As a family, consider how you might use the upcoming Olympic Games to be a fuel for prayer for the nations. Here are a few ideas of what you might be able to do as a family:
- Watch the Opening Ceremonies (on NBC this Friday Evening at 7:30 PM) to help your children see the wide variety of people and cultures that exist in our world. It only happens every few years, so let them stay up late! Maybe even get a globe or a map out (either digitally or a hard copy), and help them see where each country is located. This might even help your own geography skills!
- Read passages of Scripture with them that show God’s heart for the nations (e.g. Genesis 12:3, Psalm 67, Psalm 96, Matthew 28:19, Acts 1:8, 1 John 2:2, Revelation 5:9 and 7:9)–and to try to impress upon them that our heart must be for the nations too.
- Pray for missionaries you know who are working in the countries represented.
- Look at the website for Operation World. Under “Prayer Resources,” they have lists of countries from around the globe and ways that you can pray specifically for them–along with videos that might be useful in engaging your children.
- Pray for the churches in London–that they might seize this opportunity to point tourists and athletes to a treasure greater than Olympic gold.
- When you watch the awards ceremonies throughout the games and hear national anthem after national anthem, discuss with your children what the anthem of heaven is–Revelation 5:11-14 (note: they are celebrating Christ and HIS accomplishments–far more impressive than any athletic achievement)
- Read through passages in the Bible that use athletic imagery and discuss what they mean as you see athletes whose hard work is paying off. (For example, see 1 Corinthians 9:24-27, Hebrews 12:1-2, or 1 Timothy 4:7-10)
- Take the opportunity to discuss practical wisdom related to athletic involvement: humility in victory or defeat, using gifts to the glory of Christ, respect for competitors and officials, the need to guard against idolizing our “heroes” above the true Hero, etc.
We hope these ideas can be helpful to get you to generate good conversation with your kids.