We are so excited you have committed to do these family devotions for Holy Week! It is our privilege to come alongside you and equip you as you raise your children to know and love God! We hope you find these devotions helpful each night as you discuss some difficult topics. Our hope is to prepare your hearts and minds to reflect on and better understand the sacrifice Jesus made and the need for it in the first place.
Thank so much for joining us on this journey!
— Providence Children’s Ministry Team
Here are a few pointers to help these special times go as smoothly as possible.
- First – Be consistent! With anything new in parenting, consistency is KEY! Especially when you are trying to instill a new habit like family devotions, so pick a time that works for everyone and try to be consistent every day.
- Second – Prepare ahead of time! As parents, we don’t have to know all the answers, but it would be nice if we knew what was coming so we could be prepared. To get the most out of these devotions, take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with the material BEFORE you introduce it to your kids! If your kids DO ask you a question you don’t know the answer to, don’t be afraid to say, “I don’t know.” Kids love to stump us, and when we affirm them for asking a great question, it lets them know that hard questions don’t scare us! It also encourages them to keep thinking!
- Third – Make sure you have a computer and a bible! With each devotional we are going to be watching a video and then diving into God’s Word to see what He has to say about what we are studying! If you don’t have a paper bible, make sure you have a bible app downloaded on your phone! (We recommend the Youversion app)
- Last – Always start and end with prayer! True followers of Jesus have the Holy Spirit living inside of us, and He is our teacher. Open up each devotion by asking God to reveal Himself to you and your family, and close out each devotion by thanking God for what you have learned. Closing prayers are also a great time to involve the kids and let them pray. It doesn’t matter what words they use or how long or short it is…God loves it when we talk to Him!
A prayer for you and your family.
As you start this week off, here is what we are praying for your families!
God our Father, we worship you tonight for the privilege of drawing near to Your throne of grace with confidence because of the sacrifice Your Son, Jesus Christ. God, we know that You are delighted when we devote our time and energy into learning more about You, so we ask that through the power of Your Spirit, You will be our teacher this week. Guide us into all truth and reveal Yourself to us! God, I ask You to give our families doing this devotion a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of who You are. I pray that the eyes of our hearts may be enlightened, so that we will know You. God, I pray that you would grant these families, according to the riches of Your glory, to be strengthened with power through Your Spirit, so that Christ may dwell in their hearts through faith, and that they would be rooted and grounded in love. God, I pray that they would be able to comprehend the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, so that they will be filled up to all the fullness of God*. Amen.
*Ephesians 2:17-19; 4:16-19