Ways of Beginning and Conducting Family Devotions
In the current state of many families and the busy schedules, the Christians need to find time with their God. 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. Here are some ideas for family devotions. You will have an effective devotion when you are also 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. If all of you know how to read, it is good for all of you to have a Bible each. 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 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. Ask the participants whether they understand the story by answering your questions. 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. Assist the young ones to find something in their lives that can relate to the bible story.
The next step should be to find a lesson to learn from the word of God. You should all look for a way the bible could help 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 every member is encouraged, they will have all something to say. You should make sure that no one laughs at another person even when they make mistakes.
Remember the devotion should be including a time of prayer. Just like the reading, during the time of prayer everyone should participate in prayer even if it is two words. If everyone is encouraged, you will realize that everyone can pray with time. It is good if you start the session with a word of prayer and you finish with a prayer. If you are to run an effective devotion; you need to include in the program praying fir needs on the family members. At the same time you need to evaluate the prayers and thank God for the ones He has answered. Have a specific place for the devotion.