September 22 // Share what God has done.

Read Luke 17:17 out loud with your family.

 

Ask the following question and discuss the answer together as a family.

 

Q: Why do you think the other nine men didn’t return to Jesus?

 

Parent Note: The other men were excited to have their skin healed, but they didn’t stop to wonder why Jesus was the only one able to heal them! God gives us good gifts, but He wants us to use them to bring more people to Him.

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

Read the following prayer out loud. Have your kids repeat after you:

 

Dear Lord Jesus, thank You that You have the power to heal and the power to save.
Thank You for dying for our sins, forgiving us, and promising to completely transform each person who places their trust in you.
We love You and adore You, Amen. 

September 21 // We need to be healed.

Read Luke 17:19 out loud with your family.

 

Ask the following question and discuss the answer together as a family.

 

Q: How was Jesus’ healing for this one grateful man more complete than the healing he performed for the others?  

 

Parent Note: By ridding their bodies of leprosy, Jesus made it possible for them to live a long, healthy lives, but without forgiveness, when their lives on earth were over, that would be it for them; there would be no eternal life. Jesus not only made the grateful man physically healthy, He made him spiritually healthy. Because this one man recognized Jesus’ power and worshiped Him, he was forgiven of his sins; he was healed of everything that plagued his life, including sin. This man was healed for all eternity .

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

Read the following prayer out loud. Have your kids repeat after you:

 

Dear God, thank You for spiritual healing.
I know that there is no salvation apart from You.
Please help me to live a life that celebrates forgiveness.
We ask these things in Jesus' name, Amen. 

September 20 // Show gratitude.

Read Luke 17:16 out loud with your family.

 

Ask the following question and discuss the answer together as a family.

 

Q: You help your friend do his homework and study for a test. He doesn’t say thank you, even after getting an A on the test. How does that make you feel? 

 

Parent Note: That isn’t going to make us feel great, and it’s not going to make us want to help this friend again in the future. When God blesses us, we should be thankful, like the one leper who returned to worship Jesus for what He had done for him. Fortunately for us, forgetting to thank God for His blessings won’t stop Him from blessing us in the future; but it is important that we try to remember to express our gratitude for everything God gives us. When we forget to thank God, we aren’t giving credit to God for the blessing. We did not earn them, we are blessed because of God’s grace and love. 

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

Read the following prayer out loud. Have your kids repeat after you:

 

Dear God, thank You for all of Your blessings.
I know that every good thing comes from You.
Please help me to show how thankful I am, and to share it with the world.
We ask these things in Jesus' name, Amen. 

September 19 // Recognize your blessings.

Read Luke 17:15 out loud with your family.

 

Ask the following question and discuss the answer together as a family.

 

Q: It’s your birthday, and it’s finally time to open the pile of presents. Do you bother reading any of the cards, or do you just start tearing into the gifts? 

 

Parent Note: In order for us to be truly grateful for the things we receive we must recognize who gave them to us. Nine formerly leprous people were healed and they ran off to the temple and didn’t even stop to thank Jesus for what He had done for them. One healed man stayed behind to show his gratitude. God blesses us all the time, and we should be grateful for every single thing He gives us. 

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

Read the following prayer out loud. Have your kids repeat after you:

 

Dear God, thank You for healing me from sin.
I know that You are powerful and can do great things in my life.
Please help me recognize all that You have done and to give thanks to You.
We ask these things in Jesus' name, Amen. 

September 18 // Jesus can heal.

Read Luke 17:14 out loud with your family.

 

Ask the following question and discuss the answer together as a family.

 

Q: When you’re sick, have you ever had to go back to the doctor to see if you were healing properly? 

 

Parent Note: To make sure that doctors’ prescribed treatments are working properly, they often ask to see us awhile after our original visit to see if we’re getting better. This will help them to figure out if the treatment is working or if they need to do something else. In this case, Jesus had healed the people suffering from leprosy, and He asked them to go back to the priest who had diagnosed them with leprosy. There was no cure for leprosy, so when all of these people showed up without leprosy, the priest would be a witness to Jesus’ power to heal. 

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

Read the following prayer out loud. Have your kids repeat after you:

 

Dear God, thank You for taking care of me.
I know that no matter how I’m feeling, You’re right there with me.
Please help me to be a testament of Your love to other people.
We ask these things in Jesus' name, Amen. 

September 17 // Jesus loved the sick.

Read Luke 17:12 out loud with your family.

 

Ask the following question and discuss the answer together as a family.

 

Q: Your friend stayed home from school with the flu. Should you go over to visit? 

 

Parent Note: Probably not, the flu is very contagious. Leprosy is very contagious, which is why people afflicted with this disease were made to live outside of cities and towns. Jesus was not afraid to come into contact with these people because He had the power to heal, meaning the disease would have no effect on Him. 

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

Read the following prayer out loud. Have your kids repeat after you:

 

Dear God, thank You for being a Healer.
You draw close to the people that are lonely and sick.
Please help me to have compassion on others like You do.
We ask these things in Jesus' name, Amen. 

