Passage for this week: 2 Corinthians 7:10; Psalm 51
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 kids 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 Godly grief different from Worldly grief, from this passage and from the resource you listened to?
(Potential answers: David very clearly mentioned how wordy grief can look like feeling sorry, but not for the action committed or the offense against God. worldly grief can be understood as feeling sorry for being caught and having the sin revealed to you. worldly grief isn’t a grief that understands the egregious nature of sin against a Holy God, or the payment that Christ endured on our behalf because of our sin. worldly grief is a failure to reach the sorrowful realization that the Holy God of the universe and creator of all! Godly grief over sin, as David (Platt) described from David’s sin with Bathsheba, must lead to action and repentance in its difference from worldly grief – a crying out to God for mercy and renouncing the actions that have just been committed!)
3.What can I do if I don’t feel godly grief over my sin?
(Potential answers: James 4:8-9 begins in a helpful way when we come to understand standing before a Holy God that we are called to be Holy and image-bearers and representations of His Son to a lost world by stating that we are to draw near to God so that He may draw near to us. If we realize the lengths that Jesus Christ went to in order to save us and the perfect knowledge that He has about us (yet, he STILL went to the cross to save us from our wretchedness!), we should then ask God for a greater awareness of His love and what He endured on our behalf and in our place. realizing the fullness of what Christ endured for you and for me reveals the extent of God’s love for us. knowing that He still offered himself up for us in our place even while we were still enemies of God multiplies this realization of God’s goodness and mercy over our depravity. Seeing the extent of this love God has shown you and asking for a greater mortification and hatred of the sin that crucified Christ is to be our constant aim and prayer request!)
Prayer Prompts For This Week:
– Pray that God would give us this week His realization of what our sin has done to our standing with God and that Jesus alone is the only reconciler of God and Man.
– Pray for God to grieve us over our sin. Call out what those sins in our lives are and seek forgiveness from the Lord, for His love and mercy endures forever!
– 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.