God-worshiping: Ask and Pray.
Saying the memory verse together at suppertime will imprint it on the hearts of your children forever.
Do not worry about anything! Instead, tell God about everything. Ask and pray. Give thanks to him. Then God's peace will watch over your hearts and your minds because you belong to Christ Jesus.
As parents, our most critical responsibility is to introduce our children to Jesus, to His love, and to His offer of salvation. A huge part of knowing that God is real is praying to Him. How do we teach our children to pray when we ourselves may not know?
Esther Ilnisky's article "Let the Children Pray" for the study "Teach the Children to Pray." (Christianity Today International, 2006) offers these ideas:
- Embrace your child's desire to pray.
- Make sure your children know that God is able to listen all the time—and so we may pray at anytime, anywhere.
- Let your children pray, using their own words.
- Let your children pray for you and your needs.
- Celebrate their prayers. Tell them that God is alive in them.
- If your child is struggling with something, pray for your child and His struggle. Then pray for the all the other children who are struggling with the same thing.
- Pray for every other child who is your child's age or has your child's name.
- Let your children "catch" you praying—your modeling is worth a thousand words.
Praying is communicating with our Lord—both talking and listening. As we pray with our children, we are showing them that God hears each prayer. We also need to teach our children how God answers our prayers—and how even when His answer is "no" or "wait," we know that God is far wiser than we are. We can trust God and His answers.
JUST THE FACTS
How well did you listen to the story?
Q. With what word did Liz win the first spelling bee?
A. The word was “Quorum”.
Q. Name some members of Liz’s Bible study.
A. Some of the members are Scooter, Lucille and Granny Gecko.
Q. When Liz is up all night, what book is he trying to memorize?
A. He is trying to memorize the dictionary.
Q. What are the names of the two contestants from Primasaurus Elementary School?
A. Their names are Bouncy Flipperfin and Trixie Fishbender.
This question is meant to help the children develop a biblical understanding of God, who He is and what He does. The "answer" is not meant for parents to read to their children. Rather its purpose is to assist parents in guiding the conversation to this biblical understanding. We encourage you to use an open Bible in this conversation, building biblical literacy and well as a biblical theology.
In Habakkuk 1:2, Habbakuk asked the following of the Lord: "How long, O LORD, will I call for help, and You will not hear?" Does God answer all our prayers?
In Habakkuk 1:5, God responds, “Look at the nations and watch— and be utterly amazed. For I am going to do something in your days that you would not believe, even if you were told.” God’s got a plan, and it’s more than just one person can imagine! The truth is, even though Habakkuk couldn't see it, God was working the whole time! And the same is true in today in your life and in mine. Trust that God is working, and that He is in control over all the details in your life.