HOME SUNDAY RESOURCE: August 25th, 2019
The command to follow: PRAY
Researchers have found that moving our bodies and adding actions to our learning significantly increases our ability to remember. Here is a hand action you can add to the command to remember it:
Take both hands and put them together in front of you palms touching & facing each other, fingers pointing up
Bow your head
SCRIPTURE PASSAGE: Luke 11:1-13
Use the simple Discovery Bible Study (DBS) format on the Home Resource tab to facilitate the reading and discussion.
The disciples approach Jesus, asking Him to teach them to pray, as John’s disciples learned. Jesus continues to share the heart of God with them; the longing of a Father’s heart to respond to the prayers of His kids.
As Jesus comes out of the secret place, His usual escape into prayer, the disciples approach. They come with a simple request-teach us to pray. They have observed Jesus slip away often to be alone in prayer. In their minds, there had to be a connection between the life of peace and power demonstrated in Jesus, and His commitment to prayer. Simply, when Jesus prayed, things changed dramatically. Jesus takes this opportunity to not only teach them how to pray but to Who they pray. “Our Father…” is the incredible revelation Jesus gives to these friends of His. As He continues in teaching in prayer, Jesus takes this time to reveal the good heart of the Father. Prayer becomes intimate for the disciples, and a place of confidence and communion with God. In prayer, Jesus says “make yourselves vulnerable before the Father”. Our God is kind, good, and willing beyond what we could imagine. He will meet our every need-emotionally, spiritually, and physically. Keep asking, keep knocking, keep seeking. The door to the Father’s heart and hand will be opened to you. This, Jesus reveals, is the tender heart of prayer.
- What has been your understanding of the value of prayer in your relationship with the Lord?
- Give people a chance to discuss times/rhythms of prayer they will engage as a community during this 40 days of prayer and fasting? (ex. Household, workplace, regions)
Here are three youtube links to songs that you can use during the "worship" portion of the DBS:
Questions for comprehension & imagination amongst kids:
What is the Lord’s prayer really about? What does hallowed mean? Are we really asking for a loaf of bread?? Rewrite the Lord’s prayer in your own words to build understanding and heart connection!
What did Jesus’ story after He taught His friends the prayer teach them about our Father God? What kind of Father are we praying to?
Who does Jesus say Father God will give us if we ask?
Have you ever been in a situation where you really needed or wanted something and someone gave it to you? What did that feel like? How did you feel towards that person?
What do you think Heaven is like? Make a list describing what it looks like, how people live there, what does it feel like? NOW, what would it be like on earth if Heaven came down? What would it look like if a piece of the Kingdom of Heaven showed up in your school or home?
And for more general ideas on how to structure the time with kids in the mix see our HOME RESOURCE IDEAS FOR KIDS
Be encouraged to include the kids as much as possible in your gatherings. Have them listen to the scriptures as they are read aloud, participate in communion or lead you all in worship. Perhaps ask them how they heard the text, and invite them to retell back to everyone in their own words.
We are in the middle of 40 Days of prayer. Be sure to check out the link below on how to engage in prayer as a community and with your region