Stepping up for the kids
A couple of days ago I was massively convicted to step up and take a share in the leadership of my kids spiritual development (see post by clicking here). So in conversation with my wife, I decided to lead the daily devotion which happens at 9.30am. I am working from home at the moment and my wife home schools our two oldest (8 and 6 years old) so it is good time to do something like this. Plus I spent three years as a Children and Youth Pastor which involved presenting several Children’s devotions a week, so I figured why not give it a go!
So I thought I would share what I ended up doing, and any men reading this, feel free to use this with your kids.
OK first up I drew around my three year olds hand and in the middle of his hand outline I wrote: Being a Christian, and on the first finger I wrote Prayer. I am planning to share about the 5 things that we need to do to be a good Christian: prayer, reading the Bible, going to church, admitting sin and serving others. The hope is that when they look at there hands they will be reminded of the 5 devotions.
So the first ‘finger’ was prayer and I shared how prayer is talking to God and I asked my kids what sort of prayers there are, and they got two out of three when they shared about prayers of need and prayers of praise. The third sort of prayer is chatting with God throughout the day, telling God about your day. I spent a bit of time talking about praising God as the Bible is clear that we are to praise God often. I shared with them that praise actually more important than prayers of need.
Then I role played with them, I pretended to be God and got my kids to talk to me and to share praise and needs. Then I asked them, ‘Now in a normal conversation does just one person talk?’ I then explained how God talks to us in return through:
1) God will speak to us directly through a vision or a voice (which my 6 year old boy recently experienced so we talked about that)
2) God will talk to us through others
3) And the most accessible and regular way God speaks to us is through the Bible. I explained how when we read the Bible God shows us stuff to help us answer our needs and concerns.
And then I read:
5“And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full.6But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. Matthew 6:5-6
I explained that this was a wonderful help for our prayer time and did a little example of a hypocrite, standing up and praying out aloud which they liked! Then to finish they went to there room, closed their door and prayed.
All up it was 30 minutes long and was an amazing experience!! Can’t wait till tomorrow when we look at reading the Bible!
PS – I invited you to share your gender and where you were from to see if there were more females reading my blog than males, similar to the membership of the Praying People page on Facebook. Well thanks to Ginna Ollis (really appreciate your help!!) I can report that 68.75% of the commentators were woman. And the commentators come from 35 Countries including Iran, Bosnia, Slovakia, Venezuela and Sweden! So a big shout out to the person in Iran.. big prayers for you!
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