The word “friend” covers a lot of ground.
There are friends you meet for lunch, friends you trust with your locker combination, and a few true friends—those people you trust with your life.
God is a true friend. He can be trusted with your life because He created life. And He’s eager to give you an eternal life with Him.
Today we’ll GET INTO the story of David and Jonathan and take a close look at their friendship. After the video, we’ll TALK IT UP and ACT IT OUT, discovering that God doesn’t just show up—He shows up as a true friend!
Now gather everyone, get comfortable, and watch “A Prince of a Friend.”
Today’s video is a shining example of what it is to be a true friend. In the same way Jonathan was a true friend to David, God is a true friend to us. Use these questions to TALK IT UP and dig into what God’s Word tells us about God showing up as not just friendly, but as a true friend.
God shows up as a true friend … but what does that mean? That He’s always helpful? That He’s always on your side? Or is there more to being a true friend than that?
Pick 1 (or more) of these activities and put into action what you learned in TALK IT UP. Find out what it means for God to show up as a true friend to you!
This is an eyes-wide-open prayer that honors Jesus as a true friend.
Explain: When you find a true friend, that’s something to celebrate! Jonathan celebrated David by giving David a robe and pledge of loyalty. What’s something you own that you could give to Jesus to celebrate and honor His true friendship to you?
Draw a picture of something you could give to Jesus that sends this message: You’re a true friend, and I love You. It might be a picture of ballet slippers (“I love dancing, but I love You more”) or the way a person gets online or makes phone calls (“I love staying in touch with friends, and You are at the top of my list!”).
When you’ve completed your sketches, silently and prayerfully fold your papers and drop them into the basket or bag.
Remain silent as everyone finishes. Then pray aloud: “Jesus, You are a true friend, and we love You more than anything or anyone. Thank You for loving us. We pray this in Your name. Amen.”
To have a true friend, you have to be a true friend. Think about your closest friends. Then try doing some of the following things to deepen those friendships. (And here’s a thought: maybe one of your true friendships is with a sibling or other member of your family!)
Who will you reach out to this week?