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The Lord's Prayer - Ask and Receive

Last Sunday Discovery Point:  The Lord's Prayer - Ask and Receive We have learned over the past several weeks that we should be respectful, have humble hearts, acknowledge God’s holiness, and believe He will answer us when we pray. In this last lesson on the Lord’s Prayer (Jesus’ example prayer for His disciples), we learned why and how to ask God for the things we desire. It’s okay to feel like we don’t know what to ask for through prayer because the Spirit will help us. And we don’t have to be afraid to ask God for the desires of our hearts because He will answer according to His own holiness and will. The important thing to remember is that God loves us and wants us to make requests because it shows Him that we know He can provide. So, when we pray, we can make requests with the full assurance that God not only is able, but He will answer our prayers! (Scriptures used: Luke 11:1-10, Romans 8:26-27) Memory Verse: “So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; see

Christmas Special - The Gift of Christmas

Last Sunday Discovery Point:  Christmas Special - The Gift of Christmas Today, we learned that Christmas is a time in which we should celebrate the birth of Jesus and worship Him. We also learned that God loves us very much and gave us the ultimate gift when He sent His only son, Jesus, into the world to die for our sins, so that those who believe may have eternal life. God gave His very best for us, and we should give our very best to God. We need to keep an eternal perspective and not bow down to the temporal pleasures that the world has to offer. (Scripture used: Matthew 2:1-12) Memory Verse: For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23 NIV Practice this verse several times with your child during the week. This will help him or her remember the verse and it will also help to reinforce what he or she learned during class. Suggested Parent/Child Activity: During the Christmas holiday, take time to help your c

The Lord's Prayer - Believe and Don't Doubt

Last Sunday Discovery Point:  The Lord's Prayer - Believe and Don't Doubt We have been learning how to pray like Jesus and follow the example prayer (The Lord's Prayer) He taught to the disciples. It's important to be respectful, pray for the right reasons, and recognize God's holiness. But how does belief affect our prayers? Today we learned the importance of believing that God answers our prayers and discussed some warnings the Bible gives us for unbelief. Truly believing God doesn't mean we give up when He doesn't answer our prayers the way we like - it means trusting that His plan is perfect. And because we know God is perfect and holy, our belief that He has the power to do anything shows Him that we love and trust Him. Scripture used: Luke 11:1-4, Mark 11:22-25, James 1:5-8 Memory Verse: "Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” Mark 11:24 NIV Find the verse in a B

The Lord's Prayer - Honor God First

Last Sunday Discovery Point:  The Lord's Prayer - Honor God First Today we talked about the importance of honoring God through prayer and looked at a Psalm written by King David as an example of showing respect to God when we pray. We honor God by first approaching Him with humility and respect. Another way we honor God through prayer is by praising His qualities (such as holiness/perfect nature, power, wisdom, great love, etc.). And we can expect God to answer our prayers because He loves us and sent Jesus to die for our sins. Scripture used: Luke 11:1-2, Psalm 5:1-7 Memory Verse: "But I, by your great love, can come into your house; in reverence I bow down toward your holy temple.” Psalm 5:7 NIV Look up the verse in the Bible and read it out loud with your child. Then, while sitting at a table, say one or two words of the verse and then roll a ball to your child. Then he or she will say a few more words and roll the ball back to you. Continue the activity until t

The Lord’s Prayer – Teach Me to Pray

This Sunday Discovery Point:  Prayer is how we talk to God. Today we began our lessons on the Lord’s Prayer, and we learned what Jesus said about praying. While we may be used to certain types of prayers, we found out if those prayers actually line up with God’s word. Jesus taught us to be humble and sincere when we pray and not to focus on gaining the attention of others (like the hypocrites). Jesus gave us the example of recognizing God’s holiness, asking Him to provide for us, and seeking forgiveness from God and others. (Scripture used: Luke 11:1-4, Matthew 6:5-15) Memory Verse: “He said to them, ‘When you pray, say, ‘Father, hallowed be your name, Your kingdom come.” Luke 11:2 NIV  Use the follow motions to practice memorizing the verse with your child: He said to them – Cup your hands around your mouth When you pray, say – Place your hands together in prayer Father, hallowed by your name – Point up to the sky with both hands Your kingdom come – Make a “come” motion