Read, Pray, Sing


Doing Family Worship Right

Key Bible Verse: Worship the Lord with gladness. Come before him, singing with joy. For the Lord is good. His unfailing love continues forever, and his faithfulness continues to each generation. (Psalm 100:2,5)

Dig Deeper: Psalm 100

Read the Bible. Chapter by chapter, read through books of the Bible together. The younger the children, the more you will want to use narrative passages and read shorter sections. As the children get older, set a goal to read through the entire New Testament, and later through the entire Bible. [Make sure you] read enthusiastically and interpretatively. It is the Word of God – read it to the best of your ability.

Pray. Whether prayer is offered by [you] only, or by someone [you] designate, or by each member of [your] family in turn, be sure to pray together. Some people keep a prayer list. Some simply ask for prayer requests from the family. Whatever your approach, pray about at least one thing suggested to you and your family by the Scripture passage you have read.

Sing. If possible, get songbooks for everyone. Your church may have some unused or older ones closeted away that you could acquire, perhaps at no cost. The lyrics of many older, public domain (that is, not copyrighted) songs are also available free on the Internet.

Some people sing a different song each time; some sing the same song for a week so they can learn it. As to music, some families sing along with recordings, while others use family musicians. My perception is that most families sing without accompaniment.

– Donald Whitney in Family Worship

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