Talking to Children about God

One of the real joys that parents have is talking to their children about God. What a difference it can make in their lives now and forever. While churches and Christian day schools teach children about God, the home is still the most important place to teach your children about God. It is a responsibility of parents, as well as a joy.

"You have been taught the holy Scriptures from childhood, and they have given you the wisdom to receive the salvation that comes by trusting Christ Jesus" (2 Timothy 3:15, NLT). Children may come to faith in Christ as a result of their parents talking with them. God's word planted in their hearts will make a difference in their lives.

Talk to children on their age level. A parent may start by teaching simple truths about God, such as God is good or God is love. The first prayer that I learned was from my mother as a preschool child: "God is great. God is good. Let us thank him for our food. By his hand we are fed. Give us Lord our daily bread. Amen." Such a simple prayer taught me about the greatness and goodness of God. It was my first theology lesson on my age level.

Talk to children about Bible stories. Many books are available in Christian bookstores to teach children the Bible stories on their age level. You may read the stories to them. As they get older, children may learn by reading Bible stories. Then, they may want to ask you questions.

Talk to children about God from your experience. They need to know how you as a parent relate to God. Once again, it needs to be according to their age level. Choose words that they may easily understand. Be ready to answer their questions. As they get older, tell them more details about your faith in God and commitment to Christ.

Pray with your children. Make sure they know that prayer is really talking to God in your own words. Pray with them. They will remember those times for the rest of their lives. Prayer is not just something we do at church or in public. It is at the heart of our personal relationship with God.

Teach your children by example. They watch you. They model your behavior. What you say must match what you do. They are listening and watching you. We teach by example. Most importantly, they should experience God's love through you.