Flourishing Together

Spring Break is over.  But one thing that can’t be over is family time, especially daily devotions.  I remember vividly our farewells as we were living my grandma’s house after a week’s vacation; my uncles and my dad would get the family together and lead a small worship and prayer service.  Hey, we had to memorize Psalm 121…the whole chapter!  But verses 7 & 8 were always the ‘goodbye’ –   “The Lord will keep you from all harm—he will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.”

Today it seems that “family devotions” have been forgotten.   I would like to make the case for this beautiful practice.  No matter where the family is in any situation, Bible reading and prayer time will improve the atmosphere!  “The family that prays together stays together,” so goes the saying.   This is true, not because our praying, but because the person we’re praying to.  God is truly the honored guest during such intimate times.  His command is clear; He wants for us to be consistent so that we ‘impress’ His word in our children’s minds (Deut. 6:7).  And His promise is unflinching: “…be careful to obey so that it may go well with you…” (Deut. 6:3).

In this fast-paced culture, the family needs a time to huddle and focus on those matters that are bound to bring a stable spiritual legacy.  Family devotions is the perfect time to open up about issues such as the salvation of everyone in the family, how everyone is growing spiritually, how the family relates to the body of Christ, and what direction the family will go in its service to God. Spring break is over; but let’s make family time ongoing!

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