I remember hearing some research a few years ago about families and faith. I don’t have the source but the basic finding was that when faith was lived out as an authentic part of life, the children were most likely to continue their faith as adults. But when faith was more of a Sunday morning event with little to no reference to faith any other time, the probability was great that the children would not have an active faith as adults.
It matters greatly that our faith is real, authentic and natural for us to seek God’s wisdom and direction in all areas of life. One of the best ways to do this is to have God’s Word be a family affair.It matters greatly that our faith is real, authentic and for God's Word to be a family affair. Click To Tweet
We get the first glimpse of how this should look in this passage:
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.” Deuteronomy 6:5-7
As we do life, as we walk, talk, do mornings, and bedtimes, talk about your faith. Share God’s Word together and show your children your love for God.
Here are 12 ways to make God’s Word a family affair:
- Make your time in God’s word public to the rest of the family. Keep your Bible and journal open and visible.
- Let prayer be a normal part of daily life in your home. Let different family members call the family to pray and lead out in prayer time.
- Talk with the family about what God is showing you in your personal Bible study.
- Have different family members select a verse for the family for the day. It could be shared in the morning and then discussed in the evening.
- Have a brief time together as a family in prayer and teaching a biblical principle in the mornings and in the evenings.
- Give special focus in the evenings and make prayer and sharing scripture a part of the bedtime routine.
- Make it a natural part of your family to ask each other to pray for specific things. Call the family to pray whenever a need arises.
- Place scripture on cards and give out to different family members based on something specific going on in their lives.
- Share openly ways God answers prayers or has helped direct decisions in your family’s life and circumstances.
- Make it a natural part of your family to pray for others. Pray for your neighbors, your pastor, friends, teachers, financial needs and health needs of others, etc.
- Make asking questions about God’s Word and faith normal for your family.
- Ask your children to pray for you. Let them be a part of the blessing of God answering prayer in your life.
What other suggestions would you make?
“Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light on my path.” Psalm 119:105
“All Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, for training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17