Background: When Israel’s first king, Saul, died in batte, God had already selected a king to succeed Saul. The one God had selected was David. King David was known as a man who’s heart yearned for God. Let’s see how David expressed that.
Ask the children…
When David heard about Saul’s death, what did He ask God and how did God respond?
“After this, David asked the Lord, ‘Should I move back to one of the towns of Judah?’ ‘Yes,’ the Lord replied.” (2 Samuel 2:1)
What did David ask God next?
“Then David asked, ‘Which town should I go to?’ ‘To Hebron,” the Lord answered.'” (2 Samuel 2:1)
Before David did anything, he asked God for direction. And when God answered his prayer, David prayed again to ask for even more specific direction. David and God were constantly talking.
We often think we know what our next step in life should be and therefore we don’t talk to God about it. But God wants to be involved in our every decision and wants us to come and talk to Him. He will give us answers just like He did David.
Ask your children what plans they have made without asking God about it? Suggest that you stop and pray about those plans right now before they do anything else. After speaking to God, make sure you stop and listen for the Holy Spirit’s response. It may be a still small voice or an impression you get, so listen hard.
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