How to Have a Daily Devotion Time With Your Kids

Raising a child who sincerely loves and serves God begins at home. Yet, parents often need help to teach God's Word to their kids. That's where the daily devotional comes in. A short, regular devotion time, guided by a relevant daily devotion book that includes Scripture and allows for open, honest discussion and prayer, can make a huge impact in the lives of your children as well as in your own walk with Christ. As a result of having daily devotions with your children, you'll grow spiritually and your kids will have the benefit of watching God work in your life. Follow these simple steps to make your devotions relevant, intentional and authentic.


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    Gather your family together in a familiar and comfortable spot, such as around the breakfast table or in the family room after dinner, and offer a short opening prayer.
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    Read the devotion that you have picked out or that falls on that calendar day. Switch sometimes, like daddy on the 28th, then mommy on the 29th, then Lizzie on 30th, and Fred on the 31st.
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    Talk about what you've read by asking the application questions at the end of the devotion. These questions address the spiritual principles that surfaced in what you just read. Work toward a discussion about how you and they can apply what you've learned in your own lives. As your family grows more comfortable doing daily devotions, your kids will spontaneously instigate discussion.
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    Conclude the devotion by spending a few minutes praying together. To start, suggest one-sentence prayers. If they grow longer, let it happen naturally. The idea is to get your kids comfortable with praying sincerely, out loud.
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    End your time together with hugs all around.


  • Keep your prayer time short. Make sure that your prayer time is always meaningful and fresh, never just a time of "going through the motions."
  • Allow your kids to interrupt at any time with questions. When they do, you'll know they're interested and engaged.
  • Your total time spent in family devotions can be as short as 10 minutes or as long as your schedule permits. If your kids are asking questions, keep going as long as you can!
  • Curb your children's silliness during your time together but don't be too serious. Enjoy yourself. If you do, your kids are more likely to enjoy themselves, too.
  • Consider reading the day’s Scripture directly from the Bible rather than from the devotion book. The New Living Translation is one of the easiest translations to understand.
  • If your devotion time includes very young children, consider singing a song together as well. Although toddlers and preschoolers can’t fully participate in the discussion, they will benefit by realizing that family devotions are something that is done every day.


  • Prayer can easily become a meaningless ritual, particularly if the same prayers are said every day. Avoid this trap by following the JOY sequence in your prayer time: Jesus, Others, Yourself. Give each member of your family a different part of the sequence to pray each day. First, begin by expressing thankfulness or affirming something about one of God’s attributes that surfaced in the devotion you just read. Next, pray for others, such as a sick friend, people living in fear or danger or the homeless in your community. Finally, pray for the material, emotional or spiritual needs among your family. When you first begin praying as a family, you may want to solicit ideas from the whole group for specific prayers for each category and then assign each member one item on your list. Once everyone grows more comfortable praying together, your prayer time will probably grow more spontaneous.
  • At some point your child will ask a question that you can’t answer. Don’t worry. Simply tell them you don't know the answer. That kind of honest response can serve as a wonderful example of humility to your kids and spark a deeper discussion about God’s majesty and mystery. If it's any consolation, there are scores of questions about the Bible for which no one has yet come up with a truly satisfying answer.

Things You'll Need

  • A quiet, distraction-free location
  • A Bible for every family member
  • A good, age-appropriate devotional book, such as The One Year Devotions for Boys (ages 8-12) or The One Year Devos for Girls (ages 8-12), each with 365 daily devotionals that include Bible passages to set up each day’s theme, a contemporary story to apply each passage, thought-provoking discussion questions and a daily memory verse; or The One Year Children’s Bible (ages 6-10), with 365 Bible stories in easy-to-read text to deepen children’s understanding of God’s Word

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