July 2 // Worship God only.

 

Read Daniel 3:14 out loud with your family.

 

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

 

Q: What is an idol?

 

Parent Note: Idol has two meanings: 1) a person or a thing that is greatly admired and 2) an image or representation of a god used as an object for worship. In terms of something to worship, neither definition compares to God. A person has flaws, but God is perfect, making Him worthy of praise and worship. In terms of this story, the idols the Babylonians worshiped were representations of gods that did not exist. The idols were made of wood, stone, or metal; but that was all they were—big hunks of common materials. Praying to them was as effective as asking a door knob to make you a sandwich. 

 

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

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

 

Dear God, thank You loving me so much!
You are bigger, stronger, and more wonderful than any god I could make up.
Please help me to worship You above all things.
We ask these things in Jesus’ name, Amen

July 1 // We should celebrate God's gifts.

Read Daniel 1:18-20 out loud with your family.

 

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

 

Q: Name something you're good at doing. How would you feel if someone did it better than you? 

 

Parent Note: It can be hard to deal with the knowledge that we're not the best. A good way to handle such situations is to figure out how the other person is better at whatever it is and learn from them. A bad way to handle such situations is to allow yourself to become jealous of the person and their talents. 

 

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

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

 

Dear God, thank You for blessing me with gifts and talents.
I know that every part of me is uniquely designed by You.
Please help me to use these things to bring You honor.
We ask these things in Jesus’ name, Amen

June 22 // God wants us to come to Him.

Read Luke 11:5-8 out loud with your family.

 

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

 

Q: Why did the neighbor in the story give his friend bread?

 

Parent Note: Because he asked! God is a good Father, and He wants us to know we can come to Him and ask Him for anything. He may not always answer in the way that we expect, but His answer is always the best.

 

Pray this out loud together:

 

Our Father in Heaven, we worship you because you are so powerful and strong and there is no one else like You.
We thank You for providing everything we need and we ask that You continue to take care of us and provide for us because we are Your precious children.
Please forgive us for our sins and help us to forgive others.
We pray this all in Jesus’ name, Amen.

June 21 // Forgive one another.

Read Luke 11:4 out loud with your family.

 

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

 

Q: What makes it difficult to forgive people who hurt you?

 

Parent Note: We are completely forgiven through Jesus’s sacrifice, and the bible tells us that we must forgive others as well. Forgiving people who wrong us is one way that we share the grace of Jesus with others.

 

Pray this out loud together:

 

Dear God, thank you for Your forgiveness.

I know that you sent Jesus to save me from my sin.

Please help me to forgive others the way You’ve forgiven me. 

In Jesus’s name, amen

June 20 // God is our provider.

Read Luke 11:3 out loud with your family.

 

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

 

Q: Have you ever wondered why people have to work and earn money if God provides everything for us? 

 

Parent Note: Everything we have comes from God. You have shelter, and food, and clothes. How do you have those things? Because someone has a job that earns money. How do people get their jobs? People get jobs based on their talent and skills. How do people get talents and skills? God gives us talents and skills. Therefore, you have food, shelter, and clothes through God's provision.  

 

Pray this out loud together:

 

Dear God, thank you for Your provision.

You’re a generous Father who gives me everything I need.

Please teach me to depend on You more than anything else.

In Jesus’s name, amen

June 19 // 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 18 // Your kingdom come.

Read Luke 11:2 out loud with your family.

 

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

 

Q: Have you ever read a book or seen a movie and wished that the people and places were real? 

 

Parent Note: When Jesus told His disciples to pray that the Kingdom of Heaven comes to Earth, He was saying that they should pray that people on Earth love and follow God's law the way every creature in Heaven does.  

 

Pray this out loud together:

 

Dear God, thank you for Your wisdom.

You’re a perfect Father who knows what is best.

Please teach me to love Your ways and to live them out in my life.

In Jesus’s name, amen

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June 17 // Jesus taught us 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 16 // 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 15 // 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 14 // 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 13 // 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 12 // 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 11 // 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 10 // 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 9 // 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 8 // 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.

June 7 // God gives victory.

Read 1 Samuel 17:48-50 out loud with your family.

 

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

 

Q: If David had relied on his own strength and abilities, do you think he could have beaten Goliath? 

Parent Note: Without God, David was just a little shepherd boy armed with a slingshot standing in front of a huge warrior. With God, David was victorious. He can do the same for you!

 

 

Pray this out loud together:

Dear Lord, thank You for helping David to face Goliath.
You are so great. Help us to trust You, too.
We ask these things in Jesus’ name, Amen.

June 6 // Our talents are gifts from God.

Read 1 Samuel 17:42-43 out loud with your family.

 

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

 

Q: What is something you’re good at that might surprise others?  

Parent Note: Goliath laughed and mocked David when he saw him because he didn’t expect David to be a good fighter. Whatever it is you’re good at, God isn’t surprised by it. He knows your talents and abilities because He gave them to you.

 

 

Pray this out loud together:

Dear God, thank you for the gifts You have given me
You’re a loving Father who wants to bless His children
Please help me to use my gifts and talents for Your glory
In Jesus’s name, amen