The Positive Impact of Daily Bible Reading and Prayer On Children

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The Positive Impact of Daily Bible Reading and Prayer On Children

In Hosea 4:6, God declares through the prophet, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge . . .” Proverbs 22:6 reads, “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.” The knowledge and training come from learning God’s word and through prayer.

The world is filled with distractions that pull children in directions that do not yield anything of lasting worth. No video game has ever made a child a better leader, a better friend or a better parent. However, contained within the word of God are fundamental truths when learned as children that follow them into adulthood. The Bible teaches us about faith and service to God. It teaches us about forgiveness and the purity of unselfish love.

The Bible teaches us about Jesus and his sacrifice on the cross. It tells us how he arose from the dead on the third day. That same Bible gives believers a Great Commission to take that Gospel (the Good News) with us sharing it as we go. These are just some of the things that following a daily Bible reading or devotional plan teaches children.

The apostle Paul taught in Romans 10:14-16 that faith comes when people hear the message. However, he inquires as to how people are going to hear the message unless there is someone to proclaim it? Teaching children God’s word equips them to take the truths of it with them no matter where they go in life. It gives them the ability to apply it to their own lives as well as share it with others.

Prayer is communication in real time today between the believer and God. Teach children that they can go to God in prayer for not only the things they need but also to speak to him as a child would to a loving father. The positive influence of studying God’s word as well as time spent in prayer with him carries a child through life and into an eternity where Jesus will one day say, “Well done good and faithful servant . . .”

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