Deepening Your Friendship With God

Deepening Your Friendship With God – Bible Lesson. Teen Bible Lesson.

God is our Creator, Savior, and King. But He also wants to be our friend. If you’re using this post in a Bible class or a Bible study, you have my permission to print it as is. All Scripture references are taken from the New International Version.

1. A best friend is someone we talk to (communicate with) a lot.

Psalm 55:16, 17As for me, I call to God,and the Lord saves me. Evening, morning and noon I cry out in distress,and he hears my voice.”

1 Thessalonians 5:16 – 18Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

  • Circle the words or phrases that indicate when you can talk to God.
  • List some times during your day when you can talk to God.

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2. Sometimes best friends need time together with no one else around.

Matthew 6:6But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”

  • Underline anything that indicates we need to spend time with God alone and uninterrupted.
  • List two places where you could get alone with God.

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  • List some things you would like to talk with God about alone.

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3. We can be ourselves around a best friend.

Matthew 6:7, 8And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.”

  • Why do you think we can be ourselves around God and not have to pretend to be people we’re not?

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4. A best friend listens to our problems and help us not to worry.

Philippians 4:6, 7Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

  • Put a check mark next to the words that tell you nothing is too big or small to tell God about.
  • Draw a gift-wrapped package around the word that tells you what God gives us when we tell Him about our problems.

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5. A best friend helps us with our problems.

Psalm 34:17, 18The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them;he delivers them from all their troubles.The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”

  • Put a squiggly line beneath the words that tell you what the Lord will do for the righteous who cry out to Him.
  • Write down one problem for which you want God’s help. (It’s okay to write it in code or symbols so only you know what it is.)

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Scripture Meditation: A Beginner’s Guide

Scripture Meditation: A Beginner’s Guide – Bible Lesson. Teen Bible Lesson.

When we hear the word “meditation”, the first thing that often comes to mind is a guru or a lonely shrine in the mountains of Tibet. The Bible, however, talks about a different kind of meditation – meditating on God’s Word. It is simply a way to be quiet and listen to God. You might describe it as praying, thinking, and listening all rolled into one Meditation helps us to stop, place ourselves before God, and let Him work in our lives.

Step 1: Find a quiet place.

Try to find a place that is free from distractions as possible. Get comfortable and quiet in your thoughts.

Step 2: Ask God to speak to you from His Word.

Read a short passage of Scripture (the Psalms are ideal). Don’t read as if you would a school book or a business report, studying just to get the facts. Instead, read it as you would a good story or a communication from your best friend. Put yourself in the passage. Here’s an example. Read Psalm 42 . . .

As the deer pants for streams of water,
    so my soul pants for you, my God.
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
    When can I go and meet with God?
My tears have been my food
    day and night,
while people say to me all day long,
    “Where is your God?”
These things I remember
    as I pour out my soul:
how I used to go to the house of God
    under the protection of the Mighty One
with shouts of joy and praise
    among the festive throng.

Why, my soul, are you downcast?
    Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God,
    for I will yet praise him,
    my Savior and my God.

My soul is downcast within me;
    therefore I will remember you
from the land of the Jordan,
    the heights of Hermon—from Mount Mizar.
Deep calls to deep
    in the roar of your waterfalls;
all your waves and breakers
    have swept over me.

By day the Lord directs his love,
    at night his song is with me—
    a prayer to the God of my life.

I say to God my Rock,
    “Why have you forgotten me?
Why must I go about mourning,
    oppressed by the enemy?”
10 My bones suffer mortal agony
    as my foes taunt me,
saying to me all day long,
    “Where is your God?”

11 Why, my soul, are you downcast?
    Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God,
    for I will yet praise him,
    my Savior and my God.

  • What pictures do the words bring to mind?
  • Do you ever feel the way the psalmist felt?
  • What does this psalm tell you about what God is like?

Sometimes our prayer are like handing a grocery list of requests to God. Rarely do we wait for His answers.

Step 3: Listen.

So now that you’re quiet, now that you’ve experienced God’s presence in His Word, open yourself to listening. Try to listen not only with your mind, but also with your heart. Ask yourself what God wants to say to you in the Scripture you just read. Don’t forget that God also wants to help you with everyday things in your life – relationships at work, getting along with family, pressures at school, etc.

Step 4: Thank God.

Don’t forget to show your appreciation to God. Thank Him for speaking to you through His Word.

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Meditation isn’t so weird after all. It just takes a little discipline. Once you get the hang of it, you can meditate anytime and anywhere. And that’s what it’s all about – drawing close to God so you know He’s with you every moment.

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Life In The “Fast” Lane

(Life in the “fast” lane.) Bible Lesson. Teen Bible Lesson.

There are times when it can be spiritually uplifting to go without food for a period of time and to devote ourselves to prayer. Giving up our right to eat to seek God about some specific request is a privilege of the Christian life. It was never a command.

(For a related article/question on this blog about fasting, you can click here.)

In this activity, study each of the following Scripture passages. Then answer the same three questions for each passage.

Ezra 8:21 – 23

Who fasted?

Why did they fast?

What were the benefits?

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2 Chronicles 20:1 -4, 23

Who fasted?

Why did they fast?

What were the benefits?

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Luke 4:1 – 4

Who fasted?

Why did they fast?

What were the benefits?

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Matthew 6:16 – 18

Who fasted?

Why did they fast?

What were the benefits?

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Acts 13:1 – 3

Who fasted?

Why did they fast?

What were the benefits?

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Acts 9:3 – 9, 17 – 19

Who fasted?

Why did they fast?

What were the benefits?

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