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Monday, April 20, 2009

Teaching Your Child To Want More Of God

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One of the most important tools you can use for bringing your child to a decision for Christ is prayer. Not praying for your child (we’ll talk about that another time), but praying with your child. Praying with your child makes God real and a big deal in your home. It lets him or her know that our God is personal and near to us. It’s part of how we help our child establish a relationship as opposed to just knowledge of the Lord. As that relationship grows, your child will become more inclined to making a decision for Christ’s salvation.

Saying grace before meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and praying at bedtime is wonderful, but don’t relegate God to a time slot. Since He’s the Creator of time we have to assume He’s bigger than it. What I’m talking about here is creating an ongoing dialogue in the same way you want your child to come to you in conversation.

We’ll look at how to integrate prayer into your child’s daily life, how to answer when your child says, “But I don’t hear God,” defining what I call prayer speak, and how to overcome the fear that many of us have, that of praying out loud.

Teaching your child how to speak to his God is an awesome way of sharing intimacy with him, and it seems very few parents get to really experience that level of closeness with their child. That same level of closeness to the Lord is what you will be passing on. That which we are close to, we want more of. Teach your child the intimacy of prayer. Then watch him desire to want more of God.

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JoJo Tabares said...

Amen and Amen, Deb!

Deb Burton said...

Thanks JoJo. I really appreciate all your support!