Kingstown/Chateaubelair Circuit

The Methodist Church of St. Vincent

Empowerment Month 2018- Family Devotional Guide

Posted on: May 3, 2018 at 9:10 am

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A guide to Parents

Using the principle of KISS (keep it short and simple) we suggest the following:

(1)    Set aside a consistent time each day for your family devotions. Gather your family together and pray a short opening prayer, such as, “Lord, help us to understand Your Word and apply it to our lives. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”

(2)    Read the day’s portion(s) of Scripture out loud (perhaps one day together, other time responsively, or taking turns. Be creative and be mindful what works for your family dynamic). I suggest using the New Revised Standard Version, which is one of the easiest modern-day translations to understand.

(3)    Interact with the questions provided to provoke dialogue. This will help train you and your child(ren) to discover for themselves spiritual principles that the text is teaching. It’s important that each of you can answer the questions:

  1. What does the passage say? (observation)
  2. What does the passage mean? i.e. What is the author saying? (interpretation)
  3. How does the meaning of the passage apply to me? (application)

(4)    Give others time to respond to the questions asked. Sometimes, you may need to provide a hint. Don’t be afraid to provide further insight or correct erroneous answers by pointing to words or phrases in the text that can clarify their understanding. Remember, be patient.

(5)    Allow your child(ren) to interrupt at any time with questions, but work towards a discussion about how each of you may apply what you’ve learned in your daily life.

(6)    Then spend a few minutes praying together. The idea is to teach your child(ren) to pray out loud sincerely and comfortably. Prayer can easily become ritualistic and meaningless. To prevent this, here’s a few suggestions:

  1. Pray “sentence prayers”—each person prays a sentence or two and prays at various times.
  2. Pray using the sequence: God, Others, Us. Give each family member a different part of the sequence to pray.
  3. Pray topically—pray about a certain topic; then mention another concern for prayer; pray through several requests.
  4. Place prayer requests on slips of paper and draw to determine who will pray for each request.
  5. Gather around a person, lay hands on him/her and pray for them.
  6. Pray in pairs.
  7. Pray with a map.
  8. Take a prayer walk—stop at critical spots in your community to pray (bus stop, shop, unsaved neighbour, someone who is sick or elderly, a church, a school, clinic, police station, etc.).
  9. Pass out pictures of friends and family—each person can pray for the person pictured.
  10. Write out your prayers.
  11. Suggest a “prayer starter;” others finish (e.g., “Lord you are so good because…you send rain on the good and bad alike…while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us…”).
  12. Go outside and pray with your eyes open.

(7)    End your devotional time with a short song and hugs all around. The song suggested for this week is, “What a friend we have in Jesus.”