“May You Pray – And Say God’s Praise”

First, Seek Him!

When God answers your prayers, do you intentionally pause to thank Him? Sometimes we pray but then forget to thank God for all He has done. Let’s be encouraged to do what we tell our kids to do: “Say Thank You!” God loves to hear our praise!

then, Speak Him!

Share some of the stories of what God has done in your life, then encourage those entrusted to you to share their answers to prayer. Talk with one another about all the good God moments in your lives! “May You Pray – and Say God’s Praise!” focussing on thanking Him for all His blessings.

*** Lesson and verse images to print, download and share are available at the end of this lesson.***

Word

What Does The Bible Say?

This Week’s Memory Verse:  

Psalm 9:1 – “I will praise you, LORD, with all my heart; I will tell of all the marvelous things you have done.” (NLT)

This Week’s Verse for Preschool Families:  Psalm 9:1 “I will praise you, LORD, with all my heart…

Whispers

What Truth is God Speaking to Us?

“I hear and answer prayers, and, when I do that for you, I want you to remember to praise Me and tell others about all that I have done in your life!” ~ God (Stop and think about this!)

Wisdom

What Truth is God Speaking to Us Through His Word?

Lord, when You answer our prayers, does it matter how we respond? Give us wisdom as we pray, so that we know how to wait and watch with anticipation and then worship You when You answer the cries of our hearts. Amen!

Welcome

What Can We Learn About This Truth?

God wants us to anticipate what He’s going to do in our lives, then, when He answers our prayers, He wants us to praise Him! To praise is to say “thank you” to someone in front of others. God has done so much for us; praise is something we can do for Him!

Weavings

What Else Does the Bible Say About This?

Have you ever had a really, really REALLY big prayer request that God answered? You know, the kind of answer to prayer that filled your heart with so much joy and happiness? This is the kind of prayer that a woman in the Bible named Hannah experienced. She prayed continually to God about something very difficult in her life, and, when God answered her prayer, she thanked Him in extraordinary ways. (Her story is found in 1st Samuel 1-2)

Hannah desperately wanted a baby. Hannah prayed and prayed and prayed about this. She prayed so much the priest named Eli thought she was crazy, but she told him: “I am a woman with a broken heart…I’ve been pouring out my heart before the Lord…I’ve been praying from the depth of my anguish…” (1 Samuel 1:15-16 CSB).

“Anguish” means what makes your heart hurt, and Hannah had learned to pray persistently  when her life was not okay. She cried out to God about her anguish, and Eli blessed her, “Go in peace, and may the God of Israel grant the request you’ve made of Him” (1 Samuel 1:17 CSB).

So Hannah went on her way, no longer sad and discouraged. She believed God heard her prayers and began to anticipate His answer. Guess what happened? God gave Hannah a baby boy! “She named him Samuel, because she said, ‘I requested him from the LORD’” (1 Samuel 1:20 HCSB). This baby was Hannah’s specific answer to prayer, and she was filled with so much joy because she knew God listened to the cries of her heart.

Hannah didn’t just get what she wanted and forget to thank God, though! She fulfilled her promise, saying to Eli:  “I am the woman who stood here beside you praying to the Lord. I prayed for this boy, and since the Lord gave me what I asked Him for, I now give the boy to the LORD” (1 Samuel 1:26-28 HCSB).

Hannah praised God by dedicating her precious son Samuel to Him. Then she praised God, singing: “My heart rejoices in the Lord…I rejoice in Your salvation. There is no one holy like the LORD. There is no one besides You!” (1 Samuel 2:1-2 HCSB).

Hannah was so grateful for God’s answers to her prayers, and she set a wonderful example of our theme: “May You Pray – and Say God’s Praise!”

Walking

How Can We Live Out This Truth?

When Hannah’s son Samuel grew up, he had a friend named King David. Like Samuel’s momma, King David knew how to praise God! He wrote: “…I will tell of all the marvelous things you have done” (Psalm 9:1). (Recognize that verse?) “I will tell” is how you share your Jesus story! God is at work in our lives! He is answering prayer, and when He does something in our lives, we should tell about His amazing work!

