THE BIBLE MEETS LIFE: The majority of Americans claim to pray. We seek God’s assistance or intervention for everything imaginable, but not every prayer is answered as desired. God is not reluctant to hear us or answer us, but He knows our hearts and what we truly need. Jesus taught us to pray with persistence and trust that our heavenly Father will answer.
Concept: God’s Promise of Answered Prayer
1 Samuel 17:12-50
LIFE POINT: Three of David’s brothers were soldiers in King Saul’s army. David’s father, Jesse, told David to take food to his brothers. David found his brothers and gave them food. While there, David heard the Philistine giant, Goliath, talk
mean to the Israelites. The men backed away from the giant. David learned about the things the king promised to anyone who took down Goliath. David told the king he would fight Goliath. David picked up five smooth stones. David put a stone
in his sling and swung it. He let the stone go. The stone hit Goliath in the forehead. Goliath fell to the ground. David brought down Goliath and saved the Israelite people.
LIVE IT OUT: Print the word HELP in the center of a sheet of paper. Read the word to your child. Say, “God helps you.” Let your child decorate the word with crayons and stickers.
1 Samuel 17:1-50
LIFE POINT: David took food to his brothers in the army. He heard the giant Goliath talking to the army. “Send someone out to fight me. If they win, we will serve you. If I win, you will serve us.” No one wanted to fight Goliath. He was over 9 feet tall!
David decided to fight the giant. He couldn’t wear the king’s armor because it was too big. Instead, he picked up five small stones and carried his sling. David slung a stone. It hit Goliath’s forehead. The giant fell to the ground. David killed Goliath and won the fight.
LIVE IT OUT: Share with your child times when you have felt God’s presence during trouble. List some times that your child feels are hard for him. Help him to pray and ask for God’s guidance and presence during those times.
THE POINT: God always answers persistent prayer. When have you found it pays to
be persistent? How can we be patient, yet persistent in our relationship with God?
Discuss the following quote:
“Storms can bring fear, cloud judgment, and create confusion. Yet God promises that as you seek Him through prayer, He will give you wisdom to know how to proceed …”1 —Paul Chappell
LIVE IT OUT: Your student is encouraged to do one or both Live It Out activities. Here are some suggested ways to help your student:
If he or she plans to complete Communing with God:
• Discuss with your student different distractions that keep us from communing with God.
If he or she plans to complete Fervent prayer:
• Encourage your student to evaluate whether he or she is truly making prayer a priority.
• Pray with your student on a regular basis, and point out to him or her when you see God’s faithfulness through an answered prayer
1. Paul Chappell, “Quotes About Prayer,” Christian Quotes [onine], [accessed 16 March 2015]. Available from the Internet: w ww.christianquotes.info/quotes-by-topic/quotes-about-prayer/#ixzz3QasYCx1J