The Bible is full of God’s Promises, in fact the whole book is one big promise of love and redemption. These promises are the very things that will carry us through life’s difficulties and fill our lives with hope and joy. God’s promises are the most important thing we can teach our children to hold on to.
How to Teach Your Children to Hold on to God’s Promises
How do you teach your children to hold on to God’s promises?
- Repeat them often to each other
- Believe them yourself and testify
- Claim them together through prayer
- Put your faith into action by helping others
Repeat them often
One of the messages that Scripture repeats often is to teach it to your children. Pass it down. Before your children can read for themselves they should already know that God loves them, He will never leave them, He promises to protect, to guard, to comfort, to help, to listen, to heal, and the list goes on and on. In Deuteronomy we are told to tell our children about God when we are sitting, walking, and about to sleep. One of my favorite verses is in Psalms 78 which says:
Give ear, O my people, to my teaching, incline your ears to the words of my mouth! I will open my mouth in a parable; I will utter dark sayings from of old, things that we have heard and known, that our fathers have told us. We will not hide them from their children, but tell to the coming generations the glorious deeds of the Lord, and his might and the wonders that he has done.
Make a list of your favorite promises of God or ones that you think your children can comprehend at their current age. If they are small, make up a song with motions you can do together. If they are old enough to read, leave little notes around the house and see who can find the most promises. For an older tween or teen, weave them into conversations or into your prayers with them at night. The most important thing is that they hear from you the things that God promises to those who love Him.
Believe them yourself and testify
I remember when I first went into Children’s Ministry. This was also the time in my life that I had just started becoming acquainted with the more supernatural things of God, such as hearing Him speak, feeling His presence, receiving the baptism of the Holy Spirit, and healing of the sick. I heard God tell me specifically during a teacher’s prayer meeting these words, “Teach them as though you have seen it and they will see it!”.
I was to teach with conviction, passion, and excitement the things God says in His Word, even those things I had never experienced as though I had just seen it happen yesterday. His promise to me then and to you as well is that our children will see it!
If you don’t have a personal testimony to tell, tell someone else’s whom you trust or find an account in Scripture to celebrate. Kids love fascinating stories, especially teens. They love the thrill of goose bumps on their arms.
God’s supernatural ways can out goose the worlds any day, we just have to talk about it!
Claim them together through prayer
Be open and honest with your kids about things that are on your family prayer list. Make sure that your focus, however, is on the hope we have in God’s promises not on the tragedy of a situation. If you have a need write it down in a journal or prayer notebook that everyone can see. Next to it have someone write down the promise of God you are claiming. When God answers your prayer, write down the date and celebrate. You will be creating a testimony book that your children can share with their children.
Put your faith into action by helping others
Pray and ask God how you might be able to be the answer to someone’s prayers. Again, include your children in this prayer time and give them the opportunity to share what God is telling them. If we are called to be His hands and feet, then lets put those things into action. Share God’s promises with those in need and pray with them too!
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What promises are you claiming for your family? We would love to join with you in prayer and celebrate in your victories! Leave us a comment below:)