“How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!'” ~ Romans 10:14, 15 NIV
When I was a child my parents always led us in family devotions. We would read a Scripture and pray before bedtime. One night my mom was reading the Scripture and it dawned on me that if I were to die I would spend eternity separated from God.
I knew I had done wrong things and had not asked God to forgive me and come into my heart. As I thought about how my family would be in heaven and I would not, my eyes filled with tears. Mom asked what was wrong. I told her what I was thinking. In a matter of fact way she asked, ”Well, would you like to ask God to forgive you and come into your heart?” I answered with a tear-filled yes. We prayed sitting on my bed and my eternity was changed forever. That was not the first night we had done family devotions. We had devotion time all of my life, but that night my heart was ready. That night I had a realization of my sin and the consequences of it.
You may be like my parents and have participated in nightly family devotion time. If so, keep on. If not, now is a great time to start. It is not too late. Your children are your first mission field. You can start simply with a children’s Bible story book. As your children get older, start reading from the Bible. There are many devotion books for families at your local Christian bookstore. No matter what you choose to use, start now.
Please pray for moms and dads today. Pray that they will draw close to the Lord and will have confidence in leading their children to know Christ.