Bible Reading Tips for Kids

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Bible reading plans for kids are great resources to help your children develop the habit of daily Bible reading. (See last week’s post here.) But along with a reading plan, here is a crucial reminder from Sally Michael for you to share with your children before they begin:

…you can read the Bible with your mind only and walk away with just information. You may know a little more, but it hasn’t changed you. You can also read the words but harden your heart against their convicting and healing power.

We are blind to the truth in God’s Word. Without the help of the Holy Spirit, we will read words but we won’t see spiritual truth. We are unable to open our hearts to the power of the Word of God. We desperately need God’s help.

(ESV Children’s Bible, page ix, © 2005)

While acknowledging our utter dependence on God to bring about understanding and transformation, we can give children some tips that may help them experience the rich benefits of God’s Word. I’ve adapted the following from what Sally Michael and I wrote for the ESV Children’s Bible:

Pray

We must approach the Word of God with the prayer that God will open our minds and hearts (Psalm 119:18, 34).

Meditate

You will get so much more out of the Bible if you think about what you read (2 Timothy 2:7). Read a short section, and then stop. THINK. Ask yourself questions about the passage, such as:

  • Who is speaking? To whom is he speaking?
  • What do the words mean?
  • Do the verses that come before and after help me to understand this passage?
  • What does this say about who God is and what He is like?
  • Does this passage say how we should act toward God?
  • What does this say about what people are like?
  • How does this passage point to our need for salvation in Jesus?
  • Is there a command to be obeyed, or a promise to trust?
  • How does this passage show the greatness and worth of God—God the Father, Jesus the Son, the Holy Spirit?

Apply

Remember that as you read God’s Word, God is speaking to you. The stories in the Bible tell about things that happened in the past, but they are also intended to give understanding today. We should always respond to the Word of God. Sometimes our response may be recognizing an action we need to take, or an attitude or idea we need to change. It may be a prayer that comes from our heart, a decision we make, or a sinful attitude or action we must confess. After discovering what God is asking of us in his Word, we must then go and do it (Hebrews 4:12; James 1:25).

 

 

Written by Jill Nelson

Jill Nelson

Jill Nelson is a wife, mother, grandmother, teacher and author. She has taught Sunday School for over 20 years and writes God-centered curriculum for Children Desiring God.

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