SUBJECT: Christian Religious Studies
TERM: 1st Term
CLASS: Primary 5
At the end of this lesson, pupils should be able to:
Matthew 6:25–34; 7:7–11
BUILDING BACKGROUND/CONNECTION TO PRIOR KNOWLEDGE:
Pupils are familiar with the topic in their previous classes.
God as the Creator of all things is a great provider. He gives us anything that is good that we ask for. He even provides things we do not ask for but which he knows are good for us. God is not physically present with us. He is invisible. But his Spirit is with us.
Though we cannot see him, he provides for us through many ways. Such ways include our parents, teachers, friends, doctors, and fellow believers, good and kind-hearted people. God makes it possible for our parents to provide for our schooling, feed us, clothe us, pay our medical bills when we fall sick, and in so many other ways.
They also teach us good morals through the wisdom God has given them.
God enables our teachers to educate us in the subjects that we study in school.
They also teach us how to behave well.
Through doctors and other physicians, God heals us when we fall sick. Sometimes God heals us miraculously through Jesus’ name.
There are times we would need certain things, but our parents might not be around to give us or would not be able to give us. God can use our friends and kind-hearted people to provide them for us. God provides our spiritual needs through our fellow believers. They teach us how to maintain good relationship with God. God as our father and great provider is the only one we should pray to for the provision of our needs. As a good and great God, he answers our prayers always. God grants our requests
Jesus tells us that anytime we are in need, we should pray to God and God will surely answer us. Jesus tells us, ‘Ask, and it shall be given to you; seek, you will find; knock and it will be opened to you.’ This is Jesus’ assurance that God will always grant our requests. To explain this further, Jesus says that there is no human being that is a father who will give his son a stone if he asks for food or give him a serpent if he asks for a fish. Jesus therefore says that if human beings who are evil and cannot be compared with God in goodness, can give their children the good things they ask for, God will do much more.
He will always answer us and give us the good things that we need.
Jesus says that we should not worry or have anxiety about our needs. He says that being anxious about our life or about our needs cannot make us live longer. It is God that controls our lives. We should, therefore, pray and trust God for the provision of our needs.
He says that as God is so good that he even provides for other creatures that are not as important as human beings, definitely he will take better care of us as his most important creatures. Jesus gives examples with birds and flowers that are almost worthless but God provides and cares for them. He says that birds do not sow and do not gather into barns as human beings do, yet God feeds them and protects them.
Again, Jesus says that none of them can fall to the ground without God’s knoledge.
King Solomon in his kingly dressing
Jesus also tells us how God makes the lilies of the field (flowers) so beautiful that even Solomon as a very rich king was not as beautifully decorated as them.
Jesus tells us not to be anxious about what to eat or drink because God will provide all these and much more for us since he even feeds the birds of the air.
There is nothing impossible for God to do. For example,
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