From: 101 Ways to Strengthen the Parent‐Child Connection
Devotions, Tips, and Activities
By: Michael and Tiffany Ross
The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word.
Plug in a radio, a clock, and a lamp and position them on a table. Next, place a glass of water, some healthy snacks, and a Bible on the table. Say this: “Many things in this world are powered by electricity, but people are fueled by food and water. And in order to grow spiritually, we need God’s Word.” One by one, unplug the appliances. Now talk about how Christians stay plugged into our “Power Source”: God.
Talk It Out
· What happened when I unplugged the appliances?
· What would happen to us if we didn’t eat food or drink water?
· Now think about our relationship with Jesus. What would happen if we stopped praying and reading the Bible?
Following Jesus and growing closer to Him is an interactive experience. “Come near to God and he will come near to you” (James 4:8). It’s both private and public. It involves our heart (prayer, worship) and our head (Bible study, church attendance). And as we linger in God’s presence—praising Him or closing our eyes and mouths and just being still before Him—it’s as if we get a high-voltage spiritual zap. Prayer, worship, and Bible study build us into stronger Christians. Help your child understand that during our devotional times with God, we should (1) give Him our praise, (2) give Him our thanks, and (3) give Him our whole heart—freely sharing everything that’s inside. But we shouldn’t (1) go through the motions of an empty ritual, (2) approach Him with wrong motives, (3) use our devotional times as a means of getting something, (4) treat these special moments as optional in our lives. God wants us to spend time with Him. It pleases Him, and it plugs our lives into the ultimate Power Source. And if we stay plugged in, those high-voltage spiritual zaps will gradually transform us into high-voltage Christians!
Talk to God
As you pray, encourage your child to (1) thank Jesus for being our source for good things in life and (2) ask the Lord to help us stay spiritually healthy through prayer and Bible reading.
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