In Deuteronomy 6: 5-7 we find what Jesus called, “the first and greatest commandment.” Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul and with all your strength. these commandments that I give to you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children and when you sit at home….”
God commands parents to impress the truths of the Bible on the hearts of their children. We do this by spending time talking about God’s word and sharing our faith with them as we live our lives day by day. An important part of obeying God’s company in this passage is being very intention about setting time aside at home to read the Scripture, pray and focus our attention on the God that loves us so much that he sent His Son to die for us.
This time together will also deepen and strengthen family relationships and provide an opportunity to take the lead in passion on faith to your children. As your family’s faith grows at home, it will lead to great worship and service as you seek to follow God’s greatest commission to go and make disciples of all nations.
TALK : Ask your child… feel free to skip questions or add new ones as age appropriate
- Why do we need to be thankful?
- Read Psalm 100
- How is God described in the passage?
- What does this passage say we should do as a result of what we know?
- What are some ways that we as a family can offer up thanksgiving to God?
- Why is it hard to be thankful when we know that God is good & gives us everything we need?
PRAY: A powerful way to pray as a family is to follow the A.C.T.S model
- A – Adoration: telling God how wonderful He is
- C – Confession: admitting our sins to God
- T – Thanksgiving: expressing our gratitude to God
- S – Supplication: asking God for things we need
You may choose to pray through one or all of these sections. Invite anyone who wants to pray to do so.
Adoration – Psalm 100 is written as a prayer of adoration to God. As a family try praying this passage out loud.
Confession – knowing that God is perfect and that we are not, we need to confess to God what we have done wrong. This helps prepare our hearts to give Thanksgiving to God. Its important that a parent begin this time of confession. Kids need to see parents set the example how to humbly admit and confess.
Thanksgiving – take time as a family to first thank God for who He is. Have the children pray one word prayers of thanksgiving for who God is like – “holy”, “loving” “merciful”, etc.
Supplication – God invites us to share our needs and requests to Him. Like a loving Father, He loves us. Ask God for things we need.
- Create a Family Thankful Journal this month (provided materials)
- Discuss as a family what are some things we are thankful to God for
Digging deeper: Its really easy to become cynical and discouraged. Conversely its hard to be thankful and grateful at times.
- Open your Bible to the concordance in the back or do an internet search at www.biblegateway.com Look up “thanksgiving” “thankful” and “thankfulness” Take some time to look at some of the passages. What do you notice about these verses?
- How would you describe someone with a grateful or thankful heart or attitude to God verses someone who was not?
- How would you describe yourself in this area? Would you be a thankful person?
- If a TV reality show followed you around, how would you be described?
- What are some practical things you can apply to your daily life to live a life of gratitude?