Many students have been getting in shape for Fall Sports. The earlier they started, the better. The same is true for young Jesus disciples headed back to school. Who will become their new best friend? What media will be the subject of conversation? How will your student navigate new choices? The older they get the more independent they should become--independent of you as they become dependent on God.
Daily Bible reading, meditation and prayer are exercises and drills which bring future success in spiritual fitness. Hearing from God is what must become their greatest treasure and value. This is possible with intentionality, effort and teamwork. There is great reward.
Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me. He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love him and show myself to him." John 14:21
How does one begin a devotional habit? Some will take Proverbs and read daily the chapter with the same number as the day of the month. Others will follow a devotional like "My Daily Bread”. The computer or phone app YouVersion has many reading plans and ways to share your insights with others. I like the practice Pastor Steve has mentioned he and Eli do--text each other each day a verse they read and what God is saying to them through it.
Set a time and place, choose a reasonable amount of time to start out with...maybe 10 or 15 minutes and follow with prayer. Start somewhere and if you miss a day, just pick up where you left off. Sharing with another person will be a great relationship builder--a true friendship maker. You may not see or recognize the forward progress, but you are laying up for the future. When a big day where your faith is tested comes, you will have spiritual fitness to equal the task. Your relationship building with God will pay off.
At what age does one begin this? Well--being able to read or sit still long enough to be read-to would be the place to start. The big game may be the 1st day of school. ~Pastor Andy