I recently heard an encouraging story about a father who instructed his 7-year-old son that if he didn’t start reading the bible everyday now, he never would. And so the boy started to read the bible daily. And the child, now a grown man, reads the whole bible yearly.
I tell you this story as an encouragement, not to make you feel guilty. I was greatly encouragement because the father knew the importance of teaching his children to read the scriptures and he modelled it.
The scriptures tell us that parents are responsible for raising their children in the knowledge and fear of the Lord. And to speak to kids at all times about God things.
Ephesians 6:4 – Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.
Deuteronomy 6:7 – Impress them [the commandments] on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.
Although we don’t follow the commandments like Israel did in the Old Testament, the point is still relevant today. It shows us the need to be intentional in talking to our children and at all times. God’s word is vital for all believers to learn about salvation and grow as disciples of Jesus. And the same is true for children, with parents taking responsibility in modeling it, and reading the bible and praying with our kids.
It is never too early to start reading the bible with you children. It is said that if you do something for 30 days in a row, it becomes a habit. How can you structure your day so it’s a priority? Maybe you can get the whole family on board to keep each other accountable with a reward system (stickers, bubbles…)?
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After reading a passage with your kids engage them in what’s been read. Some questions you can try: What did you like about the story? What questions do you have? And what can we pray in light of the story? Encourage your children to pray too.
I pray God’s word and the Lord Jesus, in whom salvation is only found, will captivate our children. And they grow daily in the knowledge and fear of the Lord. I pray too that reading the bible and praying with your kids becomes a much loved and enjoyed habit in your family.