Helpful Reminders

FRIDAY, JUNE 17, 2016

Doing Family Worship Right

Key Bible Verse: So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up. (Galatians 6:9)

Dig Deeper: Hebrews 10:19-25

Consider these three reminders for your family’s daily worship of God:

Brevity. Be brief, otherwise the experience can become tedious. A good average time to read the Bible, pray, and sing is roughly ten minutes, perhaps less if you have very small children. It is usually easy to lengthen the time if the occasion seems to be especially meaningful and family members are asking questions.

Regularity. Try to have a regular time each day for family worship. For some people it works best early in the morning before the family scatters. For others, the most convenient time is at the close of the evening meal. If this is your choice, part of setting the table might including putting the Bible and songbooks close at hand. A third popular time for family is late in the evening or just before bedtime.

Flexibility. Whatever time you choose, consider the wisdom of adapting a time when the family is already accustomed to being together, rather than trying to create another routine gathering during the day. Of course, a set time for family worship each day does not fit the schedule of many families. Every family has to flex its worship time occasionally. Just be careful that your flexibility does not lead to inconsistency. The benefits [of family worship] will be worth whatever it costs.

– Donald Whitney in Family Worship


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