Think About It!
In every season of our lives, we look forward to events. Concerts, tournaments, games, parties, weddings, births, you name it –– it often seems like we spend our lives moving from one season of anticipation to the next. Most events have the potential to become defining points in our lives. Anytime something out of the ordinary happens, we have opportunities to choose, sometimes in insignificant ways and sometimes between right and wrong. For the prophet Elijah, big events in his life were a platform for God to show up big time…and they are for us too!
Talk About It!
1. You have to choose.
1 Kings 18:20-24
- Have you ever had to make a hard decision? The children of Israel had a decision to make: Who was the real God, the God of the Bible or Baal? They had all the information they needed to make their decision. They had all heard the stories of God’s faithfulness to Israel in the past. No one could make the decision for them.
- Have you ever had to stand up for what you believe in? Standing up for what we believe can be really hard, especially if it means we have to stand up to our friends. It was hard for the people in this story. Even though it was hard, Elijah was brave enough to believe in God and stand up when no one else would stand with him.
- What kind of hard decisions are you trying to make right now? The older we get, the more decisions we have to make. When we’re making hard decisions, God wants to be right there with us, helping us. Whatever decisions you’re trying to make right now, ask him to help you do what is right.
2. Make the necessary preparations.
1 Kings 18:25-40
- Have you ever seen God do something amazing? We talk about miracles a lot. (That’s when God does something out of the ordinary!) We say we want God to do amazing things in our day, but we don’t want to do anything. Usually, we don’t even take the time to ask him what he wants to do! (Parents, spend time in prayer together. Ask God what he wants to do and what he wants you to do. Then wait together for a few minutes. Ask your kids if they heard anything from the Lord.)
- Is there anything that you feel like God is asking you to do right now? God asked Elijah to do really hard things, and he listened and obeyed. He didn’t just do what everyone else was doing. In fact, he didn’t have anyone to tell him he was doing the right thing, except God. That’s one of the reasons it’s so important to listen for God’s voice. Sometimes, it’s the only voice that’s speaking the truth.
- What is the hardest part of what God is asking you to do? It’s really cool when God speaks to us or gives us ideas. But sometimes, actually doing them can be kind of hard. That’s okay! God wants to help you, and one of the ways he often does that is by giving you a family and friends and teachers who want to help you. How can your family help you to do what God is asking you to do?
3. God fulfills His promises.
1 Kings 18:41-46
- What is “faith?” “Faith” is when we believe in who God is and what he can do. Elijah had faith that the Lord could bring rain. So he asked God to do that and believed in it before it ever happened. “Faith” is seeing what is going to happen and acting as if it’s already happened.
- What does “faith” have to do with prayer? When we believe in who God is and what he can do, we pray differently. We pray big prayers because we have faith in a big God. Faith is more than just a big idea, though. Faith is also praying consistently. Elijah prayed for a long time before the rain came, and that takes faith!
- What big prayers are you going to pray? When we talk about “big prayer,” we’re not talking about telling God about all the big things we want. “Big prayers” are the kind of prayers that change the world, the kind of things only God could do. Elijah was a guy who prayed big prayers, but here’s the good news: he was just a normal person like you and me! God can do all kinds of things with a normal person who prays big prayers to a big God.
Optional Follow-up Questions:
- What makes you say that?
- What makes you say that?
- How does that make you feel?
- How would you explain this to someone who doesn’t know Jesus?
- Why do you think God did it that way?
- Why should we do the things that God tells us?