Tuesday: Struggle

Pray: Begin by making the sign of the cross and calling upon God’s name.

From God to us, from death to life, from me to you …
in the name of the Father, and of the Son + and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Lord God, when we are weak, you are strong. When we feel helpless, you are our helper. By your Holy Spirit, give us confidence to trust in you. Remind us that even in the darkest time, we have nothing to fear, because you are with us. In the name of Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.

Listen: Listen carefully as these verses from the Bible are read aloud.

Acts 14:8-10
In Lystra there was a man who had been born with crippled feet and had never been able to walk. The man was listening to Paul speak, when Paul saw that he had faith in Jesus and could be healed. So he looked straight at the man and shouted, “Stand up!” The man jumped up and started walking around.

Engage: Talk about the Bible by having parents respond to children’s questions.

Child: Can you imagine how the crippled man felt before he met Paul? How did he feel after?

Child: What does it mean that the man “had faith in Jesus”? Who told the man about Jesus?

Affirm:  Pray for God to put his Word into action in your daily life.

Lord God, we believe that you have the power to do all things. Help us to look to you when we are struggling or in pain. We put all our worries and fears into your hands, knowing that you care for us. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.

Have each person in the family bless one another with these words.

May you always trust in the power of Jesus. Amen.

Tuesday: Struggle

Pray: Begin by making the sign of the cross and calling upon God’s name.

From God to us, from death to life, from me to you …
in the name of the Father, and of the Son + and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Holy Father, you are with us in whatever we face. When we feel alone and rejected, may you keep our spirits strong. Help us not to give up in the face of discouragement, and keep us faithful to your Word. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.

Listen: Listen carefully as these verses from the Bible are read aloud.

Acts 13:43-46
Many Jews and devout converts to Judaism followed Paul and Barnabas, who, as they spoke with them, urged them to continue in the grace of God. 44  The next Sabbath almost the whole city gathered to hear the word of the Lord. 45  But when the Jews saw the crowds, they were filled with jealousy and began to contradict what was spoken by Paul, reviling him.  46  And Paul and Barnabas spoke out boldly, saying, “It was necessary that the word of God be spoken first to you. Since you thrust it aside and judge yourselves unworthy of eternal life, behold, we are turning to the Gentiles.

Engage: Talk about the Bible by having parents respond to children’s questions.

Child: Have you ever tried to tell someone something important and they didn’t believe you? What happened?

Child: How did the apostles handle rejection? Did they let it stop their work?

Affirm: Pray for God to put his Word into action in your daily life.

Lord God, sometimes we face rejection. But we know that your servants faced the same kind of rejection. Give us boldness and confidence in you, that we would not be discouraged. Help us to serve for your sake, not for the the response we receive. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.

Have each person in the family bless one another with these words.

May you be bold in faith and trust in Jesus’ power. Amen.

Tuesday: Struggle

Pray: Begin by making the sign of the cross and calling upon God’s name.

From God to us, from death to life, from me to you …
in the name of the Father, and of the Son + and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Eternal Father, you promise to be with us in the midst of life’s struggles. When we think things are hopeless, remind us that you are there to guide and protect us. Open our ears, that we may hear your promise and obey your commands, as you lead us every day. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.

Listen: Listen carefully as these verses from the Bible are read aloud.

Acts 12:6-9
6 The night before Peter was to be put on trial, he was asleep and bound by two chains. A soldier was guarding him on each side, and two other soldiers were guarding the entrance to the jail. 7 Suddenly an angel from the Lord appeared, and light flashed around in the cell. The angel poked Peter in the side and woke him up. Then he said, “Quick! Get up!”  The chains fell off his hands, 8 and the angel said, “Get dressed and put on your sandals.” Peter did what he was told. Then the angel said, “Now put on your coat and follow me.” 9 Peter left with the angel, but he thought everything was only a dream.

Engage: Talk about the Bible by having parents respond to children’s questions.

Child: What do you think Peter was feeling when he was locked up in jail?

Child: Have you ever been in a scary situation where you did not know what was going to happen to you?  Did you know that God was with you?

Affirm: Pray for God to put his Word into action in your daily life.

Lord, sometimes we find ourselves in scary situations. Help us to trust that you are with us always, and that, no matter what we face, we can put our hope in you. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.

Have each person in the family bless one another with these words.

May you hear God’s Word and trust that he is with you always. Amen.

Tuesday: Struggle

Pray:  Begin by making the sign of the cross and calling upon God’s name.

From God to us, from death to life, from me to you …
in the name of the Father, and of the Son + and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Almighty God, sometimes we struggle to understand and obey you. We often think that we know better, and we want to do things our own way. By your Holy Spirit, we pray that you would change our hearts and minds, so that we would see things your way. In the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Listen:  Listen carefully as these verses from the Bible are read aloud.

