Read in 1 min Bible Activities and Sermons » Activity Type » Kids' sermon/message » Object Lesson Print / Download Article Facebook Twitter Pinterest Email Preteen Object Lesson: Candlelight Prayer Published: February 22, 2020 Use this simple object lesson, Candlelight Prayer, to explain how believers offered prayers of praise to God through burnt offerings and sacrifices in the Old Testament, and how times and sacrifices have changed. You’ll need: a Bible, matches, a pillar candle, and small, individual candles with paper collars to protect kids’ hands from dripping wax. Preteen Object Lesson: Candlelight Prayer Place the pillar candle on a table in the center of a darkened room. As you light it, invite kids to gather in a circle around the table. Stand in the candlelight and say: Today we’re going to offer prayers of praise in a different way. In Old Testament times, people gave burnt offerings and sacrifices to God. Read Hebrews 13:15 aloud; then continue: As Hebrews 13:15 explains, instead of giving offerings of animals or grain, our sacrifices to God are our praises. The psalm I’m about to read is your invitation to praise God by telling about the wonderful things God has done. Read Psalm 66:1-5. Then pick up a small candle, light it from the pillar candle, and complete this sentence prayer: God, I praise you for _____________. Invite kids to take candles and follow your example. When everyone has prayed and lit a candle, say: The Bible describes many instances when God’s glory shone in the temple, in heaven, and even on the faces of people. For example, listen to Luke 2:9. Read Luke 2:9. Say: Our room is glowing because we’ve given God glory for the wonderful things he’s done. Have everyone carefully extinguish the candles. You may want to allow kids to take their candles home to use during personal quiet times with God. If you do, encourage children to get their parents’ permission and to ask for a safe candle holder. Looking for more preteen ideas? Check out these posts! © Group Publishing, Inc. All rights reserved. No unauthorized use or duplication permitted. Get our FREE enewsletter! Join thousands of other children’s ministry leaders, getting fresh, helpful ideas delivered weekly to your inbox. Sign Up Please enter valid email address Sign Up Recieve offers and promos from Group? Got it! Would you also like offers and promos from Group? Yes! No Thanks, you're all set!