What is Family Worship?
“And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.” —Deuteronomy 6:6–7
One of the primary responsibilities God gives parents is to raise their children in the instruction and discipline of the Lord. God calls parents to lead and love their family diligently; regularly reminding their children of the faithfulness and glory of God found through the Lord Jesus Christ. Family worship is simple: you read God’s Word together, pray together, and sing. It does not have to be super-spiritual or deep. In fact, there may be sometimes you wonder if it is having any effect at all. Be careful with those harmful thoughts. Let us remember to not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. The power of Family Worship is not in an evening, but in the work of the Holy Spirit through the sowing of the Word of God over time. Keep sowing, keep watering, impress God’s truth, no matter what!
If you haven’t started Family Worship, we’re here to help! Soon we’ll be providing some Family Worship guides for your family to use at home. In the meantime, here’s a way to begin incorporating the Bible into your family’s routine. One of the best and most fun ways to kickstart spiritual conversations and reading scripture with your family is around the dinner table. What I have found helpful when doing this is to first make sure everyone has their food and drink before we begin. (Even after getting everyone settled, there will always be distractions. Keep going…patiently.) Then, I simply share with my family what the Lord revealed to me during my morning devotional time. I read the scripture, share what it means to me, and I ask them what they think about the scripture read. Depending on the age, this is where it can get interesting! Hang in there and trust that the Lord will do His work. Add this simple routine to your family dinner…tonight!