Summary: Need a Family Devotion and why
Ten Reasons for Family Devotions
Scripture: Psalm 119:9-11, especially verse 9
How can a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed according to Your word (NKJV)
Introduction: I’d like to deal with a once-popular subject that has fallen on hard times-family devotions. This old phrase simply means praying together as a family. I believe we can still find a formula for having the "family altar" if we realize how important it is. Today I’d like to share ten reasons for family devotions.
1. Devotions Provide Communication with God. They are the easiest, best way for your family to get together and talk to God (see Ps. 25:4, 5). When we have family devotions, we’re communicating with ,God. .
Communication in business today is so important that 90% of US. companies provide communication skills training in the workplace.
Subscribers to the Harvard Business Review ,rated the ability to communicate as more important than ambition, education, and the capacity for hard work.
We teach our children how to communicate with their playmates. When do you teach them how to communicate with God? (see Ps. 119:145-152).
2. Devotions Quench Spiritual Thirst. We’re all thirsty for something (see Ps. 42:1, 2).
Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), the seventeenth-century French philosopher, wrote that we all have a God-shaped vacuum that only God can fill. That’s true for our children, grandchildren, and spouse.
Family devotions allow the opportunity to quench our spiritual thirst (see Ps. 84:2).
3. Devotions Advance Personal Spiritual Growth. Yes, I know we can grow with private devotions. praying with other members of the family helps all the family do the same (see 1 Pet. 2:2; 2 Pet. 3:18).
If you’re growing in God’s Word but your spouse isn’t, it makes for an unbalanced couple.
4. Family Devotions Bring Us Together. Sitting down and talking about
spiritual things provides a safeguard against carnality in our homes (see 1 Corinthians 3:1-3).
If you want to put a hedge against worldly activity in your family, the best way is to get together each day to discuss how we relate God’s Word to our lives in the world.
It’s a tradition your child will treasure later in life.
4. Devotions Provide Insight for Daily Life. Take Proverbs 10:4, for example: "Lazy hands make a man poor, but diligent hands bring wealth" (NIV).
It’s important for kids to know that. The Book of Proverbs gives specific advice on how to treat a mean neighbor, what to do when your wife is mad at you, how to invest properly, when to speak and when to be silent, how to know when you’ve angered someone, and what to do about it. And that’s just one book.
5. Family Devotions Prevent Schizophrenic Faith. It seems to me that some Christians who believe in God and come to church also believe some of the wildest, wackiest things.
They’ve mixed truth and error. They sing praise choruses at church, yet hold beliefs that don’t square with Scripture.
Family devotions counter that. Consistent time before the Lord enables us to grow.
6. Devotions Provide Daily Comfort and Encouragement. If I didn’t have a Bible, I don’t know what I’d do.