How to Start and Conduct Family Devotions
When many families have suffered brokenness, and others are running hectic schedules, it is important that all Christians find a way of having time with their God. As much as church and Sunday school are important to Christians, it is equally important to live their Christianity at home. 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. Devotions are effective when you also take time to read the Bible. The the best approach Is to start Reading the Portion of the Bible and focusing on the story first.
The best way to read the Bible if when all of your suit around the table. You should know who will read the scriptures as the others sit and listen. If your family members all know how to read, each of them is supposed to have a Bible. You can have one person read at a time while the rest follow from their bibles. It is crucial that all word is read correctly with those who may find some word hard to pronounce being assisted by those who can read them well.
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. You therefore need to know whether the narration in the bible can relate to some of the things the people go through today. 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.
After that ask what all of you are learning from the word of God That they can use in future. The emphasis should be on how the word can help each of you 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 all the members are encouraged, they cannot miss something to say. All people should be encouraged even when they make some errors.
Remember the devotion should be including a time of prayer. Everyone should pray even if they know nothing about what to say. After sometime all participants will be able to say a prayer of their choice. It is good if you start the session with a word of prayer and you finish with a prayer. An effective devotion should be inclusive of praying for various needs in the family. At the same time you need to evaluate the prayers and thank God for the ones He has answered. Dedicate a particular place for your devotion.