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Teach your children to spend quiet time every day with Jesus

“Are you having your quiet time with Jesus?” I asked my 7-year-old son Brandon a couple days ago before breakfast. He told me yes. I sat down with him on the couch and asked him, “What are you reading?”

He showed me in his International Children's Bible (New Century Version) a passage in Mark 9:14 about Jesus healing a boy. It warmed my father’s heart to listen to him share some simple thoughts on what he was learning. When he finished, I put my arm around him and we prayed together.

Many parents overlook the opportunity to teach their children how to spend quiet time alone with God every day. Devotional time with God is not about earning points in order to get into heaven. It is about connecting with God’s heart. Bible reading, meditation, and prayer are key ways to attach us to the Lord and receive love and power to face each new day.

Jesus teaches us, “I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me, and I in him, he bears much fruit; for apart from Me you can do nothing” (John 15:5). Quiet time with God attaches us to the Lord like a branch to a grape vine.

How can you practically help your children to attach themselves to God every day?
  • Model quiet time yourself. If you do not spend time in Bible reading and prayer, your influence is diminished. When your children see you taking time every day to connect to God, it will draw their hearts to want the same thing.
     
  • Choose age-appropriate material. The Bible is the key book to teach children about Jesus. But there are many different Bible translations. Carefully choose a translation for your child. Even children who cannot read may have a quiet time by listening to a tape (or CD) of the Bible being read. My younger children have also to Scripture songs for their quiet time.
     
  • Take interest in what they learn. Ask your children what God is teaching them. Asking them questions will help cement those teachings into your child’s heart. Your loving interest let’s them know, “This is very important!”
     
  • Show them how to have devotional time. Spend some time joining your child in quiet time. Show her how to choose a passage of Scripture, explain that God wants to speak to his heart. Help your child practically read the Bible and pray.
     
  • Buy them a journal. Help them learn to choose a key Bible verse that is meaningful to them and write it out which helps reinforce God’s voice in their hearts. Show them how to write out a simple prayer (things to be thankful for and things she/he needs help with).
My son Brandon learned a few mornings ago in his quiet time that Jesus’ disciples could not heal a boy without “much prayer” (see Mark 9:29). When we finished praying together, he closed his Bible and skipped off to breakfast. I smiled. My son was attached to His Heavenly Father. It made my day.

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By Curtis Rittenour. Copyright © 2011 by GraceNotes. All rights reserved. Use of this material is subject to usage guidelines. Scripture taken from the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE®.


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