Lent is the season of preparation for Easter. It begins on Ash Wednesday and lasts through Holy Saturday (the day before Easter). Traditionally, Christians have observed Lent by fasting, repenting, and giving. We can invite our children to join us as we observe this season, as we prepare our hearts and our lives for Easter.
Thanks to Kimberlee Conway Ireton for her plan that I used to develop these Kid’s Devotions.http://www.stchristophers-mn.org/storage/files/family-devotions-for-lent.pdf
As the Day of Easter begins to approach, we remember that Jesus spent 40 days in the wilderness and resisted the tempations that the devil put before Him.
Ask the children…
What temptation did the devil give to Jesus? How did Jesus resist this temptation?
“During that time the devil[a]came and said to him, ‘If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become loaves of bread.’4 But Jesus told him, ‘No! The Scriptures say, ‘People do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’’” (Matthew 4:3, 4)
Jesus must have been very hungry and weak during that lengthy wilderness fast. The devil came during a time of weakness to tempt Jesus. Isn’t that the way he always does it? He tempts us when we are down. The real question wasn’t if Jesus had the power to make bread out of stones, the real question was if this was God’s will for Him. Jesus quoted God’s words back to Satan to confirm God’s desire for Him to resist the devil and to rely on His Father’s words for His strength.
Ask your children where the devil is tempting them during this Lenten season? Ask them whether they are giving in or resisting? If they are giving in, ask them how they can better resist? Discuss this and come to a plan of action. If they are resisting, what is allowing them to be victorious? Share your own tempations and plans for victory. Pray together and ask God for the strength to resist even while in the wilderness. Draw on the Holy Spirit’s power together. At the end of the day, talk about what happened in the battle against temptation.
Feel free to share your own stories below in the comments section.
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