From the Sermon: Psalm 54
Preacher: Pastor Brandon Johnston
Scripture: Psalm 54
MAIN POINTS: 1)The Petition of Prayer, 2) The Dialogue of Prayer, and 3) ThePromises of Prayer
Psalm 54 gives us a glimpse of David’s prayer life. We can learn from David to come to God with all our needs and desires and trust that he will hear
and answer our prayers in his perfect wisdom and love for us. Because of Jesus, we can commune with God through prayer at all times and
remind ourselves of his great love and promises.
Family Discussion Questions:
1. What’s something that surprised or confused you about this Bible passage?
2. What are the obstacles that keep you from praying?
3. How do your prayers reflect what you believe about God?
4. How can we pray in a way that brings about thanksgiving?
5. Spend some time as a family or group praying how David models prayer for us:
bring your supplications to God, remember who God is, and remember what
he’s already done for you.
· Read the sermon summary together as a family. Build this into your normal routine, perhaps reading together around the table during a meal.
· There are five questions, each with a different theme. You can choose one night a week to go over all five, do a couple questions a few times a week, or discuss one question per day.
· Each question is meant to be a conversation starter. Model for your children how to answer these questions by sharing your own personal insights.
· Even if your conversations don’t go as planned, don’t be discouraged. ALL time spent talking about and reading God’s word is valuable!
· The more consistent you are in having these discussions, the more fruitful they will be. As this becomes part of your weekly rhythm, your kids will anticipate the questions and listen more attentively at church.
- 1 Samuel 23
- Matthew 6:5-8
Use these additional scriptures as daily reading. These are also a great way to help your children learn to locate passages in the Bible.
Attribute of God:
JEALOUS: God will not share our affections. He knows that he and he alone can give us what we need and will not tolerate us turning to other
people or things for our hope.
We focus on a new attribute of God each week to discuss as a family. Use this time to discuss who God is, answer questions the kids
might have, and talk about what that week’s attribute means to each person in your family.
REPENTANCE: Spend some time this week repenting of your unbelief and ask God to help you believe in the promises he has given you.
Each week of the month has its own prayer theme: Church, Family, Community and Repentance. Use these themes to show your children how to pray. It can be helpful to add this to an already existing routine like at bedtime or when you’re in the car together.
Jesus Paid It All
I hear the Savior say,
“Thy strength indeed is small;
Child of weakness, watch and pray,
Find in Me thine all in all.
Jesus paid it all,
All to Him I owe;
Sin had left a crimson stain,
He washing it white as snow.
Lord, now indeed I find
Thy power and Thine alone,
Can change the leper’s spots
And melt this heart of stone.
And when before the throne
I stand in Him complete
“Jesus died my soul to save,”
My lips shall still repeat
Oh praise the one
Who paid my debts
And raised this life
Up from the dead
Each month we highlight a different song for you to sing together. Singing is an integral part of worship! Singing as a family helps teach the kids how to worship at church, and as they learn more songs, they will be able to participate more on Sunday mornings. You can practice your songs in the car, at the dinner table, when you wake up, or at bedtime! You can also check out our playlist on Spotify and sing along with your favorite worship songs.
“...walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him: bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; ’”
This is the same memory verse that the whole church is learning and it rotates monthly. Practice reciting it as a family each day at least once. Dinner time is a great opportunity to practice together.
New City Catechism:
Questions 17: What is idolatry?
Answer: Idolatry is trusting in created things rather than the Creator.