(Parallel’s High School student devotionals for this week.)
- Pre Devo Activity
- Pray for understanding and clarity before you read God’s word or this devotional.
- Read through this devotional before actual family time.
- Make sure each family member brings their Bible and a pen.
- Bring enough index cards for each family member to have at least one.
- Pray with your family before you start your devotional. Ask that God would remove any outside distractions and make clear His Word and your words.
- This week’s high school daily devotionals discussed Prayer.
- Have someone read Philippians 4:4-7. Then, pass out index cards.
i. On one side of the index cards, have each person summarize the passage in your own words.
ii. Ask: What do you think of when you hear the word “supplication?”
Supplication: “ask or beg for something earnestly or humbly.”
iii. Ask: What other words describe prayer in this passage?
iv. Ask: What is a request?
1. In essence, to ask something of someone who is in control of something.
2. Illustration for Clarification: If you were to ask the teacher if you could go to the bathroom and she says ‘no,’ what would be some reasons for her denial of your request? She may know that something in class is about to happen that you need to be present for, she doesn’t want you to miss out on a crucial part of a lecture, or she may dismiss the whole class for a bathroom break in a few minutes. The point is that you thought you knew what you needed, but your teacher knew what was best for you. Granted, teachers make mistakes, but God doesn’t! If your prayer/request is denied by Him, it’s because he has something better planned, even though we can’t realize it right now.
v. Ask: What line in this passage describes what happens when you make your request known to God?
1. The peace of God which surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
- Have someone read 1 Thessalonians 5:15-18.
i. As Paul is wrapping up this letter to the church in Thessalonica, he has a few final instructions.
ii. Ask: How often are you supposed to pray?
1. Without ceasing
- Close-out Activity
- Ask: What are some things you will pray for this week?
- Take your one index card with you everywhere you go this week.
- Whenever you realize something or someone you can pray for, take a moment (right then if possible) and,
i. Write down what the prayer request is, and
ii. Pray right then and there. If it’s a person, even ask if you can pray for them.
- Each night before you go to bed, pray for all the things on that card again.
- By the end of this week your index card(s) should be pretty full.
- Help keep each other accountable by asking if each person has been filling in their cards.
- Ask each family member how you can be praying for them.
- Pray that God would give each person a joyful heart to pray for others and not a burdensome task.
- Pray God would clearly show each of you moments in which you can pray.
- Close in prayer.