesus.• Tell Jesus they love him.• Ask Jesus to help them and others.• Tell Jesus they are sorry for their sins.Give children time to complete the prayer starters. Be available to help by asking gentle questions to spur their thoughts.3. Read the third promise: “I will give you a special helper.” Explain that the helper is the Holy Spirit, the  ird Person of the Holy Trinity. Review the concept of the Blessed Trinity in the lesson on page 15. Remind chil- dren that we often make the Sign of the Cross before and after we pray. When they make the Sign of the Cross, they can ask the Holy Spirit to help them pray well.Read the prayer to the Holy Spirit with the children.  en give them time to decorate the prayer. Point out that their drawing and coloring can be a prayer, if they are talking to the Holy Spirit in their hearts and minds.20. Jesus Makes Promises—page 284. Read the fourth promise: “I will be with you always.”Help children to see this means that they can pray, or talk, to Jesus whenever and wherever they want to. Tell them that it is now time for them to make a promise to Jesus.  eir promise will be about when and where they will pray. Encourage them to make a promise they can keep. Help them to be realistic and speci c in deciding what to draw.Tell the children that it is important to pray every day. Prayer helps us grow closer to God. It helps us to become more holy, more like God. Explain that it is a good idea to pray at the same time or the same place every day.  at makes it easier to remember. Tell them that the next time you meet with them, you are going to ask if they are keeping their promises about praying. Be sure to follow up on this!5. Read the  fth promise: “I am going to prepare a place for you.” Assure children that Jesus loves them so much that he wants them to be with him forever. He wants them to happy with him, and God the Father, and Mary, and all the other friends of God.  is is the most won- derful promise of all!TREASURES OF THE CATHOLIC FAITHPrayers for You to Know—pages 29 and 30A sense of belonging is very important to children.  ey gain security and con dence from belonging to a loving family and extended family. Part of the security of belong- ing comes from understanding and feeling comfortable with what family members say and do. A child learns to expect warm hugs from Mom and knows that Dad will want to take his or her hand when they cross a street. A13

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