Reading the Bible without meditating on it, is like trying to eat
without swallowing. -Anonymous
5x A4 printables that guide your child/teen’s responses to God’s Word
SOAP: An acronym to help you read, think, apply and pray
ACTS: another acronym to help you focus while praying
HEAR: Dig deeper and ask yourself probing questions about the Scripture
5 Finger Prayer: A good prompt for young children to learn to pray for more than themselves
Devotional Journal Prompts: 4 prompts to help older children reflect on what God is saying to them.
Your children can learn to respond to God
If our children are to have a relationship with Jesus they need to be reading his word. But how do we keep our kids focused and engaging with the Scriptures?
I loved my kids sitting beside me as I read early in the morning. But the time came they wanted to do it on their own. By helping them use the study skills they were learning at school were well equipped to be able to focus and hear God’s voice. (In particular the skills of Reading, Thinking and Responding)
This is discipleship: teaching spiritual disciplines (such as reading, meditating, praying, studying, service etc).
Devotion Response Kit for Children & Teens
This kit will help you teach your child how to pause and reflect on what they have read, but when you give these posters to your child, they will be able to use them themselves and become more independent in their reading the Bible.
Let me just add a footnote here – our goal isn’t to shaft our kids off to be independent Bible readers – but rather they will want to read by themselves, as this is a natural growth stage. But we are still to be discipling our children – that is, we are still, even when they are reading and responding to God on their own – we are still to be teaching and encouraging them to grow closer to Christ.
Just like you and me – we have our own individual times with God, but we also need others to encourage us onwards. These tools are to help your children at the time they want to do it on their own. There is no rush – there is no prize!
The goal is not to have our children having independent quiet times but rather for them to want to know more about Jesus.