Jesus told a parable (story) about answered prayer by using the example of a loaf of bread and a stone. What did he mean by this? (Matthew 7:9)
One day Jesus was teaching His followers and He brought up the subject of prayer and God’s willingness to answer prayer.
Ask the children…
How did Jesus compare His heavenly Father to earthly parents?
“‘You parents—if your children ask for a loaf of bread, do you give them a stone instead?’” (Matthew 7:9)
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 load of bread for a hungry son or daughter or would they cold heartedly give them a stone? Of course they would provide the loaf of bread.
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 think of their heavenly Father is loving toward them like their parents? Encourage them by reminding them that God gave His only Son to die for them to meet their greatest need, forgiveness and new life. Ask them if there is any prayer they have been afraid to ask God for? If so, ask them why. Assure them God wants to answer every prayer for their genuine needs. Pray with your children over this need and assure them God will answer.
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