Family Devotions

The MomCo Staff

Family devotions are times when family members come together to connect with God and each other through prayer, Bible reading, discussion and worship. Setting aside consistent time for family spiritual growth is one of the most important things we can do.  

The benefits of family devotions are numerous. Devotions build stronger relationships as you learn more about each other and God together. They help instill moral values and a biblical worldview in children from a young age. Family devotions also allow parents to fulfill their responsibility to spiritually lead and nurture their kids. Children who regularly participate in family worship are more likely to cultivate a lifelong Christian faith. 

In this post, we’ll explore practical tips to make family devotions life-giving and sustainable. From keeping them short and simple to getting creative and making them interactive, you’ll find ideas to help cultivate meaningful spiritual time with those you love most. Let’s prioritize coming together as a family to connect with God. 


Make it a Priority  

Making family devotions a consistent habit requires intention and commitment. Many families struggle to maintain regular time together in God’s word because life is busy and schedules clash. However, carving out even 10-15 minutes a day to read scripture, pray and discuss biblical truths as a family unit should be a top priority.  

Setting a routine time is crucial for establishing a devotional habit. Figure out what time works best for your family – perhaps first thing in the morning, after dinner, or before bedtime. Schedule it on the calendar so it becomes ingrained. Wake up 15 minutes earlier or have kids start getting ready for bed earlier if needed. Treat it as any other important appointment that cannot be missed or rescheduled. Post reminders and have accountability to stick with it. The key is making it part of your daily rhythm. 

Establishing family devotional time as a non-negotiable priority demonstrates its value and models the importance of daily spiritual nourishment. Life will always be busy, so proactively carving out space for God’s word protects that sacred time together amidst the hustle and bustle of everyday demands. 


Keep it Short  

Aim to keep family devotions to 10-15 minutes. Children have short attention spans, so it’s best not to drag devotionals on too long. Set a timer if needed to help keep things moving efficiently.   

Focus on having one key lesson or takeaway, rather than packing too much in. Quality over quantity is best when it comes to family spiritual time. Kids will retain more from a short, but meaningful devotional than a long, drawn-out time. 


Make it Interactive   

Getting kids engaged and participating in family devotions is key. One of the best ways to do this is by making it interactive. Ask lots of questions and encourage discussion. Get input from your kids on what they are learning and what verses mean to them. Make it a two-way conversation, not just a lecture.  

Also, have your kids take turns reading verses or sections out loud. By giving them an active role, they will pay closer attention. Let them read age-appropriate sections or even just a few verses at a time. This helps them practice reading aloud and keeps them involved. The more interactive you make it, the more meaningful family devotions will be for your kids. 


Use Creativity  

Getting creative with your family devotions can help keep everyone engaged and interested. Think outside the box when picking activities and tailor them to your kids’ ages and abilities. Here are some ideas to spark your imagination: 

  • Use props or act out Bible stories. Kids love to get up and move around. Reenacting stories helps them visualize what’s happening. Use toys, costumes or other items around your house as props. Assign characters and let the kids play act as you read.  
  • Make a Bible timeline. Print out or draw pictures depicting major Bible events. Have the kids put them in order and create a storyline on a roll of butcher paper. Hang up your timeline for a hands-on visual aid. 
  • Play Bible trivia. Older kids especially enjoy showing off their knowledge during a game of trivia. Use review questions or make it competitive with teams. Offer small prizes for correct answers. 
  • Do themed activities. Pick a theme like Jesus’ miracles or Proverbs and do a matching game, word search, craft or song to drive home the main idea. This helps connect different stories. 
  • Use sensory experiences. Preschoolers learn through senses like touch, smell, sound, etc. Incorporate sensory components like shining flashlights during Creation or spraying water bottles to simulate the Red Sea parting.  

Getting creative and keeping little hands active will make family devotion time more memorable and meaningful. Don’t be afraid to try new things tailored to your family’s interests and abilities! 


Focus on Relationships 

Family devotions provide a wonderful opportunity to draw family members closer together. More important than checking off a religious duty, this time should be relational, with a focus on connecting as a family.   

