This week we are thinking about the word CHALLENGE!

Every day we face challenges, things we find tricky or hard to do.

The great thing is we always have people around us to help us with these challenges,

one of those special people is, of course Jesus.

 

This song is a really easy one to learn as it’s the same lines repeated again and again! However it’s a beautiful song, all about how when we are facing challenges we are surrounded by God and his love.

Loads of us have been loving the Tik Tok challenges during lock downs, learning the dancers in particular.

Take a look at this compilation of our fantastic NHS workers doing the ‘Oh Na Na Na Challenge.’

Why not give it a go with some of your family at home and then have a think about some challenges you have faced during these challenging times.

How have you overcome them?

So many charities help people overcome challenges each day. Have a look at this video of the work the charity UNICEF do in Madagascar, helping local children.

What challenges have they helped these children over come?

With this week’s theme being challenge, we thought that it was a great idea to set you your own ‘Bible story’ challenge!

Your challenge:

In your search bar, type in the words ‘openbible.info’. This website lets you search loads of different topics and then tells you what the Bible says.

Once you have searched open Bible.info this is what you should see:

Once you have clicked on ‘Topical Bible’ at the top of the screen, you should see this screen, simply type the word ‘challenge’ into the search bar and let the website do the rest!

 

 

You will see loads of different pieces of scripture upload. Take your time reading the pieces of scripture, if you’re really up for a challenge, you could try and work out if they are from the old or the new testament.

Choose your favourite piece of scripture and write it into the comments box along with an explanation as to why its your favourite. 🙂

The 5-Day Prayer Challenge

Day 1 – Headline prayers

Open any newspaper or a magazine and circle a headline. Write a prayer for those people who are effected  by the events that have taken place.  What do the people need? It could be a number of things:

  • Guidance
  • food
  • shelter
  • love
  • support

Day 2 – Sensory prayers

Think back over your day and thank God for something you can see, smell, touch, hear and taste. What is it?

For example, last week I thanked God for the crunching of leaves as I walked in my back garden, I thanked him for the frosty air on my face, I thanked him for the warmth in my house and the sun shining down.

What did you do today and how can you use it to thank the Lord.

 

Day 3 – Lollipop prayers

At the beginning of the day, put a jar of lollipops (or pieces of paper in a jar) on your kitchen island or table. On the lollipops or pieces of paper write down either the name of a person who you think needs your families prayers, or a situation you think needs prayers or even something personal you would like help with and you would like your family to remember in their personal prayers.

Let your family know that they can grab a lollipop or piece of paper any time during the day as a prayer request.

 

Day 4 – Colouring prayer

Most people think praying means closing your eyes and folding your hands. But our hands can be busy creating—words of praise to God, names of God, pictures of those they’re praying for–while their thoughts are busy talking to God

Take sometime today to get create and create a prayer for your family that can be stuck up on the fridge or anywhere you can all enjoy seeing and reading it!

 

Day 5 – Scripture prayers

A Prayer for the Ephesians

Ephesians 3:14-21

14For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

20Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

 

Do you know of anyone who is struggling at the moment and needs to be remonded of God’s love for them.  Offer up a prayer from them today.

Dear God,

I pray that ____ (fill in the blank with the name of the person you’re praying for) would have power to understand how wide and long and high and deep God’s love is.

May _______ know God’s love, that’s so huge it’s beyond understanding.

Amen. 

Celebrate completing your five day prayer challenge with a family walk  as you pray for family and friends.

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