Use these passages each day as a personal or family devotion to help you follow Jesus as his disciple.
Friday, May 26
Then Jacob made this vow: “If God will indeed be with me and protect me on this journey, and if he will provide me with food and clothing, and if I return safely to my father’s home, then the Lord will certainly be my God. And this memorial pillar I have set up will become a place for worshiping God, and I will present to God a tenth of everything he gives me.” (Genesis 28:20-22)
Why do you think Jacob vowed to give God a tenth of everything God would give him rather than more or less?
Kid Connection: Jacob said he will give a tenth of everything he has to God. This is where we get the act of giving an offering from. What can you as a child give to God?
Prayer: God of abundance, help me share of my abundance with others in need.
Saturday, May 27
Sing to the one who rides across the ancient heavens,
his mighty voice thundering from the sky.
Tell everyone about God’s power.
His majesty shines down on Israel;
his strength is mighty in the heavens.
God is awesome in his sanctuary.
The God of Israel gives power and strength to his people.
Praise be to God! (Psalm 68:33-35)
Do you think God actually “rides across the heavens” or is this more poetic than literal language?
Kid Connection: Think about the verse “The God of Israel gives power and strength to his people.” What power and strength do you get from God? Give God thanks for that!
Prayer: God of the universe, help me see your awesome power at work in the beauty of the creation.
Sunday, May 28
After this, Jesus crossed over to the far side of the Sea of Galilee, also known as the Sea of Tiberias. A huge crowd kept following him wherever he went, because they saw his miraculous signs as he healed the sick. Then Jesus climbed a hill and sat down with his disciples around him. (It was nearly time for the Jewish Passover celebration.) Jesus soon saw a huge crowd of people coming to look for him. Turning to Philip, he asked, “Where can we buy bread to feed all these people?” He was testing Philip, for he already knew what he was going to do. Philip replied, “Even if we worked for months, we wouldn’t have enough money to feed them!” (John 6:1-7)
Why do you think Jesus wanted to test Philip?
Kid Connection: Jesus asked Philip where they were going to buy all the bread to feed the people? Jesus already knew the answer. Why do you think he asked Philip that question?
Prayer: Lord Jesus, build my character in times of trial and testing.
Monday, May 29
Then Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, spoke up. “There’s a young boy here with five barley loaves and two fish. But what good is that with this huge crowd?” ”Tell everyone to sit down,” Jesus said. So they all sat down on the grassy slopes. (The men alone numbered about 5,000.) Then Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks to God, and distributed them to the people. Afterward he did the same with the fish. And they all ate as much as they wanted. After everyone was full, Jesus told his disciples, “Now gather the leftovers, so that nothing is wasted.” So they picked up the pieces and filled twelve baskets with scraps left by the people who had eaten from the five barley loaves. (John 6:8-13)
Do you think Philip’s skeptical attitude was also rubbing off on Andrew?
Kid Connection: Jesus performed a miracle with the five loaves and two fish. Even after everyone was fed, there were leftovers. Give thanks to God that you have enough food and pray for people who may not have any.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, help me form my own opinion on situations.
Tuesday, May 30
Now among those who went up to worship at the feast were some Greeks. So these came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and asked him, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.” Philip went and told Andrew; Andrew and Philip went and told Jesus. (John 12:20-22)
Why do you think Philip went and told Andrew first, rather than directly going to Jesus?
Kid Connection: Why do you think Philip told Andrew and they both went to tell Jesus? Do you ever want someone to go with you to talk to a teacher or a parent? What support does having a friend with you have?
Prayer: Lord Jesus, give me the confidence to go directly to someone with my concerns, rather than getting others involved.
Wednesday, May 31
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.” Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.” Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? (John 14:6-9)
How do you think Philip felt when Jesus was a bit critical of his question?
Kid Connection: Jesus has shown that he is Lord to Philip? What do you think Philip still has questions?
Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank you that through your words and actions, I can see God’s heart and desires.
Thursday, June 1
The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, “Follow me.” Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found him of whom Moses in the Law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.” (John 1:43-45)
What was it about Philip that encouraged Jesus to actually go and find Philip?
Kid Connection: Jesus saw something special in Philip, that is why Philip was chosen to be a disciple. What qualities do you think Philip had that made Jesus find him? What qualities do you have that make God happy?
Prayer: Lord Jesus, if the Spirit brings someone to my mind, help me to find the time to seek them out.
Friday, June 2
Come, let us sing to the Lord!
Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation.
Let us come to him with thanksgiving.
Let us sing psalms of praise to him.
For the Lord is a great God,
a great King above all gods.
He holds in his hands the depths of the earth
and the mightiest mountains. (Psalm 95:1-4)
When was the last time you sang or shouted joyfully to the Lord?
Kid Connection: When you sing and give thanks joyfully to the Lord, it makes his heart happy. God I thank you for …
Prayer: Great God, these are some of the things I want to give you thanks for ….
Saturday, June 3
The sea belongs to him, for he made it.
His hands formed the dry land, too.
Come, let us worship and bow down.
Let us kneel before the Lord our maker,
for he is our God.
We are the people he watches over,
the flock under his care. (Psalm 95:5-7)
Have you ever bowed or kneeled in worship?
Kid Connection: There are many ways to pray or worship God. No way is right or wrong. How do
Prayer: God my maker, keep me under your care this day.