Plan activities that get people interacting and sharing about their lives. Ask fun icebreaker questions or play quick bonding games before diving into spiritual matters. Encourage everyone to put down devices and give each other their full attention.  

Make it a judgement-free time where family can open up without fear. Be understanding when someone is going through a difficult season spiritually. Focus on meeting them where they’re at rather than forcing participation. Gentle encouragement works better than guilt and pressure. 

When conversations get personal, listen well. Avoid quick fixes and unsolicited advice. Simply being present together creates intimacy. God can use those moments to draw hearts closer to Him and to each other.   

Approach family devotions as a blessing rather than an obligation. Keep the focus on cherishing time together and growing closer. The spiritual benefits will naturally follow. 


Keep it Simple 

When it comes to family devotions, it’s best to keep things simple. Avoid feeling like you need complex lesson plans or activities. The core elements of family devotional time should simply be Bible reading, prayer and discussion together.  

Focus on reading a passage from the Bible, then spending time praying together. Keep prayers simple and conversational, giving everyone a chance to speak. Then have an open discussion about what you read and what it means for your family. The goal is heart connection, not just information transfer. The more elaborate you make it, the harder it is to maintain consistency. 

Don’t worry if family devotions don’t look like an advanced Sunday School class. The simple habits of God’s Word, prayer and sharing our lives are what make family devotions meaningful. Allow God’s Spirit to apply his Word to each heart. The priority is time together, not complex teaching. Keep it simple. 


Make it Relevant 

Relevance is key for engaging kids in family devotions. Children are more likely to tune out or lose interest if the message seems disconnected from their daily lives. Try to tie biblical truths and lessons into what your kids are experiencing at their age and stage of development.  

For example, if your kids are starting a new school year, you could talk about scriptures related to diligence, working hard, or treating others with kindness. If they have sports tryouts coming up, focus on verses about perseverance, courage and confidence in God. Always aim to help kids see how God’s Word applies to their real-world situations.  

In addition to making content relatable, encourage participation by asking thoughtful questions. Have kids give examples of how they can live out the lesson or biblical principle in their routines. When they feel invested in the learning process, they are more engaged and excited to apply the message. Relevance activates the heart and mind. 


Address Challenges 

Family devotions can sometimes be challenging to maintain consistently. Life gets busy, and it’s easy to let things slide. Here are some tips for overcoming common struggles: 


  • Set a regular time that works for your family’s schedule. Consistency is key, so pick a time you can stick to daily. 
  • Make it part of your routine like brushing teeth or eating dinner. When it’s built into your daily habits, it’s easier to maintain. 
  • Use reminders and calendars to keep your family on track with devotions. Mark it on the calendar or set phone alerts. 
  • Start small, if needed. Even 5-10 minutes of devotional time can make an impact. Don’t overwhelm your family. 
  • Re-evaluate, if needed. If your schedule changes, pick a new regular time. Flexibility is important. 


  • Make it interactive and discussion-based. Ask questions and get feedback rather than just lecturing. 
  • Appeal to different learning styles – incorporate music, art, drama, etc.  
  • Adjust based on ages and attention spans of children. Make it short and active for younger kids. 
  • Focus on relationships and bonding during family devotional time. Priority should be spiritual growth. 
  • If kids resist, examine when and how you’re doing devotions. Adjust the approach to increase engagement. 
  • Don’t force it. Make it relational. Do child-led devotions periodically to increase buy-in. 

The key is grace. When you face challenges, reflect on what’s working and what’s not. Then adapt your approach to make family devotions life-giving rather than duty-driven. 


Family devotions can seem daunting, but they don’t have to be! The key is keeping things simple, interactive and focused on relationships. Even just a few minutes a day reading the Bible, praying and discussing together can make a big difference.  

As we wrap up, let’s quickly recap the main tips: 

  • Make family devotions a daily priority. 
  • Keep them short and simple.  
  • Get creative and make it interactive for the kids. 
  • Focus more on connecting with each other than getting through material. 
  • Pick topics and verses relevant to your family’s current needs 

I hope these ideas inspire you! God can use your imperfect family devotions in a mighty way. Don’t put it off any longer – start tonight! Gather together, open your Bibles, and draw closer as a family. 

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