June 18 // Jesus taught how to pray.

Read Luke 11:1 out loud with your family.

 

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

 

Q: Did anyone teach you any prayers to say before dinner or at bedtime? 

 

Parent Note: This can include children's prayers, such as "Now I lay me down to sleep, ... " "God is good, God is great, thank you for our food, Amen." Have they learned anything else from listening to others pray, such as asking in Jesus' name? 

 

Pray this out loud together:

 

Dear God, thank you for hearing my prayers.

You’re a great Father that listens to His children.

Please teach me to pray in a way that grows my relationship with You.

In Jesus’s name, amen

June 17 // Story Recap

BIBLE STORY:      

THE LORD’S PRAYER

 

BIBLE PASSAGE:

LUKE 11

 

KEY VERSE: 

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” - PHILIPPINES 4:6-7

 

CHRIST CONNECTION:

Jesus taught us how to pray.

 

BOTTOM LINE:

God wants us to pray to Him.

June 10 // Story Recap

BIBLE STORY:     

ELIJAH

 

BIBLE PASSAGE:

1 KINGS 17:1, 18

 

KEY VERSE:    

“And when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces and said, “The Lord, he is God; the Lord, he is God.” - 1 KINGS 18:39

 

CHRIST CONNECTION:

Like the people saw God’s power at Mount Carmel, we see His power in Jesus’ resurrection.

 

BOTTOM LINE:

God is the one, true God.

June 16 // Focus on God.

Read 1 Kings 18:39 out loud with your family.

 

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

 

Q: Can you play video games and read a book at the same time? 

 

Parent Note: Maybe, but our performance on the video game probably wouldn’t be that good, and our comprehension of what we’re reading probably wouldn’t be that great either. The Israelites were worshiping God and Baal at the same time, but they couldn’t have been worshiping God truly if they were worshiping another god. To worship and follow God truly, we must have our eyes on only Him; our hearts must be turned only toward Him. 

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

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

 

God, thank You for being a big God and loving me in every way.

Please help me to focus on You in everything I do.

We ask these things in Jesus’ name, Amen.

June 15 // God does the impossible.

Read 1 Kings 18:33-35 out loud with your family.

 

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

 

Q: Is it possible to start a fire with wet wood?

 

Parent Note: Yes, but it requires a bit of work. God is in control of the elements, and even though we wouldn’t be able to set fire to the altar after 12 buckets of water were dumped on it, that posed no challenge to God.

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

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

 

God, we praise You for being the one true God.
Please help us to live our lives with a bold faith like Elijah.
We ask these things in Jesus’ name, Amen.

June 14 // One true God.

Read 1 Kings 18:24 out loud with your family.

 

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

 

Q: What would you have to do to get your favorite stuffed animal to grant you three wishes? 

 

Parent Note: Our stuffed animals are not alive. There are no magic words, secret handshakes, or special dance moves that will get our stuffed animals to respond. Trying any of these methods to get them to respond to us would make us look as ridiculous as all of the prophets of Baal did on top of Mount Carmel as they tried to get their false god to light their sacrifice on fire. 

 

Pray this out loud together:

 

Dear God, thank You for revealing Yourself.
You are a loving God who wants His people to know Him.
Please help me to trust that You are the Truth.
In Jesus’s name, amen.

June 13 // Trust God's truth.

Read 1 Kings 18:21 out loud with your family.

 

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

 

Q: Would anyone be able to convince you that the sun comes up at night? 

 

Parent Note: No. There is evidence every single day that the sun is up during the day. As ridiculous as this idea sounds, the Israelites had learned about God. They had experienced or had heard evidence proving that God is real, and yet, they still ended up worshiping false idols. At one time, they knew the truth, but they were led astray. 

 

Pray this out loud together:

 

Dear God, thank You for revealing Yourself.
You are a loving God who wants His people to know Him.
Please help me to trust that You are the Truth.
In Jesus’s name, amen.

June 12 // God is our Heavenly Father.

Read Luke 11:2 out loud with your family.

 

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

 

Q: How do you usually address God when you start your prayers? 

 

Parent Note: Jesus tells us to call God our Father to illustrate the close relationship we should have with God. We are conversing with our Creator, the one true God, and we're working toward building that close relationship with Him. 

 

Pray this out loud together:

 

Dear God, thank you for loving me.

You’re my Heavenly Father and I know that You’re listening to me.

Please teach me to become closer to You through prayer.

In Jesus’s name, amen

June 12 // Worship God only.

Read 1 Kings 18:18 out loud with your family.

 

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

 

Q: What are some things that people treat as more important than God?

 

Parent Note: An idol is something that we worship instead of God. The people had stopped worshipping God and began to worship false idols of Baal. We sometimes still get caught up in our idols today (ex: making money, having friends, being smart), and have to be reminded that God is the only one who deserves our worship.

 

Pray this out loud together:

 

Dear God, thank You for being good to me.
You are worthy of all my praise.
Please help me to worship and follow You alone.
In Jesus’s name, amen.

June 11 // Sin has consequences.

Read 1 Kings 17:1 out loud with your family.

 

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

 

Q: Have you ever grown anything in a garden or had a houseplant? 

 

Parent Note: If you forget to water a plant, it might start to wilt. Sometimes the plant might not recover from the lack of water. God had sent a drought to the land to punish the people for turning away from Him. The drought caused the plants and animals to die, so the people had nothing to eat. God had to remind the people that there are consequences for their sin.

 

Pray this out loud together:

 

Dear God, thank You for giving me what I need.
I know that You’re a good God and that Your way is right.
Please help me to obey You and turn from sin.
In Jesus’s name, amen.

