This one year study thru the Bible for kids is designed to hit the highlights and provide practical application. I encourage you to read the whole section of scripture (Job 35) while we focus in on just a few verses.
Background: The book of Job tells the story of a faithful man who feared God. One day Satan (the acccuser) came to God making accusations against God’s people. God suggested that Satan take a look at His faithful servant Job. Satan told God that the only reason that Job was faithful was because God was blessing him. God therefore gave Satan permission to test Job. And Satan did; he destroyed Job’s crops, livestock, servants, houses and even killed Job’s children and finally Satan destroyed Job’s health. Job’s final young friend, Elihu, continues to question Job. He encourages Job to wait for God’s answer.
Ask the children…
Does God always listen to our prayers?
“But it is wrong to say God doesn’t listen,
to say the Almighty isn’t concerned.” (Job 35:13)
Because we cannot immediately see God respond, does that mean He isn’t listening to our prayers or won’t answer?
“You say you can’t see him,
but he will bring justice if you will only wait..” (James 35:14)
Sometimes it feels as though God is not listening to our prayers. Nothing seems to change and we grow impatient with God and want to give up on praying. But God is not like that. He listens to every prayer and answers, it just isn’t always the way we expect it or in our time frame.
The other day I was driving to the airport and asked God to show me He was listening by giving me a sign. When I went to find my seat on the plane, a woman was sitting there with one of my favorite Christian books on her lap. God opened the door to an amazing conversation for the next hour. He definitely heard my prayer and answered.
Ask your children if they get tired of praying when it appears God isn’t answering? Discuss some of the prayers God has answered in the past. Thank God for those answers and pray with your children for the faith to believe that God answers every prayer and to keep on praying.
Feel free to share your own stories below in the comments section.
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