This week your preschooler is learning how to talk to God. As silly as that sounds, in Matthew 6:5-13, Jesus taught us how to talk to God. We aren’t supposed to babble about nothing just so we can “check that off our list”. We aren’t supposed to pray just so people see us and think we are spiritual or religious. Actually, Jesus hated religion.
In the verses this week, Jesus told us to pray in a very specific way. He said to worship (v9), surrender (v10), trust (v11), forgive (v12), and declare His power and glory (v13)! It’s that easy. He already knows what we need before we ask (v8). Our prayer time is supposed to be a time of fellowship with our Father.
Create a Rhythm this week with your preschooler by helping them to pray this way. Together, surrender to Jesus, trust Him, forgive, and declare His power in your lives. Establish a foundation for prayer in their life and listen to them talk to God.
Elementary (K-3rd Grade)
Honor is letting someone know you see how valuable they really are.
Have you ever been to a wedding? Have you ever noticed that when the music starts, the kids are the first ones on the dance floor? Twirling, jumping, shaking…completely undignified and unaware of anyone else’s opinion! They have not yet been taught that they are supposed to be “cool” which translates into being self-absorbed.
In 2 Samuel 6:12-22, your child will see that King David was so excited about bringing the ark in to his city that he danced through the streets! Pretty much naked! He dropped all of his kingly robes and worshipped his God, undignified and oblivious about what anyone thought. Do you know why he was so excited about the ark? It was the presence of God. David ushered in the presence of God with dancing and singing and trumpet blowing! He cared more about the presence of God than anything else.
Create a rhythm this week by putting on some worship music and get undignified with your student! Dance before the Lord, sing to Him, usher in His presence. Teach your student that it’s more important to experience the Living God than to look cool in front of your friends. They need to see you doing this too!
Club 45 (4-5th grade)
Once Upon a Parable: Jesus and the Kingdom
Your student has been learning about all the ways Jesus explains and describes the Kingdom of God through stories. He used real life scenarios to speak to the people He was ministering to. If He was talking to fisherman, He used fishing. If He was talking to Pharisees, He used the law and government.
Our stories can help teach the Kingdom of God to others. These are also known as our testimonies. Our testimonies are tangible evidence of the Kingdom of God. It’s easy to forget how many personal stories we have!
Make It Personal this week by starting a Faith Journal or Story Book with your student. Help your student realize times they have experienced God and write those down. Start a habit of documenting the Kingdom of God in your lives so that you can always refer back to those stories. They’ll come in handy when your student needs a story to share or just needs to be reminded of God’s faithfulness.