by: Richelle Torres
HELPING KIDS HAVE A DAILY TIME WITH GOD
by Mike Harvey, Children's Pastor
One of the Christian disciplines that help grow and mature a Christian is personal time with God. A time where we read God’s word, reflect on it and pray about it. Parents often ask how do we teach our children to have a quiet time or daily devotional?
In one sense, we can do nothing to ensure our children’s salvation – that is a work of the Holy Spirit. We can do nothing to change our children’s hearts, but we can nurture and prepare the soil of their hearts.
The Bible says many things to parents about this. We know we have been given the task to:
- Raise up our children in the paths that they are to go
- We are to tell our children of the good things God has done
- We are to talk constantly of His ways
- We are not to provoke our children to wrath
- Bring them up in the way of the Lord
As vital as it is for us to take time to eat for our physical health, it is as vital for us to take time to be with God for our spiritual health. It is one of the most important disciplines we can have and instill in our kids.
But how? Let’s keep it simple.
- Model it. Let your kids see you make time and take time to be alone with Jesus daily. If you spend that time before they get up or after they are at school, share what you are learning, what God is showing you, how it affected your day.
- Do it with them. Take the five minutes of your mornings - at the breakfast table, waiting for rides, in the carpool, and read a devotional or scripture together.
- Equip them. Ask them what they desire to learn: Do you want to know about a certain book of the Bible, know more about the character of Christ, be challenged how to live more like Christ? Focus on their best learning style. Do they soak in more from music, writing, listening, or drawing? Equip them - Make sure they have their own Bible. Go to Amazon or a Christian book store and let them look through the devotional books and see what catches their eye. Also, set aside a specific area of your home for this time. Set them up for success.
- Continue on. Ask them what they are learning. Be careful not to make it like homework, but instead sharing what the Lord teaches them as they are quiet with Him. Be ready to share what you’re learning too!
- Don’t forget to Pray. Make sure kids know that they have direct access to God through prayer. We get to know people and become friends with them by spending time with them. There’s no better way to get to know God more than by talking to Him and having a conversation with Him. He desires that from His children.