Home family devotions have always been a good idea! A generation or two ago it was much more common for families to gather together at home to spend time reading and discussing the truths of God’s Word. It’s still a good practice in today’s world!
Perhaps these days of pandemic have led to more parents (Moms and Dads) gathering their family together at home to read and learn God’s Word.
Who could have imagined such a change in the world around us less than a year ago? You know, God still blesses his people, even during such challenging days. Perhaps one of the biggest blessings is the role of family leaders leading their family in God’s Word!
Take a look at the following pages and prayerfully consider how you might incorporate family devotions in your home!
Why have home devotions?
- Jeremiah 23:28b “Let the one who has my Word speak it faithfully.” (Speak the Word to your family)
- Ephesians 6:4 “Fathers, do no exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.” (Instruct the family with God’s Word)
- Luke 11:28 “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.” (The family who hears God’s Word will be blessed.)
- John 17:17 “Sanctify them by the truth, your word is truth.” (The family who hears the God’s Word receives the truth.)
- Proverbs 22:6 “Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.” (Lead the family closer to the Lord with God’s Word.)
- Ephesians 6: 10-11 “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.” (The family who hears God’s Word is strengthened, including when tempted by Satan.)
- Psalm 51:12 “Restore to me the joy of your salvation.” (The family in God’s Word shares the rich lasting joy of the knowledge and promise of heaven.)
When might we have home devotions?
- After supper
- At bedtime
- First thing in the morning
- Right now, during these adjusted times, be flexible, but work to be regular
- Any time that works for you
- Apply Biblical truths to your child’s
- Ask lots of questions
- Have fun with the children. Involve them.
- Refer to devotional truths throughout the day, and beyond.
- Include the children when reading passages.
- Possibly transition from reading a devotion to speaking/telling the devotion using your own words. Use a devotion book as the source for your own ideas.
- Use selected Bible verses (such as verses from the Psalms, or Proverbs, parables, or reading a portion of one of the gospels- Matthew, Mark, Luke, John)
- Devotional books (see resources below)
- Catechism (It’s a great resource that can be adapted to nearly any age; 10 commandments, prayer, who is God, etc.)
- Sing-along/hymn sing
- Family prayer
- Each member adds what is on his/her
- Each member prays for things that begin with an assigned letter of the alphabet…
- Each member prays for things that begin with the first letter of his/her
- Special topics (items in the news, what’s happening on social media, )
- Sickness or injury
- Unexpected blessings
- Online: whataboutjesus.com
- Online: timeofgrace.org
- Online: wels.net
- Online ordering through Northwestern Publishing House: https://online.nph.net/
- Online ordering through Concordia Publishing House: cph.org
- Click this link to find many resources for your devotional life: “Home Devotion Resource Order Guide”
- Little Visits… series at NPH
- 5 Minute Bible Studies for Teens
- Stand Your Ground – Devotions for Teens by Teens
- PLUS, many other devotions for moms, dads, couples, seasons of the year, etc.
God bless you as you prioritize your time together as a family in prayer and in reading and discussing God’s Word!
(Your Spiritual Growth Committee)