Know God By Talking To Him Through Prayer

Have you ever played phone tag with someone? Try as you might and no matter when you call, you keep missing each other. Usually what’s at stake is the exchange of necessary information that will help you move forward in a situation, even if it’s as simple as checking in with a friend. At best, it’s inconvenient, and at worst, it’s downright frustrating. Well, how comforting to know that no matter what, there is one who we can always count on to hear us when we call. God is ready to listen absolutely whenever – no busy signal, no office hours, no phone tag. Even better is that even though we are the ones doing all the talking – sharing what we need, confessing sin, or thanking Him for how good He is – we’re also the ones who walk away having gained something, like peace that passes understanding or a deeper understanding of who God is. We can know God by talking to Him through prayer.

KNOWLEDGE: Gaining understanding of the Truth

MEMORY VERSE: “Fear of the Lord is the foundation of wisdom. Knowledge of the Holy One results in good judgment." Proverbs 9:10 (NLT)

This Week’s Finish Line: Know God by Talking To Him Through Prayer

Our story this week is right in the middle of one of Jesus’s most famous sermons in the book of Matthew, the Sermon on the Mount. Jesus is teaching to a large crowd and includes in his teaching the importance of prayer and how to pray. He knew that some people who were listening were tempted to try to impress others by saying fancy prayers or praying where lots of people would be able to hear. Jesus reminds his listeners that praying isn’t about impressing others. It’s about knowing God by talking to Him through prayer! Jesus even tells them how they should pray and what they should pray for. We can sum it up with the acronym PRAY – Praise & thanks, Repent, Ask for others, Yourself. God is always ready to listen and loves when we talk to Him through prayer. Philippians 4:6-7 says we should pray about everything, talking to God about what we need and how thankful we are for Him, and that when we do, we experience peace that only God can give.

Family Questions:

READ MATTHEW 6:5-13

  1. Look at verses 5 & 7. According to Jesus, how should we NOT pray? (We shouldn’t try to impress others by how much we pray or how we do it. We shouldn’t make a show of it or try to perform so others think we’re super holy.)
  2. Does God expect you to have the exact right words to say when you pray? What should our prayers to God be like? (Like having a conversation with Him. He doesn’t care if you use big words or sound fancy. He wants you to be honest with Him. He is the awesome Creator of the universe but also loves you personally and wants you to come talk to Him about whatever is on your heart and mind.)

READ PHILIPPIANS 4:6-7

  1. What does this verse remind you about prayer?
  2. Do you ever get worried or anxious about things? What are some of those things?
  3. What does verse 6 tell you to do when you get worried or anxious? (Talk to God about it) Will he answer exactly how you want Him to answer? (No) Does that mean He didn’t hear you? (No – He ALWAYS hears you but sometimes He answers differently than we think He should)

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Bring it Home Conversations & Activities:

Teacher: Meal Time

Read Matthew 6:9-13. Remind your kiddos of the acronym for PRAY that they learned at church this weekend: Praise & thanks, Repent, Ask for others, Yourself. Talk through the following questions at dinner.

  1. What does it mean to praise & thank God? (Spend time thinking about who He is and thanking Him for being good, kind, patient, and for what He did on the cross)
  2. What does it mean to repent? (Agree with God that we have sinned and ask Him to forgive us, help us to do the right thing next time, and to change our wants/desires)
  3. What does it mean to ask for others? (Asking God to help/comfort/provide for others including friends/family or strangers and even enemies.)
  4. What does it mean to ask for yourself? (Talk to God about what you’re struggling with or rejoicing about in your daily life. Ask Him for help, guidance, healing, or wisdom)

How did Jesus set an example of each of these in His prayer we read in Matthew?

Friend: Drive Time

Do you think God can hear you when you pray in the car? (Definitely!) Do you have to have your eyes closed to pray? (Nope!) How does it make you feel knowing you can talk to God whenever you want and that He’ll hear you because of how much He loves you? Spend time taking turns praying as you drive around this week. Make sure to remind your kids that they don’t have to think about the perfect thing to pray about or say just the right thing. We can talk to God just like we talk to a friend!

Counselor: Bedtime

Thank God for the amazing gift of being able to approach Him personally thru prayer. Ask Him to help you live a prayer-filled life not to get results but to grow closer in relationship to Him.

Coach: Anytime

Every day this week, pray about what is listed on the prayer calendar your kiddo came home with from church. (Click here to download) Keep this calendar somewhere your child can see it every day (the refrigerator, their bathroom mirror, etc.). Talk as a family about other ideas to remind you to turn to God in prayer throughout each day!

Prayer

Thank God for the amazing gift of being able to approach Him personally thru prayer. Ask Him to help you live a prayer-filled life not to get results but to grow closer in relationship to Him.

Looking Ahead

Next week we will continue learning about KNOWLEDGE!

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