September 16 // Story Recap

BIBLE STORY:      

JESUS HEALS TEN LEPERS

 

BIBLE PASSAGE:

LUKE 17:11-19

 

KEY VERSE:    

“Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice; and he fell on his face at Jesus' feet, giving him thanks. Now he was a Samaritan.” - LUKE 17:15-16 

 

CHRIST CONNECTION:

Like Jesus healed the men from leprosy, he also heals us from our sin.

 

BOTTOM LINE:

We should glorify God.

September 15 // Keep your eyes on Jesus.

Read Matthew 14:30 out loud with your family.

 

Ask the following question and discuss the answer together as a family.

 

Q: If you go ice skating and spend half of the time falling down, can you say you're an ice skater? 

 

Parent Note: Yes and no. It's the same for Peter saying he's a water walker. Peter is the only man, who wasn’t also God, to have walked on water. It’s easy to see how doing something as strange as walking on water during a huge, violent storm got Peter to shift his focus from Jesus to the situation in which he found himself. This part of the story is meant to show us what we are capable of when we put our faith and trust in Jesus. If we keep our eyes on Jesus, we are capable of so much more than we think or imagine. 

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

Read the following prayer out loud. Have your kids repeat after you:

 

Dear God, we don't know how You walked on the water, but we're glad that You did.
You showed us that You are so powerful and amazing that You can do anything.
And through You, we can do anything, too! Please give us faith.
We ask these things in Jesus' name, Amen. 

September 14 // Call out to Jesus.

Read Matthew 14:28 out loud with your family.

 

Ask the following question and discuss the answer together as a family.

 

Q: What did Peter do when he realized it was Jesus walking toward them?

 

Parent Note: Peter asked to meet Jesus not because he thought it would be cool to walk on water, but because he saw Jesus and wanted to be with him. He didn't do it to show that walking on water wasn't that big of a deal, instead, he did it out of a deep love for Jesus. 

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

Read the following prayer out loud. Have your kids repeat after you:

 

Dear God, thank you for being faithful even when I’m weak.
I know that I can rely on You even when things look impossible.
Help me to be like Peter, who was brave and called out to You when he was afraid.
We ask these things in Jesus' name, Amen.

September 13 // We have nothing to fear.

Read Matthew 14:26 out loud with your family.

 

Ask the following question and discuss the answer together as a family.

 

Q: How would you react if you saw someone suddenly appear in front of you? 

 

Parent Note: Often, when we see something that goes against the laws of nature as we understand them, our first reaction is one of fear. Appearing out of nowhere or walking on water is not possible for us humans to do, so the disciples rationalized what they saw with something they thought possible: a ghost. It’s funny how they thought that the existence of a ghost was more likely than Jesus being able to walk on water! 

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

Read the following prayer out loud. Have your kids repeat after you:

 

Dear God, thank you for being bigger than my fears.
I know that even when I don’t understand what is happening, You strength and power is something I can depend on.
Please help me to have faith in You, even when I feel afraid.
We ask these things in Jesus' name, Amen.

September 12 // Nothing can stop Jesus.

Read Matthew 14:25 out loud with your family.

 

Ask the following question and discuss the answer together as a family.

 

Q: Have you ever participated in an obstacle course? 

 

Parent Note: Obstacle courses usually are a series of physical challenges meant to test agility. Sometimes they are really tough, and people get tripped up trying to complete them. There is no obstacle to Christ's power. He created this world, and nothing in it will stop Him from accomplishing His goals. In this story, not even a deep lake, wind, and wild waves would stop Him from reaching His disciples who were afraid and in trouble.

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

Read the following prayer out loud. Have your kids repeat after you:

 

Dear God, thank you for being unstoppable.
I know that I can trust You, because You made the world and everything in it.
Please help me to look to You when I feel like I’m stuck in the middle of a bad situation.
We ask these things in Jesus' name, Amen.

September 11 // Stuck in the storm.

Read Matthew 14:24 out loud with your family.

 

Ask the following question and discuss the answer together as a family.

 

Q: Have you ever tried to push open a door that can only be opened by pulling on it? 

 

Parent Note: Scripture says that the disciples were trying to cross the Sea of Galilee, but they were going against the wind. Everything on the lake that night was trying to push them back to where they started. They rowed, and the wind and waves pushed them back. It was like taking one step forward and then two steps back. Sometimes we may feel this way when we are facing difficult situations in our life, but we know that Jesus is always there with us in the storm.

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

Read the following prayer out loud. Have your kids repeat after you:

 

Dear God, thank you for being with me.
I know that in both good times and bad times, You are there for me.
Please help me remember to depend on You, no matter the situation.
We ask these things in Jesus' name, Amen.

September 10 // Jesus prayed.

Read Matthew 14:23 out loud with your family.

 

Ask the following question and discuss the answer together as a family.

 

Q: When do you most often find yourself praying?

 

Parent Note: Some people pray after a hard day. Some people like to pray after good days to thank God for all of His help. Neither is better than the other, but the best answer is all the time and for no particular reason! A lot had happened that day, and Jesus needed some quiet time to pray. No matter what is going on in our lives, we should always take some time to pray and get direction from God.

