Read John 11:37 out loud with your family.
Ask the following question and discuss the answer together as a family.
Q: Have you ever not gotten something you really wanted?
Parent Note: Mary and Martha really wanted Jesus to heal their brother, but they didn't get that. Instead, they got to see the magnificent power of God bring their brother back to life. Sometimes we pray for things that we want, but we don't understand that what we want isn't the best possible thing for us. So when we pray for something and it doesn't happen, it doesn't mean that God isn't listening or that He doesn't care, it means God has better plans for us.
Read the following prayer out loud. Have your kids repeat after you:
Dear God, thank You for having a plan.
I know that even if I don’t understand, Your ways are better than my own.
Help me to trust You when I am struggling to understand.
We ask this in Jesus’s name, Amen.