It’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking that if family devotions aren’t fun or attention grabbing then we don’t have a chance at engaging kids who have grown up in such a fast-paced culture. The truth is, we often over complicate things more than we need to. While working as houseparents at a children’s home, one of our job requirements was to lead our household in nightly family devotions. We are so glad that this forced us into a routine that otherwise could have easily been overlooked in our busy lives.
We simply took 10-15 minutes at the end of each day to review a passage of Scripture as a family. As parents, we took turns staring a discussion about how a particular Biblical passage applied to life in today’s culture and closed with a family prayer. In all honesty, sometimes the kid’ eyes glazed over as their thoughts obviously wandered from the topic at hand. But, more often, this intentional time led to great discussions as we shared our hearts and poured over God’s truths together.
Now that two of our children are teenagers, we recently assigned them a night each week to lead the family devotion. The results have been far better than we expected. It has ensured that our kids must spend time digging in the word in order to be prepared to lead discussion. As parents, we’re getting a window into their struggles and beliefs. They are growing in confidence as they practice sharing their faith and finding evidence in God’s word to support their beliefs.
Before your kids are old enough to contribute to a discussion, it’s easy to begin this routine with a story from a children’s Bible before bedtime. We’ve especially enjoyed The Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones.
If you’re a Christian, challenge yourself to carve out at least 2 days this week to lead your family in Bible study. Our years as the main influence in our children’s lives pass by so quickly.We can’t rely on our youth pastors or Sunday School teachers to prepare our children for life in a secular culture. The responsibility lies with us. Let’s make time for what truly matters most.
These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Deuteronomy 6:6-7