The Bible says, “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done” (Philippians 4:6 NLT). In prayer, we can tell God what we need; in praise, we can tell others what He has done – – – – and God wants us to both praise and pray!

Praise is our way of saying “thank You” to God. As you “Seek Him” in prayer, then you can “Speak Him” in praise. Sharing your Jesus story of praise can give others hope and confidence to pray, too!

So, how has God answered your prayers? Let’s walk down memory lane and praise God for ways He has answered our prayers in the past! Let’s brag about His “wondrous works”! This is how we praise Him – by remembering and telling about all the good things He has done.   

This is a great time for you to fill in any answers to prayer on your prayer request sheet; it’s also a great time to revisit the themes of continuing to pray three times a day and waiting on God when life’s not okay.

For Preschool Families: Look for ways that God is answering your prayers! He provides the warm sunshine while we’re playing outside, He keeps us safe when we’re in our car, He gives us the food we eat, etc. (Giving practical examples is so great for our little ones. Add these praises to your prayer sheet, just as you added names of people to pray for.)

Wonders

What Questions Do We Have About This?

What about Hannah’s life was not okay? (she didn’t have a baby)
What did she do?
How did Hannah respond to God’s answer to her prayer?
(she fulfilled her promises to Him; she gave Samuel back to God when he was old enough; she praised God!)
What are we to do while we wait for answers to prayer?
(thank God for all He has already done!)
When you “seek Him” in prayer, how can you “speak Him” to others? How can you praise and pray today?

Questions for Preschool Families:
What was Hannah sad about? (she wanted a baby!)
What did she do about her sadness? (she prayed!)
What did Hannah do when God answered her prayers?
What should we do when God answers our prayers? (praise and thank Him!)

 

Worship

How Shall We Respond To The Lord In This Truth?

Worship through Prayer Lord God, Your Word says, Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful” (Colossians 4:2 NIV). Help us to do this! Help us to never quit praying, but always be watchful and grateful for Your answers. We bring our requests to You, and we thank You for what You have already done. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Worship through Praise:
“A Mother’s Prayer” (Hannah’s Song) – by Rachel Aldous (this song perfectly coincides with our Family Disciple Me blessing)

 “Desert Song” by Hillsong Worship (the psalm read before this song perfectly fits this lesson)

A Family Blessing

A Blessing to speak over your children…

“Hannah’s son Samuel grew up to be a pray-er just like his momma. He wrote, “As for me, I vow that I will not sin against the Lord by ceasing to pray for you. I will teach you the good and right way” (1 Samuel 12:23 CSB). I promise that I’m always going to pray for you, too. May you “Be sure to fear the Lord and faithfully serve him,” and “Think of all the wonderful things he has done” (I Samuel 12:24 NLT). God has definitely done great things in and for you! “May You Pray – and say God’s praise” all the days of your life. Amen!”

“Hannah’s son Samuel grew up to be a pray-er just like his momma. He wrote, “As for me, I vow that I will not sin against the Lord by ceasing to pray for you. I will teach you the good and right way” (1 Samuel 12:23 CSB). I promise that I’m always going to pray for you, too. May you “Be sure to fear the Lord and faithfully serve him,” and “Think of all the wonderful things he has done” (I Samuel 12:24 NLT). God has definitely done great things in and for you! “May You Pray – and say God’s praise” all the days of your life. Amen!”

(For your convenience, we are providing a PDF download version of the lesson.  This will save to your downloads on your device, or your folder of choice on your computer.)

Enjoy our custom graphics designed for this lesson. Click to download, or right click and select “save as”.

⇓  ⇓  ⇓  ⇓

Color Pinterest

Color Square

Black & White Square

Mobile Wallpaper

© Copyright 2019 by Tosha Williams, Mommy Disciple Me

Join Our Online Communities

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This

Bring FDM home to others!