Spending time with God is an incredibly important practice. While personal devotions are important, parents should also consider spending some time praying and studying Scripture as a family.
Kids can learn a lot through family devotions. Through this practice, your kids will gain a knowledge of Scripture, and they will benefit from the experience of seeing older, wiser people expressing genuine faith.
Why Family Devotions Should not be Treated Like a Chore
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. Keep in mind that it’s very easy for these things to become legalistic religious exercises rather than regular spiritual disciplines.
It’s easy to rush through a few verses, pray for the missionaries, and then get on with the day or evening. I can’t stress the importance of genuinely pausing to reflect on God and His Word in a manner that isn’t mechanical or rote.
If we don’t have the time needed to properly pause, we would be better off explaining to our kids that, because of pressing issues, we won’t have family devotions that particular day or night. Then, the time used for devotion will be invested and not spent.
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