How to Start Effective Family Devotions
During this age of fractured families and hectic schedules, the Christians and their families need to deep root themselves in Christ. Although Sunday school and the church play a crucial role in Christian lives, living Christian lives in their homes is equally essential. It is therefore helpful for family members to gather together for a devotion to their home. The following information will serve as a guide to family devotions. Devotions are effective when you also take time to read the Bible. Start by reading the scripture through focusing on the story first.
When you are conducting a devotion you need to sit around the table all if you and read together. Appoint the person who is going to read the scriptures while the others listen. It is good for everyone to have the Bible if they are all able to read. You can have one person read at a time while the rest follow from their bibles. It is good if all word is read are read as they are supposed and if some people find it hard, they should be assisted by the one leading the devotion.
After finishing the portion that you wanted to read, ask whether the people have understood what the word is talking about. The first thing is to understand the story. You need to find out if the everyone understands the story. After that seek to know whether the people can relate to the story by relating the happenings in the Bible with things that happen in their lives. Find out whether the members can find anything beneficial in the scripture that you have read to their lives. Let the young ones be assisted so that they can find something important for their lives in the portion that they have read.
The next step should be to find a lesson to learn from the word of God. The emphasis should be on how the word can help each of you in future. All the participants should be encouraged to say something that they have seen in the bible and how they intend to apply it in their lives. If you develop a culture of encouraging everyone to say something they will all be willing to participate. You should make sure that no one laughs at another person even when they make mistakes.
A time of praying should be part of the devotion. Just like the reading, during the time of prayer everyone should participate in prayer even if it is two words. After sometime all participants will be able to say a prayer of their choice. A prayer should be said in the beginning and the end. If you are to run an effective devotion; you need to include in the program praying fir needs on the family members. If God has answered some of your prayers, it is vital to thank God for that. Find out where in the house you will have your devotion.