Dig in at Home – 16 February 2020

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15 February, 2020

16 February 2020 - The Lord’s Prayer: Asking

Read: Matthew 6:11; Psalm 121

Here’s what happens…

Jesus teaches us to ask God for what we need. Psalm 121 is an example of this kind of prayer; travelers asked for God’s help as they faced a dangerous journey. The psalmist writes, “My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth!”


Talk About…

• What’s one thing you need help with this week?


Through the Week

Print out a copy of Psalm 121. It’s a traveler’s psalm asking for God’s help. Hang it by your door or in your car, and pray the prayer together whenever you go somewhere this week.


Psalm 121

I look up to the mountains—

does my help come from there?

My help comes from the Lord,

who made heaven and earth!

He will not let you stumble;

the one who watches over you will not slumber.

Indeed, he who watches over Israel

never slumbers or sleeps.

The Lord himself watches over you!

The Lord stands beside you as your protective shade.

The sun will not harm you by day,

nor the moon at night.

The Lord keeps you from all harm

and watches over your life.

The Lord keeps watch over you as you come and

go, both now and forever.



Discuss and Watch “Carl’s Big Adventure”

We’re learning that asking for help is part of prayer.

• Tell about something you need to ask for help with. 

• What could happen if you tried to do that without help?

Sometimes we just need help. Let’s see what happens when our friend Carl didn’t ask for help.

Watch “Carl’s Big Adventure.”

• Why was it such a big deal that Carl didn’t ask for help?

• What did it cost him to try to do things on his own?

• What could it cost us if we try to do things without God’s help?

Silly Carl flew all over the world—which takes a lot of time and money—because he didn’t ask for directions to Bill and Violet’s house. He learned a big lesson about asking for help! We may not end up in Russia or Thailand when we forget to ask God for help, but we could end up doing things the hard way when God wants to help us. That’s why asking for help is part of prayer.


Digging Into Epic Teachings of the Bible. Copyright © Group Publishing, Inc. Permission to reproduce granted for local church use. 


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