Recommended at age 7+
Establish the practice of adoring God personally, at home, at church and as a lifestyle.
Worship is our response to the greatness of God. Many Christians limit the concept to singing songs in church. We need to help our children understand that worship involves much more than attending a weekend service. Worship is both an action and an attitude. Scripture says that true worship begins in the heart of the believer (John 4:23). Worship involves taking the focus off of ourselves and directing our attention toward God, who He is and what He has done. We may be great multi-taskers who can accomplish multiple things at once, but real worship only occurs when we give God our complete and sole attention.
Actually, children don’t need to be taught how to worship, but whom to worship. Most kids idolize heroes from the world of sports, music and television. They memorize every statistic and detail about this or that celebrity. In other words, they “worship” in the purest form by focusing their complete attention on someone they admire rather than on themselves. It is our job to help them see the wonder of our awesome God. The best way to teach your child how to worship God on a personal level is by doing it yourself, modeling a life of worship with your words and actions. Allow your child to experience the “wow” of who God is. Intentionally point out the amazing things that God has done and is doing.
It is also important to spend time worshipping together at home and at church. Create family worship experiences using songs, prayer and scripture. Make public worship a priority by gathering with other believers to focus on God through the same elements.
Ways to Worship
Make it a priority to help your child discover real worship. Use the following ideas to get started:
- Spend a few minutes around the table or in the car, taking turns saying something about God and what He has done. Try to avoid mentioning yourselves; focus completely on Him.
- Play songs of worship or make music together using instruments to create a fun time of family worship in song. Psalm 100:20 says to “Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.”
- Worship God out-of-doors as you appreciate and enjoy his creation. Go for a “worship hike” for the sole purpose of noticing the things he has created, and thanking Him.
- Plan a family vacation with a worship theme. Be intentional about using your time away to focus on God’s goodness.
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