How to Share Your Faith with Your Kids!
By Children’s Pastor Alicia Lafleur
As a child I remember each year on my birthday, my mother would quietly come into my room and snuggle up with me in the early morning hours. That time, just around dawn when everyone else was still asleep was her devotion time. On my birthday however, she spent a portion of that time with me. I presume she thought I was still asleep; as I lay still in an effort not to interrupt. During that time she would put her arms around me and pray a blessing over me. This is something she had done ever since I was a baby and continued until I was well into adulthood.
I also recall my grandmother waking my sisters and me up an hour before the school bus came. We would spend at least twenty minutes singing hymns, reading scripture and praying for the day ahead. I can’t say I enjoyed waking up that early, but by the time we left for school each morning, we were fed physically and spiritually.
My mother and grandmother were not just expressing their love for God or for me, what they were doing was biblical; they were sharing their faith. The key to expressing our love for God, is to raise children in His way.
God’s Word makes two things very clear: first- spiritual instruction must begin in the home. Second- every opportunity must be used to impress on your children faith and relationship with Jesus Christ.
Deuteronomy 6:5-7: Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them 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.
How can you make in impact on your child’s spiritual life? Here are a few tips for sharing your faith with your children.
- Use the time you spend together to tell your children how you see God at work in your life throughout the day. When your children see that you acknowledge that Christ is at work in your life, they will look forward to Him being at work in their lives as well.
- Use the time you spend preparing lunch or snacks to pray for their friends and teachers. Slip a note in their lunch bags with a scripture for them to read each day.
- On the walk or drive to school, pray with them that God will equip them with all they need to make it through the day. Ask them which friends may need prayer? You would be surprised at how much you can learn about your child.
- Allow them to see your involvement in ministry. If possible, give them opportunities to help you prepare or even assist you in ministry.
Those moments my mom and grandmother spent sharing their faith with me contributed greatly to the person I am today. I looked forward to those moments and some day look forward to having the opportunity to do the same with my children. If your child has not yet accepted Jesus, here is a prayer you can pray with them when they are ready:
God, I know that I am a sinner. Today, I want you to know that I am sorry for my sins. (Romans 3:23; Acts 3:19).
I know that you sent your son Jesus to save me, and that he died on the cross to take the punishment for my sins. I know that Jesus rose from the dead and one day he will come back. (John 3:16). Lord please forgive me of all my sins. I want to have a relationship with you. I want you to change me. (Romans 10:9).
Please guide me and help me to follow you for the rest of my life. Thank you for what you did on the cross for me and for preparing a place for me in heaven.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Malvern Christian Assembly