Gathering Prayer: (Do this prayer repeat-after-me style)
Dear Jesus, we thank you for time to feed our faith as a family, and time to learn about how you were tempted. Help our time to be holy time. In your name we pray, Amen.
Bible Story: Luke 4:1-13
This week’s story is about Jesus being tempted by the devil during his 40 days in the wilderness. You can read about it in your family’s Bible, or you can follow the link to an easy to read version here:
Discuss as a family: Have you ever been tempted to do something that you knew was wrong? What tempts you? How can you help each other resist temptation? How can your faith help you to resist temptation? What can you learn from this story about Jesus?
Activity: Do Not Put the Lord Your God to the Test!
This week’s activity is super simple. In fact, my daughters were disappointed in me when they first found out what I wanted to do. However, once we got started, they didn’t want to stop! Try it with your own family; I hope they have as much fun as mine did!
Find a high place in your home that you would be afraid if your children jumped off of by themselves. At our house, this is the top platform of our jungle gym, but it could just as easily be your steps or even a chair. They stand at the top and yell, like Jesus, “Do not put the Lord your God to the test!” Then, they jump off with you holding on to them. Deposit them safely on the ground, and then do it again. The length of this activity is limited, I suppose, only by your arm strength and willingness to participate.
Here is a pic of their “mean” faces, telling the devil off:
After several rounds of this, my youngest started saying the other things that Jesus said to the devil, like “Worship only God!” and “Not bread alone!” It turned into a good, fun way to internalize the story for ourselves. I hope you have fun, too!
Song: Shut De Do
When I asked my husband for a good song about the devil, this was the one he reminded me of. We had a great time singing the chorus together with our kids the whole week. You can find the video here:
The lyrics are in the comments. Enjoy!
Thanks for your commitment to faithfully feed your family’s faith! I hope that this time was holy time for you.
Closing Prayer: (Can be a repeat after me prayer if you have non-readers in your family)
Thank you, God, for this holy time together to feed our faith as a family. Bless us as we remember that we belong to you, no matter what. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.