Purpose: To answer the question: "If we pray about everything we think of, are we wasting God's time?"
Supplies needed: One bowl and a large bag of M&Ms (or similar candy)
Activity: Pass the bowl of M&Ms around the group and ask each person to take some. People can grab as many as they want, but they need to have at least one. (Also, remind them not to eat the candy yet.)
Once everyone has at least one M&M, go back around the group and have each person list a prayer request for each M&M they took. Conduct the prayer time as normal, and then ask some of the Unpacking questions below.
- Did anyone feel like they had to list too many prayer requests? What was that like?
- Did anyone feel like they needed more M&Ms? How did that change your approach to the prayer time?
- Is it possible for us to pray for things that are "too small" for God's attention? Why or why not?
Scripture application: 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18