A family devotional is a structured time, weekly or daily, when a family comes together to learn the Bible and pray together. Family devotional time is an important tradition that can have a powerful, life-changing impact on every family member. Here are some tips to get your family devotional started:
1. Make it a priority.
Family devotionals don’t just happen. Be intentional about setting aside a day and time for your devotional, and stick to it. Your kids might not always be excited about devotional time, and that’s OK. Part of the point is to teach your kids that a pursuit of God takes discipline and effort. Parents should lead by example.
2. Keep it fun.
Lead with energy. Don’t forget that you set the tone for your kids. Smile. Have fun. Pursue God together. And let your kids help. Don’t do all of the talking or leading. Challenge your kids to help by reading or sharing, or even by leading the discussion. Teach them that they can be active contributors, helping the whole family pursue God.
We recommend the FLEX method for family devotionals, which just means you (1) Find a topic from our kids resources, (2) Learn about it on your own (older kids can watch the video ahead of time to prepare for your family conversation) and (3) Explore it together as a family during your family time.
Deuteronomy 6:5-7 And you must love the lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength. And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today. Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up.
Proverbs 14:11-12 The house of the wicked will be destroyed, but the tent of the godly will flourish. There is a path before each person that seems right, but it ends in death.
- Watch the video together or invite someone to summarize the topic.
- What is your initial reaction to this video? Do you disagree with any of it? What jumped out at you?
- Write a personal action step based on this conversation.