How to Have Family Devotionals
Read the Bible together– Go through a few verses or a chapter. Whatever works for your family. It doesn’t have to be a prepared Bible lesson. God’s Word is powerful! Just read it together and listen to it.
Talk about it- Ask some questions to help spark a discussion. (Helpful Hint- Pick just a few of these questions that are appropriate for your kids. If they are struggling, help them out.)
Who are the main character(s)?
What happens in the passage? Can you summarize it?
Any questions? What are you curious about?
What happened before or after this passage?
Which words, phrases, or themes seem important to you?
What did this mean to people back then? What does this mean for us now?
Does this remind you of any other passages of Scripture?
Are there examples to follow or avoid (things to do or not do)?
Is there a promise to celebrate?
Is there a sin to avoid?
What does it say about God?
What does it say about people?
What does it say about me?
Do I need to confess something to God?
Do I need to thank God for something?
What do I need to tell someone or do for someone because of this passage?
Helpful Hint- Bring in what the Lord has been teaching you as much as possible! It’s important for your kids to see that you are constantly growing closer to the Lord as well. And don’t be afraid to confess your sin (when appropriate) to your children. It will help teach them humility.
Sing together– Not everyone is a musician, but don’t let that stop you. Music is an amazing learning tool and it has a profound ability to guide us into true worship. Pick a well known song or hymn and sing it a cappella. Use your bad singing as an opportunity to teach your kids that worship is about the heart not the sound. Be sure to create a safe place to worship by letting your family know that making fun of anyone’s singing is not acceptable.
Pray together- Praying at bedtime and meals is great, but don’t let that be the only time you pray together as a family. Take a moment to share prayer requests and go around the table letting each family member pray for the person to their left as best as they are able.
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