Jesus told a parable (story) about answered prayer by using the example of a fish or a snake. What did he mean by this? (Matthew 7:9,10,11)
One day Jesus was teaching His followers and He brought up the subject of prayer and God’s willingness to answer prayer. He had just taught them that His Father would give them a loaf of bread and not a stone if they asked because He is a loving Father.
Ask the children…
What was the next example Jesus used to show how loving earthly parents act toward their children’s requests?
“You parents—if your children … ask for a fish, do you give them a snake? Of course not!’” (Matthew 7:9, 10)
Jesus spoke to the parents who were listening and asked them how they treat their children. Would they answer a reasonable request like providing a fish for a hungry son or daughter or would they cold heartedly give them a snake? Of course they would provide the fish.
How does the heavenly Father answer prayer in comparison to our earthly parents?
“‘If you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask him.’” (Matthew 7:11)
In the same way their heavenly Father who is more loving toward His children than any earthly parent could be, will provide good things to His children when they ask.
Ask your children if they would ask their parents for a fish or a snake for supper? What do they think their parents would provide? Do they think of their heavenly Father is more loving toward them than their parents? Ask your children what they are asking God to provide for them in prayer? Pray with your children over this need and assure them God will answer.
Feel free to share your own stories below in the comments section.
If you like what you read about ways to teach children the Bible, check out the children’s book, Hooked on the Book, on this website. It is great for parents and kids because it provides the Big Story of God’s miraculous plan for His children in all 66 books in the Bible. CHECK OUT A FREE SAMPLE OF CHAPTER ONE BELOW.