Our children pray a certain way because they’ve seen the way we pray. Indeed, imitation is a crucial part of child development. What children see around them, they often mirror. We have the incredibly important job of instilling culture into our kids. When we hear the word culture, we often think of the values and customs of a certain country, city, or even a church; but culture is always formed at home.
In the United States, our children do not learn English from the school system, but rather develop it further. Children do not go to school to learn English; they go to school with English. They’ve spent their entire lives in a home where English is consistently spoken, and they pick it up easily from being around it so much.
In the same way, we want to have children who come to their church, school, and city, already living a supernatural lifestyle. In fact, whether or not culture is expressed through the children is the way to truly recognize a culture.
Here are a few ways that you can create a culture in your home that demonstrates and guides your children to see and connect to God in daily life:
1. LET YOUR KIDS OBSERVE YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD
Asking God questions out loud throughout the day whenever and wherever! The desire is that our children can observe our relationship with God and how this relationship works in real life. Of course, we can make a point to ask these questions in a way that doesn’t seem like we’re talking to ourselves or over-spiritualizing our lives.
We also can lead our children to ask God questions too! When they don't know something or need direction in an area, you can encourage them to talk to God about it.
2. TEACH YOUR KIDS TO SEE GOD'S STORY IN EVERYTHING
For example, when we watch movies we can look for moments that could start a conversation about God.
I believe that God gave us this story (Him sending His son to die for our sins.), and many others, to help us understand Jesus clearer. By sharing these beliefs with our kids, we are teaching them that God is speaking to us all the time. By doing this we are letting them see the way their own dad and mom listen to hear God’s voice and we are teaching them to do the same.
3. MAKE BIBLE READING PERSONAL
When we read the Bible at home, Sometimes our children often want to read the same stories over and over. When children are drawn to a Bible story like this, it’s likely that they're attracted to the characters in the story because they share a similar calling or characteristics. We can take these opportunities to encourage our children and to speak destiny over them.
For example, your child might love the story of Moses. When you finish reading the story, you can tell them they are a great leader like Moses and that, like Moses, God is going to use them to help many people, set them free, and lead them. Also you can share revelations that God has given you personally about the stories you read, not just what the children's Bibles say.
As you can see, these are simple ways that we make God a part of our daily life and conversation with our kids. Our hope is that the norm of having God involved in all aspects of life creates a culture in their hearts.