How to Start and Conduct Family Devotions
During this age of fractured families and hectic schedules, the Christians and their families need to deep root themselves in Christ. It is necessary for christens families to live as Christians at home even when they attend church and Sunday school on Sundays. It helps the Christians to have occasional devotions in the homes where everyone is involved. The following information will serve as a guide to family devotions. One way of making your devotion effective is by reading the word of God. You need to begin by reading the story given in the Bible first as a story.
When you are conducting a devotion you need to sit around the table all if you and read together. Make sure you appoint the person going to read at a particular time. It is good for everyone to have the Bible if they are all able to read. You can start having a person read a portion of the scripture as the rest follow on their texts. make sure all the word are pronounced correctly by assisting those who may miss the pronounciations.
After reading the portion, test the understanding of everybody by asking what you have read about. It is crucial that everyone understands the story. Ask as many questions as possible to ensure that the story is well understood. 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 focus should be on how all of you can be able to use the word in future. A person should be encouraged to tell the other what lessons they have learned and how they intend to behave in future. If every member is encouraged, they will have all something to say. No one should be discouraged by laughing even after making mistakes.
The devotion should be including prayer. All members should be allowed to pray even when they have almost nothing to say. With continuous practicing, you will find that all of you can pray. A prayer should be said in the beginning and the end. You should include praying for all the members of the family in the devotion plan. Find out how many of your prayers have been answered so that you can thank God. Have a specific place for the devotion.