April 10 | David’s Prayer

Today’s Reading:

Read Psalm 17

Sometimes knowing how to pray in difficult situations is a challenge. What do we ask for? What words do we use to talk to God? We may not feel like we can always find the right words to tell God what we are feeling or thinking.  Psalms 17 gives us a great example of how David talked to God honestly about everything he was facing.   

David opens the Psalm asking God to listen to him, “pay attention to my cry.”  (v.1). He also spends time asking God for forgiveness for any sin in his heart or anything that might separate David from God.  He lets God know that he trusts God to take care of the situation he is facing.  “I call on you, God, because you will answer me.” (v. 6). David is honest with God about what he would like God to do. (verses 13-14). But, ultimately, David ends his prayer letting God know that God’s presence is really what he needs most. 


Talking to God openly and honestly is an important part of our walk with HimGod wants us to present our requests to himSometimes God will answer our prayers the way we want him to, but sometimes he does notJust like David’s prayer, we need to remember that God’s presence in our daily lives is what we need mostThank God for always being with you and never leaving you. Spend time praying honestly and openly about challenges your family is facing right now. 

April Memory Verse:

If you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. One believes with the heart, resulting in righteousness, and one confesses with the mouth, resulting in salvation.

Romans 10:9-10

Using the daily reading prompts from George H. Guthrie’s Read the Bible for Life, here’s how to use this devotional:
  1. Bring your Bible!  Your kids need to see that everything you are reading to them or learning about comes from an actual Bible!
  2. Each day starts with a reading prompt.  Read the selection as a family.  If your kids are readers, encourage them to read along with you.
  3. After you’ve read the passage, read the short devotional thought that goes along with each passage.
  4. Prayer and application are important any time we read God’s word!  After each devotional, there is a challenge to help apply what your family has read that day.
  5. There is a reading for six days of the week.  The last reading of the week is a Gospel Conversation Prompt to help you connect the reading from the week with God’s plan for salvation.

Other Resources:

APril Memory Verse

April memory verse song

April memory verse coloring sheet

April Fill-in the blank activity

April Prayer Calendar