Welcome back to week 2 of our Thanksgiving study! I’m so glad you are joining us as we focus our hearts on gratitude these weeks leading up to our Thanksgiving celebration! Last week was powerful as we studied God’s Word together and I’m so excited you have joined us again for round two! Let’s get started!
This morning we read 1 Chronicles 29:10-20. Let me just say that I absolutely LOVE this passage of scripture! Honestly, I think we could focus on these verses for the whole week if need be. What first inspired me about this passage of scripture is how David choose to finish out his life. These are the last words we hear from our loved King David.
Though we know David was far from perfect, what I love about this man is that most of his life, he bled God.
He was crazy about God in his youth as he trusted in Him to defeat Goliath and here we see David, now a King of many years, still crazy about God and praising Him with his last recorded words. Oh friends, how I want my last words to be prayers and praises to God as well.
I think what moved me the most when reading these verses is that David finished well. He started his life out in love with God and he finished his life still in love with God. Seeing someone live their life well, not perfect, but finishing strong for the Lord is something that makes you want to stand up and cheer! He crossed the “finish line” of his life still strong. He ran his race well…and that is inspiring!
A few highlights from King David’s last prayer:
- I LOVE how David points to God as he prays for the remaining generations…what an example for all of us to follow.
- I love his humility…feeling honored that he and his people are ABLE to give generously.
- He reminds the younger generations that EVERYTHING comes from God and belongs to God. Let’s not forget this important truth as we pass our faith down to the next generations.
Tips on praying for those who follow behind us:
No matter if you are a mom, grandma, sister, aunt or friend…we ALL need to be praying for the next generation of Christians who are following in our footsteps. I love the example David sets for us in his last prayer.
- David starts out with praises to God for who He is and how He has provided for His people.
- David prays for the hearts of his people to always be generous, that they will remain loyal to God.
- David prays directly for his son, the future king, that he will have wholehearted devotion to God.
Oh just think of how God could move in the lives of the next generations of Christians if we would start praying like David prayed for the generations who follow!
Week 2: Video Panel Discussion
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What moved you the most when you read David’s prayer today?
How are you recording God’s faithfulness in your life to pass down to future generations? I’d love to hear your ideas!
Week 2: Challenge
There is power in recording God’s faithfulness in our lives and sharing it with others. This week in your gratitude journals, begin recording the different ways God has been faithful to you in your life. Pray for opportunities to share these stories of His faithfulness with those God has already placed in your life. You never know how God could work through the testimony of your story. Let’s be good stewards of the stories He has written with our lives and in our hearts.
Week 2: Reading Plan
Week 2: Memory Verse
Love God Greatly!