August 14, 2022

We are starting a new unit about King Solomon this week. The question for this unit is, “What is Mercy?” We will see that “mercy is when God does not give us the punishment that we deserve. Our memory verse for this unit is Exodus 34:6-7, The LORD—the LORD is a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger and abounding in faithful love and truth, maintaining faithful love to a thousand generations, forgiving iniquity, rebellion, and sin.Try memorizing the verse as a family. (Preschoolers will use bolded verse.)

What exactly do you pray for your children and the next generation? What is it that you ask God to do? In 1 Kings 2:1-4, we see an incredible example of how to pray for the next generation. Whether your own children, the children you are investing in at church, or others that you influence, consider David’s desire. David’s hope for his son demonstrates what we ought to hope and pray for the next generation.

This week, we are looking at the story of Solomon asking God for wisdom in 1 Kings 2-3. I wonder if Solomon asked for wisdom because of the way that David had prayed for Solomon. Let us not forget the importance of praying for our children as they grow in their relationship with Jesus and navigate the world we live in.

If you want to learn more as a family, try the Family Discussion Guide for questions and activities for families to do together.