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

Read the following prayer out loud. Have your kids repeat after you:

 

Dear God, thank you for hearing my prayers.
I know that You are a caring Father who wants to spend time with me.
Please help me remember to pray in good times, and in bad times too.
We ask these things in Jesus' name, Amen.

September 9 // Story Recap

BIBLE STORY:      

JESUS WALKS ON WATER

 

BIBLE PASSAGE:

MATTHEW 14:22-33

 

KEY VERSE:    

Jesus immediately reached out his hand and took hold of him, saying to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?”  - MATTHEW 14:31

 

CHRIST CONNECTION:

By calming the seas, Jesus showed that he had authority over all of creation.

 

BOTTOM LINE:

We can have faith that God is in control.

September 8 // Jesus heals.

Read Matthew 14:14 out loud with your family.

 

Ask the following question and discuss the answer together as a family.

 

Q: Have you ever been sick and had to visit a doctor? 

 

Parent Note: When you go to the doctor, they use a number of clues to determine what exactly has made us unwell, and they prescribe medicines or treatments to slowly make the pain or discomfort stop. Jesus didn't require the sick people who sought His help to give Him a detailed medical history before deciding how to heal them—He just prayed, laid His hands on them, or told them that they were healed, and it was so. This story describes not only the miracle of Jesus feeding more than 5,000 people, but also discusses His miraculous power to heal people. 

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

Read the following prayer out loud. Have your kids repeat after you:

 

Dear God, You're amazing!
You showed us that You know our needs and take care of us.
Please help us to turn to you when we need help because you are able to provide.
We ask these things in Jesus' name, Amen.

September 7 // Growing in faith.

Read Matthew 14:20 out loud with your family.

 

Ask the following question and discuss the answer together as a family.

 

Q: How did Jesus’s lessons help the disciples?

 

Parent Note: While on Earth, Jesus performed many miracles, such as turning water into wine, feeding 5,000 people, healing the sick, and walking on water. These lessons helped the disciples to strengthen their faith. 

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

Read the following prayer out loud. Have your kids repeat after you:

 

Dear Lord, thank You for the lessons You’ve given me.
I know that every lesson is meant to draw me closer to You.
Please help me to put more faith in You every day.
We ask these things in Jesus’ name, Amen.

September 6 // Be thankful.

Read Matthew 14:17 out loud with your family.

 

Ask the following question and discuss the answer together as a family.

 

Q: Has anyone ever told you to eat something you don't like because there are starving children in the world? 

 

Parent Note: The loaves that the boy gave to Jesus were probably small biscuits that could have been eaten in a couple of bites, and the fish were probably small dried fish. While this was likely a common meal at the time, some people may not have been particularly happy to eat it; but they recognized that it was better than nothing. We should be thankful for the food we have to eat and all of the things we have because God provides us with everything. 

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

Read the following prayer out loud. Have your kids repeat after you:

 

Dear Lord, thank You for all that You have done for me.
I know that everything I have is from You.
Please help me to be thankful for everything in my life, big and small.
We ask these things in Jesus’ name, Amen.

September 5 // Faith & Generosity.

Read John 6:9 out loud with your family.

 

Ask the following question and discuss the answer together as a family.

 

Q: Have you ever shared your lunch with someone? 

 

Parent Note: The food this boy had with him was enough to feed him, but it certainly wasn't enough to feed all the people who had come to see Jesus that day. Knowing it wasn't enough to feed everyone, he could have kept it to ensure that he was well fed, but he gave it anyway, hoping it would help. Sometimes we may not feel like we have anything to offer, but God can do so much with us. Remember, God doesn't need us to carry out His will. Jesus could have commanded food to miraculously appear, but instead he let a boy show his faith and that He trusted Jesus to provide. It offered Jesus an opportunity to glorify God and demonstrate His power. 

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

Read the following prayer out loud. Have your kids repeat after you:

 

Dear Lord, thank You for being my Provider.
I know I don’t need to worry, because You can do all things.
Help me to have faith like the boy who gave all he had because he trusted You.
We ask these things in Jesus’ name, Amen.

September 4 // Ask Jesus for help.

Read Matthew 14:16 out loud with your family.

 

Ask the following question and discuss the answer together as a family.

 

Q: Have you ever helped cook a meal for your family? 

 

Parent Note: Cooking a meal for a few people can be tricky, but imagine making sure that 5,000 people were fed! This difficult task was complicated by the fact that the people were already hungry and the disciples didn't exactly have an abundance of ingredients from which to choose. They felt Jesus had given them an impossible job, but really, Jesus was giving them an opportunity. This was a chance for the disciples to recognize who Jesus was and rely on His power. While Jesus isn't a genie in a bottle who grants us all of our wishes, it should have occurred to the disciples to ask Jesus if He could help. 

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

Read the following prayer out loud. Have your kids repeat after you:

 

Dear Lord, thank You for being my Helper.
I know that I can ask You for whatever I need.
Please help me to trust You enough to ask for help.
We ask these things in Jesus’ name, Amen.