Do you believe that God wants to speak to children?
We read of it in His Word, and hear of it from children. I can give personal testimony that as a child, I experienced God speaking to me. God speaks to children!
God Speaks to us through the Bible
There are many ways in which God speaks to us, but one of the most clear ways – and the standard against which we measure everything else — is the Bible!
The Bible is God’s Word to us.
I don’t know about you, but I want my kids to listen for and hear God’s voice. I want them to be able to discern His voice over the clamor of the world, and I want my kids to believe and obey what God says — to do what is right even if no one else does.
One of the ways I can help my kids recognize God’s voice is to teach them God’s Word and help them to read the Bible on their own.
A Bible Reading Challenge for Kids
I created this simple Bible reading challenge to help kids spend time in God’s Word.
Since we are in the “love month,” February, all of the verses are focused on how God loves us, how He helps us to love others, and expressing our love back to God.
The challenge is simple :: Read one short Scripture passage every day. Mark each day off with a sticker or an X as you read. I challenged my Sunday School kids to bring their challenge sheet back to me each Sunday for a prize (**see note below), and I’ve included two “extra challenges.” The first is two questions to help the kids respond; the second, a memorization challenge.
You might opt to read the passages together as a family or one on one with your child, or you might encourage your child to read the passage on his own, helping him to develop his own personal quiet time. Or maybe you choose to mix it up depending on the day!
God’s Word is living and active, powerful and effective. Pray for your kids as they read God’s Word. Pray that God’s Spirit will speak to them as they read. I also encourage my kids to start off their Bible reading time with a simple prayer like this:
“God, I believe the Bible is your word, and I want to hear your voice. Please speak to me while I read.”
Can you imagine what our communities will be like if we raise a generation of kids who listen to and obey God’s voice? Who believe and live out His Word? Who love God with all of their hearts and love others as themselves?
We can start here.
**Completing a Bible reading plan does not, of course, “save” someone. Salvation comes through Jesus alone. Finishing the plan also does not make God love us any more, just as missing a few days or failing completely doesn’t make Him love us any less. Whenever presenting a challenge like this, I always discuss these ideas with the kids, asking questions and sharing truth.
We do go on to discuss, however, that Jesus told us to abide in His love, and one way we can abide, or remain, in His love is by spending time with Him and listening to His voice. Reading the Bible is one way to do that. Spending time in God’s Word helps us know God better and grow in Him, and that is what makes this challenge so important.
Resources for You ::
- Clean on the Inside :: A Family Devotional for Holy Week
- Resources for Family Devotions
- Praying Scripture for our kids
- When you don’t love God’s Word
- Praying for our kids to be saved
- Teach us to pray!