How to Raise God Wise Kids in a Satan Rich World
In a world that can seem hopeless, kids need a reason to hope. In addition to teaching our children how to get into college, play sports and chase the American Dream, there is something greater to be learned. He created the universe with stars and planets, yet the desire of His heart was to reconcile with people whom He loved. In this devotional, the author shares ideas of how to help your children have a personal relationship with God. Through scripture, art and stories, she shared the opportunities she had to teach her own child to get to know God.
1 Thessalonians 5:17
In today’s culture, the world wants everyone to believe what they tell you, not what they do. They insist that you believe an ideology versus the truth. That you choose their words over Jesus’word.
I was 28 years old before I learned that God talks back. Many think of prayer as a one way conversation, but it is a communication tool to reach the Creator of the Universe. Since then I have learned that He is concerned about all of the minute details of my life. If I ask Him, He will tell me. If I do not ask, He will allow me to find out on my own.
I like it much better when I ask and He responds.
There have been conversations that went like, “Why didn’t you tell me that was going to happen?”
“You didn’t ask,” He responded.
“Really, you couldn’t have just butted in?”
“Nope, not my style,” He stated.
Teach them that prayer is a daily habit. Just like they talk to you their parent every day, they should make time to talk to God every day. Help them carve time out of their day to pray. Teach them to journal their prayer requests so that they can see how God has answered their prayers.
Teach them how to pray. First, praise God for who He is. He is a provider and all-knowing for example. Second, thank Him for all He has done. He has given them a place to live and food to eat. Third, confess their sins and ask for forgiveness. Remind them that we have to confess our sins for them to be forgiven. Fourth, pray for others, like their parents, friends, teachers, etc. Fifth and finally, pray for themselves. Tell them to ask God to help them accomplish their goals or fix some issue they are struggling with.
Teach your child that prayer is the best option.
When they come to you with a problem, say, “Let’s take this to someone who can answer it.”
Stop and pray right then. Trust God to answer because He does. If they see you doing it with your problems, they will do it with theirs. This is the habit you want to create.
This is not going to be easy because our first habit is to fix it ourselves. If we fix all of our kid’s problems, they never get to flex their own faith muscles. It is important that they learn at a young age to have faith in God. He will never let them down. Sometimes we will let them down, but He never will.
Make Prayer your first go to instead of your last resort. Make it a habit to pray all the time. Teach your children how to pray. He hears.