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Family Devotion

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22 November 2022

And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes. And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates. (Deuteronomy 6:6-9)

The devotion of good parents to their families goes beyond providing care, shelter, clothing and secular education to the children. The family devotion required of every family begins with the way the parents prepare themselves to become a useful instrument in the hand of God capable, ready and available to inculcate godly instructions into the lives of their children. It includes preparing oneself in the knowledge of the word of God so that the word may abound in our hearts. We have to know and understand the word of God before we can impact our knowledge and understanding unto our children. “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15

DUTY OF TEACHING—Deuteronomy 6:6

The duty of teaching the word of God is first of all given to the parent because these children reside with the parents most of the time. They wake up in the home of the parent in the morning. Perhaps they have their breakfast, lunch and dinner at home and finally they sleep in the home of the parent in the night. The children are very close to their parent, they easily understand the language of the parent and they also have the grace of asking their parent any question relating to the word of God. Finally they easily believe the instruction of the parent because they knew that their parents love them and strongly believe that they will not mislead them.

The parent must put into practice the truth they are teaching the children. They must not only talk the talk, they must walk the talk. Children learn from hand-on practical experience they learn from their parents. When the children begin to watch the practical Christian living of their parents, they easily assimilate the precepts thereof and incorporate it to the ways of their lives.


Diligence is the watch word in the way we should ensure that the children are taught in the way of the Lord. Diligently must be the intensity of the way we teach our children.

Timing and sequence of teaching—is suggesting that we should make use of the time and grace available to us to teach our children the word of God

  • when we sit at home—maybe in the morning when we gather together for morning devotion or in the evening during night devotion
  • when we walk by the way—to the school or to the farm whatever may be the case
  • when we lie down—unlike Western world, children sleep near their parent in other places
  • when we rise up—

We are in the days of iphone, ipad, internet, television, worldly music and other kinds of evil vices. Obviously, this is suggesting that whenever the opportunity avail itself, we must use it to teach our children the word of God so that worldliness will not take the place of God in their lives.


  • The word of God must be our guide before we do anything with our hands
  • We must see the world around us through the mirror of the word of God
  • It must be a symbol upon the post of our home and our gates so that the world around may identify with God Almighty

It is also the responsibilities of the children to listen to the guidance and teaching of their parents. “My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments: For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee. Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart: So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man.” (Proverbs 3:1-4)


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