Prayer Badgeprayer

(Discover Character)

Written by Doreen Olson


Penguins: Do three requirements including the two starred.


_____ 1.* What is prayer? Ask some older people what they think prayer is and how important it is in their lives.


_____ 2.* Discuss with someone things you think are good to pray about. Be sure to include things to be thankful for.


Otters: Do four requirements including the two starred.


_____ 1.* Do Penguin requirements 1 & 2.
_____ 2.* Is there any specific order in which you must pray? If not, are there charts which can give you guidelines? With the help of an adult, make a chart describing the order you think you should pray in. (E.g. thanksgiving first, requests second, etc.)


Dolphins: Do five requirements including the two starred.


_____ 1.* Do Otter requirements 1 & 2.


_____ 2.* Spend some time each day in prayer for a week. Prayer should not be something you keep a clock on, but be sure to spend a decent amount of time. Keep a record of what you pray for and how you see your prayers answered over time.
Butterflies: Do six requirements including the two starred.


_____ 1.* Do Dolphin requirements 1 & 2.


_____ 2.* Read prayers from your book of faith. Memorize one.


Eagles: Do seven requirements including the two starred.


_____ 1.* Do Butterfly requirements 1 & 2.


_____ 2.* What are some reasons we don’t get the answers we want from prayer? Read about someone such as Joni Eareckson Tada or Amy Carmichael who felt she didn’t get what she wanted from prayer, but got something better instead.

Owls: Do nine requirements including the two starred.


_____ 1.* Do Eagle requirements 1 & 2.


_____ 2.* Teach someone how to do a skill from this badge or teach some knowledge about this badge to someone.   You can teach kids, your spouse, seniors, anyone, just as long as you are sharing your new found knowledge.   If for some reason you cannot teach what you have learned to someone else, you may choose an additional 2 optional requirements instead.



Optional Requirements:




_____ 3. Look up the research on prayer’s effect on the ill.
_____ 4. Read about famous one-time prayers.


_____ 5. Read some well-known “standard” prayers. Memorize one.


_____ 6. Look up prayer in the dictionary. How does the definition differ from what you were expecting it to say? Share your discovery with someone.


_____ 7. Keep a journal of prayer requests (answers are optional). Otters- 1 month, Dolphins- 2 months, etc.


_____ 8. Read a devotional or theological book on prayer recommended by your pastor, elder, priest, etc.


_____ 9. Why do some people use incense, icons, prayer beads, or prayer wheels when they pray? What is the function of each?


_____ 10. Read a collection of prayers.


_____ 11. Illustrate a famous or well-known prayer.


_____ 12. Learn a new-to-you song that is a prayer set to music.


_____ 13. What is the Book of Common Prayer? Why is it famous?


_____ 14. Look up prayer in an encyclopedia or on the Internet (with permission from a parent). Which source of information & thought surprised you the most? What was the most significant thing you learned?


_____ 15. What are some common motions or body positions for prayer? What are their purposes?


_____ 16. Read an account of how prayer changed the course of someone’s life or the course of history.