Background: Matthew is the first book in the New Testament and was written by Matthew to carefully document that Jesus is in fact the long awaited Messiah and fulfilled all of the Old Testament prophecies.
Jesus gives His famous ‘Sermon On The Mount’ in this section of Matthew and He concludes something very important about His disciples and God.
Ask the children…
What does Jesus tell His disciples not to do?
“That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear.” (Matthew 6:25)
Why do they not need to worry about these things?
“Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? 27 Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?” (Matthew 6:26, 27)
If God takes care of the birds won’t He take care of you? How simple that this and yet amazing. Our God focuses His attention and resources to love us and to take care of us.
Ask your children what kind of things they worry about? Ask them if God can take care of these things? Do they think God wants to take care of these things? Reread the verses above. Now pray a prayer of confidence in God and declare your freedom from worry. You may have to do this over and over during the day.
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