Having family time for reading the Bible and praying is important.
But this time is not just another task.
Do your kids see you take your God seriously? Carving out time for family devotions is a great way for your kids to know that God is preeminent in your life. However, it is very easy for these things to become legalistic religious exercises rather than regular spiritual disciplines. It is easy to rush through a few verses, pray for the missionaries, and then get on with the day or evening.
It cannot be stressed enough the importance of genuinely pausing to reflect on God and his word in a manner that isn’t mechanical or rote. We would be better off explaining to our kids that because of pressing issues, there won’t be a devotion today or tonight. Then the time used for devotion will be invested and not spent.
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