It’s time for another installment of, “Practical Ways to Teach Children to Hear the Voice of God.” This time I want to share on probably my favorite way to engage children in hearing God: Prophetic Art.
As we look at the children around us in our families or ministries, you will probably notice that all children do not learn the same way. Some children are visual. Some learn best by simply hearing. But many children and really people in general learn best by hearing and/or seeing and then immediately doing. Some statistics say you will remember up to 90% of what you were taught if you actually get involved in what was taught. Like in sports, the best coaches don’t simply just tell you what to do and not do; they actually give you an opportunity to practice what they taught you on the field and in the game. Prophetic Art does exactly that with children (and adults too.) It does not simply tell them, “Try to hear God.” It gives them an opportunity to practice what God is showing and revealing to them, and it also gives them an opportunity to be creative.
It’s really simple. Here’s how it works: simply have blank paper (white, colored, or lined) and some writing utensils available (markers, crayons, pencils, or paint—if you’re willing.) Open with prayer and simply ask God to show us something or put something on our minds to draw. Encourage the children to draw whatever comes to mind and whatever you think God wants you to draw. Some of the children may feel that they are not a good enough “drawer.” Encourage them. It’s not about how good you can draw; it’s just about hearing God and tapping into what He has to say today.
After a few minutes of drawing, encourage the children to think of a bible verse or little catch phrase to with their Bible verse i.e. if a child drew an eagle soaring in the air maybe the verse is Isaiah 40:31, “But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles…” Or maybe they drew a big house and the “catchphrase” is “God has a big house and wants everyone to come.” I find that many of the children I work with love to draw Jesus on the cross. I love to ask them questions. Why did you draw Jesus on the cross? Is he dead or alive? Why is the cross so important? Did you draw this as a reminder of what he did for you? Ask lots of questions. Never assume you know exactly what they drew. Always ask them first, “What did you draw today?” You may find what they were drawing isn’t what you thought it looked like. If they don’t have a verse or “catchphrase,” simply ask good questions and help steer them in the right direction.
Now sometimes, you may see a child drawing something that isn’t “Biblically accurate.” I had a child draw Jesus and the devil battling and the devil was winning. Should we discourage that? No, simply steer them in the right direction. I said, “Oh yeah, Jesus died on the cross and it looked like the devil had won, but what happened after three days? Jesus won, and now he is forever the winner!” The reaction I got was, “Yeah, I know that Mr. Mack. I was drawing the devil winning here, but the next will be when Jesus defeated him.” That really made me smile! But I always ask questions and find out if they need help going in the right direction.
This is a really great activity to engage children to hear God, and you can take it even further and have they make prophetic encouragement cards to give to people who need encouragement. It can be used as evangelism, and teaching the children to reach out and encourage those who God wants to encourage. Now, do they always draw what God is showing them, and something that can encourage someone else? No, sometimes they just draw random things. But I look at it this way: if they are drawing what God shows them, they are exercising their prophetic muscles. If they are drawing simply to draw, they are exercising their creative muscles, so either way it is a win-win.
Ultimately, I hope this was encouraging and this gives all you parents and children’s leaders out there some really great tools and some new things to think about in helping your children hear the voice of God.
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