WELCOME TO THE 21 DAY FAST || DAY 15 : JAN 18, 2016
It's Monday of the last week, I encourage you all to keep strong! If temptation comes look at in the face like Jesus did the devil during his 40 days in the desert and say, “Man does not live on bread alone, but every word that comes from the mouth of God” (Matt 4:4).
Deuteronomy 11:18-20 says: “Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. (Here comes my favorite part.) Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.”
I like to think this is God’s vision for children’s ministry. Mom and dad this vision is for you because children’s ministry starts at home. I would like to share with you a testimony from a mom, who at a time of fasting had a moment with one of her kids; it was a moment of ministry at home.
This mom had shared that her son had been having bad dreams, ones that were causing some anxiety in him. She had started reading a book on dreams and in that book was a prayer that she felt lead to start praying daily. Well one day she went to her son and said, “Let’s go have some fun.” He said “ok”, so they began talking about dreams and how they were going to help him get rid of his bad dreams. They prayed the prayer that she had learned and her son, who has been a little hesitant at this point, became totally open. As they were praying she asked for the fire of God to fall upon them. She said that at that point her son had become so HOT, that she began to laugh and her sons’ response was, “Ummm okay that was cool.
Now, that’s children’s ministry at home and we need to expect God encounters where ever we are at. That’s what it’s all about. Families please don’t be tempted to lose any time in your day without spending a moment with your kids teaching them.
· They need to hear you read the word of God to them.
· They need a moment of prayer with you.
I know even for myself when I saw my father spend time in the word and worshiping God one morning during my time with them, this spoke so much to my heart even though I’m out of the house now, and gave me a secure feeling of knowing that my father is still the spiritual leader of my family. So parents, please take a moment to pray with your kids before they go out the door to school, and read the word before they go to sleep. Don’t let a day go by, finish strong till the very end.
Pastor Shannon Aloo
Children Pastor NLWC