5 Steps to Lead Family Devotions

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Trying to lead family devotions is not always as easy as it would seem.

Before I had kids, and even when my kids were babies, I envisioned amazing family devotion times where my kids were fully engaged and excited about spending time with Jesus as a family.

What is reality is that having regular family devotions used to be one of our biggest struggles.

Family sitting together on a couch reading

My husband’s work schedule doesn’t allow him to participate with us very often, so leading family devotions falls to me.

And I’ll admit, I was not always very consistent with it.

It’s kind of hard to admit that, but it was an area where I’ve felt all-thumbs, two-left-feet….clumsy.

This was one of my weakest areas as a mom…but it is an area where I have become stronger, and with God’s help I will continue to help my children grow in their relationship with Christ to become mighty men of God in their generation.

As I have grown more consistent in leading my children in family devotions, I have discovered that there are five essential things that should take place for them to effective.

They’ve helped me stay consistent, helped my children stay engaged, and overall family devotions are now one of our favorite times of the day.

5 Steps to Lead Family Devotions

1. Choose a time.

This was actually the hardest for me.

My natural response is to have family devotions in the morning, and that is when we have them now that we are homeschooling both of our children.

But for a long time, morning devotions for us simply didn’t work.

Because of the time of day that our children were in school, it just didn’t work well for us.

So, to make sure that we still had time for quality devotions, we moved family devotion time to just before bedtime.

It worked really well for us, plus the children went to bed with Jesus’ words fresh on their hearts.

Truly, the time of day is not as important as consistency.

Choose a time that best works for your family and stick with it.

2. Choose a place

I don’t know about you, but my children thrive on the same things happening at the same time and in the same place.

I think there is something to routine.

Choosing a time a place are essential to making family devotions a habit in the home.

Our place in the kitchen table during breakfast.

I don’t typically eat breakfast, so while they eat, I’m reading the Bible to them.

After breakfast, I usually have them draw a picture and write a verse or two from what we’ve read; after which we sing a song and pray.

3. Come prepared

Honestly, this is probably most essential.

Your children will only take family devotions as seriously as you do. If you just sit down and thumb through the Bible to find a passage that stands out to you, it speaks to your children that this is not very important to you.

If family devotions are unimportant to you, they will be even less important to them.

In fact, if you force them to participate in something that is truly not very important to you simply because you feel it is your religious duty, it will cause seeds of resentment and spiritual apathy to grow in their hearts.

  • Prepare yourself by first spending time in prayer.
  • Ask the Lord to show you what your family needs and to point you to portions of the Word that will help you feed them spiritually.
  • Ask Him to speak to your heart words to make each passage applicable for them.

You are their pastor. Lead your sheep. Feed your sheep!

4. Involve your kids

One of the best ways to make family devotions fun is to involve your kids in the process!

They shouldn’t be spectators. They should be participants.

If you have older kids, give them a topic and ask them to prepare a devotional one time a week.

If one of your children plays an instrument, ask them to lead family worship.

If your children are smaller, act out Bible stories, create hand motions to the songs, and show them how to raise their hands to worship Jesus.

Getting them involved helps to make them feel that this is a family affair!

5. Call them to action

How successful would we be at winning souls if all we did was tell people about Jesus, but never invited them to actually receive Him as their Savior?

Not very successful.

There would be millions of people walking around informed about Jesus, but void of any relationship with Him.

Don’t just tell your kids about Jesus.

They may or may not come to the point on their own where they accept Him as their Savior, but don’t take the chance that it may not happen.

Invite them to receive Jesus as their Savior.

Perhaps you feel that they are too young to understand what they are doing.

My oldest invited Jesus in his heart at the age of four. I can assure you that he has very little understanding of what that means, but it is a milestone.

Milestones lead to a destination. Children and teenagers need these milestones.

As a child, I accepted Christ as my Savior multiple times.

Every Sunday in Sunday School. But each time I did, it just made my faith that much stronger so that as a teenager I was not inclined to follow my peers.

I was resolute in doing what I knew was right despite what everyone was doing.

Calling your children to action is so important. Do it often, especially when they are young.

Over the next couple of weeks we’ll look at resources you can use with your kids and teens to help them develop a love for Jesus.

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  1. Thank you so much for sharing this message. I really want me kids to learn about our heavenly Father. But i am a little nervous about what stories i should read to them without giving them nightmares. So we have been reading the Ten Commandments.

    1. I think covering the basics in an age-appropriate way is good. Creation, Adam and Eve, Noah, Abraham, Joseph, David, Daniel, Jesus’ life, Acts, and Paul. These stories are great to start with, and you can teach them over and over while they’re young….adding in new details each time.

  2. Thank you so so much for sharing. I wish I had this type of message when my children were younger. Anyway, I will share with my daughters & daughters-in-law. Thank you a million times. Shalom.

  3. I would have ‘Haywood’ church with my kiddos on Tuesday or Wednesday evenings during the summer. One child was responsible for sharing about our assigned scripture, another was responsible for praying that scripture and another child was responsible for leading worship. I’ll never forget those wonderful times of sharing the word with another, praying for each other and just enjoying His presence in our family. I think that time set a solid foundation in our family and in the faith.

    1. I absolutely love that! I think in some ways, allowing our kids to come to “family church” with a word keeps us grounded in humility because they can see the simplicity of the gospel so clearly, and God can speak the most profound truths through them. I know that our family devotion times set a solid foundation of faith for me. I wouldn’t be who I am today if my parents hadn’t laid that groundwork in my heart as a child.

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