Theme: Worshiping God/ Jesus Talks about God’s Kingdom
1. In Luke 18:1-14, Jesus taught two parables about prayer: The Parable of the Persistent Widow and The Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector. What are some things you would like to know about prayer? What questions do you have about prayer?
2. Prayer is an important daily spiritual practice that we can’t live without. .As you listen to this episode, think about how we can take our own problems to God and find answers from him.
Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.
A: False. He didn’t fear God or care what people thought.
A: Jesus taught that unless we know who God is and unless we are people who pray without losing heart, we don’t yet have the persistent faith that Jesus will look for when he returns.
Think about why you pray. Prayer connects us with God. As we can see in both of Jesus’ parables, God encourages us to bring our praise, thanks, concerns, worries and fears to him (Philippians 4:5-7). 1 John 5:14-15 says that when we share our good times and our bad times with God, he hears us, bears our burdens, and gives us what we need. Whether it is a quick spontaneous prayer with friends or saying the Lord’s Prayer together during the family meal time, there’s never a bad time to pray!
Read all about prayer in Matthew 6:9-13, Ephesians 1:17, Ephesians 6:18, Colossians 4:2, Romans 12:12, and Philippians 4:6. Want to dig deeper and learn more about prayer? Check out Kids Corner’s eBook Faith Practices for Families: Prayer.
When his disciples asked him to teach them to pray, Jesus taught them this prayer:
Pray then like this: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil” (Matthew 6:9-13).
Let’s follow the example that Jesus taught because it is for us too. Learn the Lord’s Prayer, practice praying it, and repeat it from memory.