We try to do a daily devotion with our kids each night around the dinner table. Each of the devotions are written at such a level, that even our youngest (8) can fully participate in the conversation.
I used to think the same thing before we made ourselves adopt this habit. We still have a TV, we still send our kids to public school, and we don’t have a large smacking paddle engraved with verses of scripture – and yet we have family devotion time.
It’s A Gauge.
Previously I could have told you my kids knew Jesus, but that’s really all I would have had to say. Now after daily dialog, I can gauge how deep their relationships with God really are. I can discern where they need encouragement or have questions.
To my surprise, I’ve actually been blown away with some of the answers my kids have been coming out with during our discussions.
I do like it when the kids pray – especially on behalf of the family as whole. It’s like they have a stake in our family walk with God. They get to talk to God on our behalf and conclude our devotion time.
It’s also a wonderful habit to form – not just being comfortable to pray in front of people, but regular prayer time with God.
Unity and Peacefulness.
Everyone looks forward to it. The kids remind us if it looks like we are going to forget. We have always aimed to eat together around a table each evening, so it was a fairly natural progression to tag on our devotion time.
It’s a time of family unity, and peacefulness (most of the time). We all are focused on one thing together for a short time each day and there’s something very rewarding about that.
If you don’t already do this with your family, why not give it go? The book we currently use is One Year Book of Josh McDowell’s Family Devotions 2 (Beyond Belief Campaign) and I’d highly recommend it.
If you try it, I’d love to know how you get on.