But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 19:14)
Kids do not have to be a certain age to meet with God. Instilling the spiritual discipline of daily meeting with God while your child is young, will set them up for success later in life.
If you want your child’s personal devotional life to be thriving, you need to model it: first by being diligent in your own personal walk with God, and secondly by having regular family devotions.
Effective Family Devotions 1 – Dr. James Dobson Broadcast
Effective Family Devotions 2 – Dr. James Dobson Broadcast
Family Walk (Weekly Family Devotional Book)
52 Simple Ways to Teach your Child to Pray
Prayer is foundational to a relationship with the Lord. Take time to truly invest in your children and mentor them in their prayer lives. Remind your children that they can talk to God anytime, not just in their daily quiet time.
Books for Kids
The Power of a Praying Kid – Stormie Omartian (ages 7-12)
What Happens When I Talk to God? – Stormie Omartian (ages 3-7)
Peter’s Perfect Prayer Place (ages 4-8)
This Means War: A Strategic Prayer Journal (target age: teen, but it’s excellent for ages 8-12 too.)
Resources for Parents
Prayer Works: Prayer Strategy and Training for Kids
Eyes that See & Ears that Hear – Jennifer Toledo
Teaching Kids to Pray
5 Tips for Helping Kids Learn to Pray
10-Minute Devotions for Kids
The Word of God is living and active. We believe the Holy Spirit can minister to children as they read even if they completely comprehend what they’re reading or not. However, it is extremely beneficial to choose a Bible your child can understand for maximum impact.
The Toddler’s Bible
The Jesus Storybook Bible
The Complete Illustrated Children’s Bible
The Action Bible
The International Children’s Bible – 3rd Grade Reading Level
Early Readers Bible by V. Gilbert Beers
Audio Bible for Kids CEV word for word, dramatized New Testament
Other Great Bible’s
Kids Devotional Books
Devotional books are a great tool to help kids understand and apply the Bible.
My Precious Moments with God (CEF PRESS)
Jesus Calling – Sarah Young
Indescribable – Louie Giglio
Wonder devotional (ages 9-12)
Every day with God (ages 6-8)
All CEF Devotional Books
Love God Greatly Devotions for Kids
Compassion Online Devotions
We are not content for our children to merely read the Bible, we want them to understand and apply what they learn.
Exodus Books Resources
Answers Book for Kids – Ken Ham
Halley’s Bible Handbook for Kids
How the Bible Came to Us: The Story of the Book that Changed the World
Early Reader’s Big Book of Bible Learning – V. Gilbert Beers
The 5 Rs Bible Study Method
We strongly encourage children and parents to keep a journal. This is a great way to keep track of testimonies, Bible study insights, and words from the Lord, etc.