Acts 10:9-16
Peter went up on the roof of the house to pray 10 and became very hungry. While the food was being prepared, he fell sound asleep and had a vision. 11 He saw heaven open, and something came down like a huge sheet held up by its four corners. 12 In it were all kinds of animals, snakes, and birds. 13 A voice said to him, “Peter, get up! Kill these and eat them.” 14 But Peter said, “Lord, I can’t do that! I’ve never eaten anything that is unclean and not fit to eat.” 15 The voice spoke to him again, “When God says that something can be used for food, don’t say it isn’t fit to eat.”16 This happened three times before the sheet was suddenly taken back to heaven.

Engage: Talk about the Bible by having parents respond to children’s questions.

Child: Why did Peter not want to eat certain animals? What had he been taught?

Child: Why is it important to listen to God, even in times when we want to do things our own way?

Affirm: Pray for God to put his Word into action in your daily life.

Lord God, we look to you to show us what is right. Help us to listen to your Word and to do what you command. Give us the faith to trust that you are leading us and guiding us in the right way. Amen.

Have each person in the family bless one another with these words.

May God give you strength as you struggle to do what he commands. Amen.

Tuesday: Struggle

Pray: Begin by making the sign of the cross and calling upon God’s name.

From God to us, from death to life, from me to you …
in the name of the Father, and of the Son + and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Almighty God, you know that sometimes we feel angry and frustrated, and we take it out on other people. Help us learn to be helpful and not hurtful, in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Listen: Listen carefully as these verses from the Bible are read aloud.

Acts 9:1-4
Saul kept on threatening to kill the Lord’s followers. He even went to the high priest 2 and asked for letters to the Jewish leaders in Damascus. He did this because he wanted to arrest and take to Jerusalem any man or woman who had accepted the Lord’s Way. 3 When Saul had almost reached Damascus, a bright light from heaven suddenly flashed around him. 4 He fell to the ground and heard a voice that said, “Saul! Saul! Why are you so cruel to me?”

Engage: Talk about the Bible by having parents respond to children’s questions.

Child: Why do you think Saul did not want people to follow Jesus?

Child: Has anyone ever been mean to you because you believe in God? What did you do?

Affirm: Pray for God to put his Word into action in your daily life.

Lord God, sometimes we face rejection because we believe in you. Help us to remain faithful and forgiving. Give us the strength to do good to others, even when they do not do good to us. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Have each person in the family bless one another with these words.

May God take away your hard feelings and help you to forgive. Amen.

Tuesday: Struggle

Pray: Begin by making the sign of the cross and calling upon God’s name.

From God to us, from death to life, from me to you …
in the name of the Father, and of the Son + and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Almighty God, you speak to us through the words of the Bible. But we don’t always understand. May your Holy Spirit be at work through people in our lives who can guide us and teach us your Word, in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Listen: Listen carefully as these verses from the Bible are read aloud.

Acts 8:29-33
29 The Spirit told Philip to catch up with the chariot. 30 Philip ran up close and heard the man reading aloud from the book of Isaiah. Philip asked him, “Do you understand what you are reading?” 31 The official answered, “How can I understand unless someone helps me?”

Engage: Talk about the Bible by having parents respond to children’s questions.

Child: Have you ever felt like you didn’t understand what you read in the Bible?  How does God use other people to help and guide us?

Child: Who is someone that has helped you understand more about God?

Affirm: Pray for God to put his Word into action in your daily life.

Lord God, we need your Spirit to give us guidance and understanding. Help us not to be discouraged by questions we may have, but be inspired to dig more deeply into your Word so that it may lead us to a greater trust in your promise, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Have each person in the family bless one another with these words.

May the Holy Spirit grant you wisdom and understanding. Amen.

Tuesday: Struggle

Pray: Begin by making the sign of the cross and calling upon God’s name.

From God to us, from death to life, from me to you …
in the name of the Father, and of the Son + and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Almighty God, it is not always easy to have faith. Some people will not like us because we believe in you. So we ask you to give us the strength and courage to stand strong, knowing that you are with us, in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Listen: Listen carefully as these verses from the Bible are read aloud.

Acts 6:12-15
[Some bad men] turned the people and their leaders and the teachers of the Law of Moses against Stephen. Then they all grabbed Stephen and dragged him in front of the council. Some men agreed to tell lies about Stephen, and they said, “This man keeps on saying terrible things about this holy temple and the Law of Moses. We have heard him claim that Jesus from Nazareth will destroy this place and change the customs that Moses gave us.” Then all the council members stared at Stephen. They saw that his face looked like the face of an angel. (CEV)

Engage: Talk about the Bible by having parents respond to children’s questions.

Child: Have you ever had someone tell lies about you? How did it make you feel?

Child: Why do you think people tell a lie? Why is it important to always tell the truth?

Affirm: Pray for God to put his Word into action in your daily life.

God of truth, we are called to speak the truth of your Word to others and to be faithful, as Stephen was faithful, in sharing the Good News of Jesus. Give us courage to speak of Christ with the wisdom of the Spirit. In his name we pray. Amen.

Have each person in the family bless one another with these words.

May the power of the Holy Spirit fill you with his goodness and truth. Amen.