This question I get a lot . . .
What is the most important advice you would give to a mom who wants to begin reading the Bible with her kids?
My best advice?
When I think about how God grew in me a genuine hunger to know Him, I trace it back to an extended season of prayer. I was praying about something else . . . a situation in life that was just really, really painful . . . I was not praying about wanting to read the Bible. Yet God used that time to teach me about Him, and He placed in me a desire to get to know Him more.
God opened my heart to Him . . . and I know He can do the same for you! God is the One who opens our hearts. God is the One who gives us that desire to draw near to Him. So before you begin reading the Bible with your kids, I’d encourage you to spend some time asking God to give you and your children a growing desire to know Him. Ask God to give you increasing understanding of His Word. And ask Him to give you and your children faith, and help you persevere in that faith. Believe me . . . He loves to answer this cry!
It can also be really tough to see how Bible reading will fit into an already busy schedule. I firmly believe that God helped me to see a way to make this happen in my family. Ask God to give you wisdom about how to incorporate this into your routine. Ask Him to give you a plan that will fit your family. There are lots of creative ways to do this. (I’ll get into that more in an upcoming post.)
Last of all, prayer has to be an ongoing practice. I keep reminding myself this is about developing a real relationship with God. I’ve been praying some of the same things for years as we have read the Bible together. I’m asking God to open up His Word to us and help us understand. I’m asking God to give us faith and help us believe what we read each day. I’m asking that He will plant His Word deep in my heart and in the hearts of my kids, and that we will bear fruit for Him.
And, I’m praying these things for you, too.
For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.
Luke 11:10 ESV