Did you know that students don’t actually like to read their bible? Oh wait, you probably don’t either! Maybe you are the person who gets up at two hours early to pray for an hour, meditate for 30 minutes, work out for 60 minutes, and reads their bible for 60 minutes. Most students think of reading their bible as a chore, a check off their Jesus to-do list, or simply just don’t read it and say they do. This is a glaring problem and I want to give you a few tips for creating excitement and passion for God’s Word.
Constantly remind your students the authority and importance that God’s word has in your family’s life. Tell them stories of how scripture has shaped you. Do they know your favorite verse(s)? Do they know your life verse(s)? Your frontal lobes have developed completely while your teenager’s have not or are in the beginning stages of developing. This means that you can create and maintain habits quicker. If you model carving out time in your day to read God’s Word and pray, I promise they will see it and remember it.
Psalm 119:9-16 states:
9 How can a young person stay on the path of purity? By living according to your word. 10 I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands. 11 I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. 12 Praise be to you, Lord; teach me your decrees. 13 With my lips I recount all the laws that come from your mouth. 14 I rejoice in following your statutes as one rejoices in great riches. 15 I meditate on your precepts and consider your ways. 16 I delight in your decrees
Memorize scripture as a family. Please don’t tell me you aren’t able memorize or retain information because I know you can sing along to “Shake It Off” or list your favorite teams starting roster. You have the ability to memorize; it will just take time and work. If you are in a small group, the Ephesians book is providing you with a verse to memorize each week. This is a great place to start.
Pray for your students. They should be at the top of your oikos card. Ask God regularly to create passion and excitement in their heart for His Word. Tell your student you are praying for them, that you love them, and that you want them to love God’s Word.