I don’t know about you, but I find myself always needing something. “I NEED an iced latte.” “I NEED 5 minutes of solace to myself.” “I NEED peace from the chaos of the week.” Or how about this one, “I NEED another day between Sunday and Monday?” What is it that you find yourself needing throughout the week? Whatever it may be, God has the power to give it to you. Now He may not give you rest in the form of an eighth day in the week, but He will give you small moments of rest throughout the week for you to slow down and breathe.
Just as Moses took the Israelite's request for water to God, we simply must go to God and ask Him. But we must be careful that our requests are not complaints and that they will ultimately glorify Him. Will you carve time out of your week this week to talk to God? Bring your requests to Him and watch as God does the impossible.
Here is a snapshot of what we will show the kids this week:
Bible Story Focus: God’s power can give me what I need. (Moses and the Water • Exodus 17:1-7)
Memory Verse: “Great is our Lord and mighty in power.” Psalm 147:5, NIV
Key Question: Who is powerful?
Bottom Line: God is powerful.
Bible Story & Worship
Watch the Bible Story Video with your kids so you can recap and discuss it with them in the “Bring Jesus To Their Level” section. Then join your kids in worship as we sing and dance for God.
Next, use the Memory Verse video to practice our monthly verse. We working to memorize this verse all month. Be sure to use the hand motions as it helps the kids to remember. Also, think of a fun reward you can give them at the end of the month when they are able to say it all by themselves. The activity sheet and coloring page are fun resources to help reinforce story and/or big idea.
Bring Jesus To Their Level
Finish up your church at home by recapping the story and practicing the memory again. Then say: “Our Bible story, today, was about something way more powerful than our steps. Whose power was our story about? (Pause.) Yes! God’s power! God’s power gave Moses and the people what they needed. Do you remember what Moses and the people needed? (Pause.) Yes, they needed water to drink. And how did God give them water? (Pause.) You got it! God told Moses to hit a rock. Moses did what God said, and water came from the rock!
“God has the power to give us what we need, too. And the Bible verse we’re learning will help us remember that [Bottom Line] God is powerful. It says . . . ‘Great is our Lord and mighty in power,’ Psalm 147:5. (Practice this verse several times with your kids.)
“Today, we’ll make a list of things we need. It can be water, sleep, food, clothes, a place to live, family, friends . . . whatever you need. (Have each family member list something.)
“This is a great list! Let’s use it when we pray. Would anyone like to pray before I pray?” (Give your kid(s) an opportunity to pray if they want to.)
PRAYER: “Dear God, You know everything. That means You know we need things like (read the list your family made). We believe You have the power to give us what we need. Thank You for already giving us Jesus to be our friend forever. We really need Jesus! We love You, God. In Jesus’ name, amen.”
As we wrap up, I would like to leave you with one of the kids’ favorite ‘good-bye’ songs:
Let Me See Your Alligator
Thank you for the opportunity to partner with you in the discipleship of your kid(s). My prayers are with you.
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.”Jeremiah 1:5