God Calls Sleepy Samuel



Learn to pray before we sleep and listen to God.

Memory Verse:

“Speak, Lord, for your servant hears” 1 Samuel 3:9


1 Samuel 3:1-10


Ask the children what they do before they go to bed. Do they brush their teeth and wear PJs before they sleep? Do they read a book? Is it a Bible storybook? Do they pray? Ask each child to mention just one thing for which he/she can pray. Our story today is about a very nice boy who lived in the church and used to pray before he sleeps. Review the previous lesson about Hannah and baby Samuel.

Lesson Outline:

Samuel was a very nice boy who loved to pray and do all that pleases God. He used to live in the church with Eli the priest. One night while Samuel was sleeping, he heard someone calling him. Samuel ran to Eli; he thought Eli the priest was calling him. Eli told him that this didn’t happen and that he didn’t call him.
Samuel went back to bed and tried to sleep. Guess what happened? He heard someone calling him again. So he went to Eli, and Eli told him that he didn’t call him. Samuel tried to sleep again, but he heard the same voice for the third time. So, he ran to Eli. This time, Eli told him that this is GOD who is calling him. He told Samuel to say “Speak, Lord, for Your servant hears,” when he hears the voice again. This is exactly what Samuel said when he heard God calling him again. God told Samuel about important messages for Eli the priest.


It is very important to pray before we sleep, so we can feel that God is with us and guards us all night.
We should all learn to obey God and to listen to Him as Samuel did. When God asks us to love one another and be nice to each other, we should listen.