{Sharing Time} Heavenly Father Wants Me To Pray To Him Often- Anytime, Anywhere!

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  Sharing Time Idea from 2013 Primary OutlineIDENTIFY THE DOCTRINE AND ENCOURAGE UNDERSTANDING (reading scriptures): Tell the children that they can pray to Heavenly Father anytime, anywhere. Have them look up Alma 33:3–9. Read the verses together and have the children raise their hands each time they hear a place where Zenos prayed. Write these places on the board. Help the children understand what these places would mean to them today by creating word strips for the modern-day equivalents of them (for example, a place where you have felt lost or alone for “wilderness”; yard, playground, or park for “field”; and our classes and meetings at church for “congregations”). Ask the children to match the word strips to the corresponding words on the board.
ENCOURAGE APPLICATION (discussing prayer): Divide the children into groups and ask them to share experiences when they have prayed in the places Zenos mentioned.

Sharing Time Idea from Little LDS IdeasHere’s an idea that you could use to introduce your Sharing Time:Stand at the front of the room and say ‘Can you hear me?’ Then move to the back of the room and repeat the question. Move out into the hall, keeping the door open, and repeat the question again.Do this several times changing your location.Explain to the children that no matter where you stood in the room they were all able to hear you. Explain to the children that prayer is like that.Our Heavenly Father always hears our prayers not matter where or when we pray.
Prayer Punch Activity:Tell the children that you are going to share some scriptures with them. Invite the children to listen for the different places where Zenos prayed. You could have the children fold their arms, raise their hands, stand up, etc. when they hear a place where Zenos prayed. Once you have read the verses {Alma 33:3-9}, ask the children to share the different places that were discussed in the scriptures. WildernessFieldHouseClosetCongregationsWrite the places on a chalkboard or have them typed onto word strips (have them large enough for everyone to read). Post the word strips on a chalkboard, a poster-board or a bulletin board.Explain to the children that just like Zenos, there are many places that we can pray too.To discuss the places where we can pray, create a ‘Punch Board’.
I found a great idea for a punch board on Inka Blinka.If you already have created a Punch-A-Box, then great. If not here is the easy tutorial from Inka Blinka:Click Here to view the Punch Board from Inka Blinka.
For this Sharing Time idea you will need to create a punch board. You will need a strong piece of cardboard or foam board. Attach 5 plastic/paper cups to the board. Create word strips or pictures for the modern-day equivalents of the places where Zenos prayed (for example, a place where you have felt lost or alone for “wilderness”; yard, playground, or park for “field”; and our classes and meetings at church for “congregations”).Inside each cup place a picture and/or word for each place where the children can pray:Your BedroomChurchA Place Where You Have Felt Lost or Alone.Playground or ParkYour Home{Jill from Hatch Patch has some great word strips created for this Sharing Time. Click here to see them!}
Place each picture/word inside one of the cups. Cover each cup with tissue paper and place a rubber band around the mouth of the cup.
To Play: Invite a child up to the front to pick a cup and punch it.Have them get the paper/picture and read it aloud.
Have the child match the picture/word with one of the words from the scripture (the places where Zenos prayed). You could then discuss that particular place or share a story from The Friend of when a child prayed to Heavenly Father.Continue to do this until you have matched all the places where we can pray.
Once they have matched all the places where we can pray continue to discuss where we can pray.Explain that we can pray anywhere and anytime.
Prayer SpinnerHere is another great idea that you could use for your Sharing Time.
Create a game spinner that resembles a clock.Label the sections of the spinner like a clock {12, 1, 2, 3, etc.}There are different game spinners that you could create for this sharing time. You could create a simple spinner {like the ones you use for board games}ORYou could get really fancy and do a prize wheel spinner.Here’s a great tutorial from Doodle Craft to make one of your own.The kids LOVE the prize spinners.
Explain to the children that our Heavenly Father wants us to pray to him often: anytime & anywhere. Share a short story in the friend, a scripture or a quote about praying anytime and anywhere. Our Heavenly Father doesn’t care if we pray to Him at 9:00 in the morning or at 9:00 at night. No matter when we pray He always hears our prayers.Show the children the spinner. Explain that this is a clock, and like a clock there are different numbers to represent the different hours of the day.
For the Spinner:For each ‘hour’ of the wheel/spinner have a story, a scripture, a question, a song, etc. For example:At 9:00 (this one would be PM) you could share a story of a child praying in their room at night because they were scared. Discuss the story with the children and ask several questions.
Or you could share a scenario:“You are at a slumber party. Your friends begin watching a movie that you know you shouldn’t be watching. Could you pray to Heavenly Father? What would you pray for?”
For a time during the day you could share an experience that happens at school.Have a scenario of a child taking a test and ask ‘Could you pray to Heavenly Father? What would you pray for?’
Continue having children spin the wheel until time runs out. Remind the children that our Heavenly Father will always hear our prayers no matter where we are or what time it is. Bear your testimony of the power of prayer.
Another Way To Play:If you don’t have time to create a spinner then write different times (5:00 pm; 10:00 pm; 11:00 am; etc.) on slips of paper.Place the papers underneath chairs, posted around the room or inside a Punch Board (idea above).
If you create a Punch Board you could use this idea:Create a punch board with 6 cups. Label the cups with each of the letters from P-R-A-Y-E-R. Inside the cups place a different time of the day. Have a question, scenario, song, etc. for each cup. Just punch the cups and have the child retrieve the paper from inside and answer the question.
 And that’s it! Thanks for stopping by today to read my ideas. I hope you like them.Have a wonderful day & a great Sharing Time! sheena