July 11 // God is with us in hard times.

Read Job 1:13-19 out loud with your family.

 

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

 

Q: Think back to the last bad day you had. Was it as bad as what Job experienced? 

 

Parent Note: Hopefully, none of us has ever experienced a day anywhere nearly as bad as Job's. Many stories in the Bible can offer us perspective, meaning, by comparison, things we face on a day-to-day basis really aren't that bad. 

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

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

Dear Lord, thank You for all that You’ve done for me.
Even when things are difficult, I know that you’re with me.
Help me to be focused on the blessings You’ve given me.
In Jesus’s name, amen.

June 9 // Saved by grace.

Read Romans 3:20 out loud with your family.

 

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

 

 

Q: You’re baking cookies and the recipe calls for sugar, but you use salt instead. Do you think the cookies will be good? 

 

Parent Note: If we expect to end up with a pile of yummy cookies, we have to follow the recipe exactly as it is written. Before Jesus died for our sins, people had to live strictly according to the Law, or they would face punishment and judgment. The Law was like a recipe the people had to follow if they wanted to avoid punishment. Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross means that we don’t have to live by the Law; we are forgiven. What it does mean is that we can learn from our mistakes, see the consequences of sin, and work to never commit them again. Jesus won’t make our salty cookies taste good, but He does give us a chance to try making them again the right way. 

 

 

Pray this out loud together:

 

Dear God, You made Solomon very wise.
Help us to be wise and to follow You and love You more than anything else.
We ask these things in Jesus’ name, Amen. 

June 8 // Ask for wisdom.

Read James 1:5 out loud with your family.

 

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

 

Q: How could asking God for wisdom help you?

 

Parent Note: Wisdom is a precious gift, and God wants us to have it! With God’s wisdom, we can follow His plan for our lives in our families, our friendships, our struggles, and in the choices we make.

 

Pray this out loud together:

 

Dear God, thank you for caring about my life and my choices

You are wise and thoughtful

Please help me remember that your plans are greater than mine

In Jesus’ name, amen

June 7 // God blesses His children.

Read 1 Kings 3:13 out loud with your family.

 

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

 

Q: Have you ever gotten a gift that you weren’t expecting?

 

Parent Note: God was so pleased with Solomon’s request, He decided to give Him even more than He asked for. Even though we don’t always get every thing we want, we can remember that God is more than enough.

 

Pray this out loud together:

 

Dear God, thank you for Your blessings.

I know that everything I have is from You.

Please help me to see every day as a gift, and use it to shine for You.

In Jesus’s name, amen.

June 6 // Use your gifts.

Read 1 Kings 3:10-12 out loud with your family.

 

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

 

Q: Why do you think God was pleased with Solomon’s request?

 

Parent Note: God wants to give us good gifts- especially gifts that can be used to give Him glory. When Solomon asked for wisdom, God was pleased that Solomon would ask for something that would draw people closer to Him.

 

Pray this out loud together:

 

Dear God, thank you for Your perfect gifts.

I know that You are a good Father that wants to bless His children.

Please help me to use what I’ve been given to live for You.

In Jesus’s name, amen.

June 5 // God wants to give wisdom.

Read 1 Kings 3:5 out loud with your family.

 

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

 

Q: If God told you that you could have anything in the world, what would you ask for?

 

Parent Note: We’d all probably be tempted to ask God for fun things, or maybe even more wishes, but that is what makes Solomon’s answer so special. While Solomon did ask for something for himself, he asked for something that would benefit all the people in his kingdom. 

 

Pray this out loud together:

 

Dear God, You made Solomon very wise.
Help us to be wise and to follow You and love You more than anything else.
We ask these things in Jesus’ name, Amen. 

June 5 // God speaks to us.

Read 1 Kings 3:5 out loud with your family.

 

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

 

Q: Have you ever had a dream that felt real?

 

Parent Note: God speaks to us in many ways; sometimes through prayer, reading the bible, or through other Christians. He even used Solomon’s dreams to communicate with him!

 

Pray this out loud together:

 

Dear God, thank you for Your Word.

I know that you love me and want me to know You more.

Please help me to understand how to hear Your voice and follow You.

In Jesus’s name, amen.

June 4 // Give thanks.

Read 1 Kings 3:3-4 out loud with your family.

 

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

 

Q: Think of the best gift you’ve ever received. How did you show your appreciation? 

 

Parent Note: Saying thank you and giving hugs are good ways to show how much we appreciate gifts. Promising to take good care of the gift is another good way to say thank you. Offering sacrifices was the way people showed appreciation for God’s blessings, so to offer hundreds of sacrifices shows how very thankful Solomon really was. 

 

Pray this out loud together:

 

Dear God, thank you for caring for me.

I know You have given me everything I need and more.

Please help me to honor You by being thankful.

In Jesus’s name, amen.

June 3 // Story Recap

BIBLE STORY:      

SOLOMON ASKS FOR WISDOM

 

BIBLE PASSAGE:

1 KINGS 3:1-15

 

KEY VERSE:    

“If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” - JAMES 1:5

 

CHRIST CONNECTION:

Like Solomon, Jesus relied on God’s wisdom for his life. 

 

BOTTOM LINE:

God wants to give us wisdom.

June 2 // God sees our hearts.

Read 1 Samuel 16:7 out loud with your family.

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

 

Q: What do you think God sees when He looks at you?

Parent Note: God adores you, because you are His child! He wants you to come to come to Him with all of your fears, doubts, and hurts. 

 

Pray this out loud together:

Dear God, thank you for loving me.
I know that you made me to be special and in Your image.

Please give me a clean heart that looks like Yours.
In Jesus’s name, amen.