Weekly Devotion, 1/9/2023

Passage for this week: Haggai 2:1-9
Resource: Pray The Word Podcast by David Platt

How to use this resource: The questions below should be read after you and your family have spent time listening to the resource, and after you have had time to read through the passage carefully and slowly. Following your family time discussion (using the questions below, or your own questions regarding this text), close in prayer and ask your students how you can be praying for them and let them know how they can be praying for you as parents.

Family Devotional Question For This Week:

1.     What stands out to you the most from reading this passage? What did you learn that is new to you from this passage? What did you learn that caused you to remember something you’ve known, or what has been reinforced from reading this passage?

2.How is this passage showing us (or calling us) to understand that we can do nothing for God in our own strength unless the Lord equips us?
(Potential answers: Read John 15 to see the point that Jesus makes about nothing being possible. Find and talk about connections that are seen from Haggai 2 and from Philippians 4:13.) 

3.From Philippians 4:13, what are some things that we are to ask God for strength to do?
(Potential answers: Think about even in your daily tasks, the strength required for those things and the physical or mental fortitude not just to do them, but to be stewards and ambassadors for Christ in how we do them. whether you work around many people or whether you are a parent, think about the strength that those roles require of you and spend focused time in God’s Word. He gives us strength to do them and wants us to be reminded of that every day by spending time in prayer and in the Word to be strengthened for the tasks at hand.) 

Prayer Prompts For This Week: 

 – Pray that we would be diligent in spending time in God’s Word this week to be strengthened for whatever we are facing.
 – Pray that God’s sovereign control over every situation and circumstance would be evident to us as a realization that we remember from Haggai 2:4 and from the presence and revelation of Jesus Christ that God is with us! 
 – Continue to pray for one another and write down or remember the requests of each person. Either have one person pray over each request, or delegate those prayer requests so that each person prays for something or someone specific.