This article is adapted from the book 77 Ways to Pray with Your Kids.
The Bible records hundreds of questions that Jesus posed to his listeners, questions that continue to call for a response from his followers even today.
Use the questions of Jesus as a launching point for prayer and reflection with older children and teens, following Lectio Divina. Here are a few questions to consider:
► “Can any of you by worrying, add a single moment to your life?” (Matthew 6:27; Luke 12:26)
► “Why are you terrified?” (Matthew 8:26)
► “Do you believe I can do this?” (Matthew 9:28)
► “Why did you doubt?” (Matthew 14:31)
► “Who do people say that I am? But who do you say I am?” (Matthew 16:13; Mark 8:27; Luke 9:18)
► “What do you want me to do for you?” (Matthew 20:32; Mark 10:36, 51; Luke 18:41)
► “Are your hearts hardened? Do you have eyes and still not see? Ears and not hear?” (Mark 8:17-18)
► “What are you thinking in your hearts?” (Luke 5:22)
► “Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord’ and not do what I command?” (Luke 6:46)
► “What is your name?” (Luke 8:30)
► “Why are you troubled? Why do questions arise in your hearts?” (Luke 24:38)
► “What are you looking for?” (John 1:38)
► “Do you want to be well?” (John 5:6)
► “Do you realize what I have done for you?” (John 13:12)
► “Do you love me?” (John 21:16)
► “Why do you persecute me?” (Acts 9:4)
► Seven Questions Jesus Asked (PDF): An 11-page reflection on the question, “What do you want me to do for you?” This provides a good template for reflecting on the questions of Jesus. It is part of a larger retreat based on seven key questions of Jesus.
► Questions Jesus Asks Study Guide (PDF): This 9-page study guide features forty-two questions that Jesus asked; the guide is part of a six-week retreat in which participants reflect on one question of Jesus each day. The guide lists the questions with writing space for a response to each one. Produced by LaSierra University Church, a Seventh Day Adventist organization.
From the publisher: So many teens wrestle with living out the teachings of Christ. In Living the Questions Jesus Asks [Amazon], John M. Vitek urges teens to pray, study, and live their lives as faith-filled answers to the questions Jesus asks, such as “Who do you say that I am?” and “What do you want me to do for you?” This collection of reflections is a practical, inspiring road map for teens seeking a deeper understanding of their faith, struggling to practice the teachings of Jesus, or wondering about their belief in or desire to know Christ. Living the Questions Jesus Asks contains 26 chapters, one for each of Jesus’ questions. Each chapter includes five sections that help teens reflect on the questions and put them into practice in daily life:
- Jesus asks you.
- Search your mind.
- Hear your tradition.
- Commit your spirit.
- Pray your heart.