The old adage says that a family that prays together, stays together. This has proven true in many, many families. Sometimes it is easier to establish the habit of family devotions by having a book to help guide the family through the Bible and keep them on track. Whether you want to have the same book for a year or whether you prefer to have a new book each month, the devotionals listed below can be a great help in keeping your family devotions going smoothly.
There are two sections: holiday studies and general devotions. This is because certain times of the year seem to lend themselves to deeper study about the holiday itself, such as Christmas and Easter. Since these studies are meant for a specific time of year, they are listed separately to be more easily identified.
Specific Holiday Studies
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This devotional highlights the presence of Christ throughout the Bible, encouraging families to worship the Savior, and includes practical activities. Meant for children ages 5-10, this devotional is excellent for Lent, but even families who choose not to observe Lent can still use this to show how all of Scripture centers on Christ.
These 48 devotions are meant to help families focus on Jesus during the weeks leading up to Easter. Study about Jesus’ earthly life and the ministry He fulfilled in His time here.
Object lessons accompany 5-minute devotions for spiritual growth during the Lenten season leading up to Easter.
Spend tend minutes a day for two weeks with the family teaching about Jesus’ last days on earth. Learn about the significance of Palm Sunday, the death, resurrection, and what happened afterward. Hymn and activity suggestions help to reinforce the lessons for the whole family.
Christmas can be chaotic, but it does not have to focus on the earthly, material things. This devotional refocuses families on the real reason for Christmas throughout the Advent season.
Celebrate the life on earth of Christ, following Him through his life, death, and resurrection. This devotional is meant to guide families through the meaning of Easter and Lent.
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Teaching the children Scripture truths can seem daunting, but with this devotional, children can be taught simply with three readings weekly. Each key doctrine includes appropriate Scripture references to support the concept as well as questions to encourage discussion and help the children comprehend the big beliefs.
For families just starting to develop the family devotion habit, this devotional is easy to use and introduces children to the Bible’s big picture. Meant to be used three times a week, each lesson takes about 5-10 minutes and includes a Bible question with an answer that is also a memory verse, a read-aloud section of Scripture, a short devotional, and discussion starters.
Many families recognize the benefits of a regular family dinnertime. This book also recognizes those benefits and helps to make dinnertime a time of Scripture, talking about God, and healthy conversation.
Foster faith in the family with the resources in this devotional. Good for families just starting family devotions or for a family who has had a family altar in place for years, this book will increase faith through new and old Christian practices.
This book from Focus on the Family is meant to encourage reflecting God’s design in your home. It includes a year of practical applications and Biblical inspiration for families including topics such as bearing one another’s burdens. The topics are arranged into weekly focused lessons, and build on the weekly topic each day.
6. Family Walk
52 different topics in this book allow families to discuss something different every week for a year. Each week has the introduction, then questions, stories, Scripture, and steps for application in everyday life throughout the week following.
Energize family devotions with this engaging and interactive devotional book. 365 days of action including singing, dancing, giggling, excitement, and creativity using items likely already in the house will make children more interested in taking the time for family devotions, and the hands-on nature will help the lessons to stick.
Parenting is not an easy task! In today’s world, good is called bad and bad is called good, and immorality is put forth as the right thing. This six-week devotional teaches children what God says and aids in spiritual growth. This one is written for families with school-aged children.
Creation is amazing, and that is because the Creator is awesome. These devotions examine creation’s majesty through photographs, illustrations, and scientific discoveries. Topics include animals, space, the earth, and humans.
The popular Jesus Calling devotional has been set up for families with the adult devotion and the child devotion side by side. Read, pray, and discuss with the whole family. Grow closer to each other while growing closer to Christ.
When an 8-12 year old child is fearful or anxious, this family devotional can help them to address the fears and see how God’s attributes relate and offers examples of real life to assist children in dealing with the everyday worries that children face through positive interaction with their parents and with the Bible.
Written for families with children of preschool and elementary age, this devotional encourages families to share faith wherever they are. Center the family in Scripture and create a habit of conversing about God whenever and wherever the family is.
A full year of fun stories and Scripture to boost family devotions. Scriptures from the NLT are printed next to the stories, and each lesson includes a way to personalize the lesson, a verse to memorize, and a short summary to help the children remember. The stories are intended for children ages 6-10.
If family devotions have been tried in the past and failed, this one is different! This one goes in depth and offers questions for discussion, and is intended for anyone, regardless of your theological knowledge level.
Quotes from Pope Francis and a reflection to encourage discussion among the family are a good addition to dinnertime, breakfast, or bedtime to refocus minds and hearts on God.
This set of devotions is meant for families with children between 8-12, with short readings to cover every day for an entire year. Each one has a situation that results in a dilemma and fosters discussion on what would be the best way to handle it. Scripture is listed to help see what God would prefer in each situation. These are excellent discussion starters for family devotion times.
Each of the 31 devotions in this book starts with a cute quote from a real kid, teaches a Bible lesson, and then offers a discussion starter. Enjoy recipes together while enjoying discussions and learning.
Five days a week for the entire school year, these weekly character-based devotions include a Scripture, a short lesson, a suggested prayer, and family discussion questions. Encourage Christian living with family time every day.
Take just three minutes a day to jump-start family devotions wherever you are. Meditate on Scripture, read a short devotional, and read a suggested prayer that can spark a conversation with God.
These devotions for young children and families will help to teach children to understand Scripture and learn it, to pray, and to learn through family discussion as well. Meant for children between 2-7, these studies are a good starting point to train up children in the Word of God.
52 engaging devotions include hands-on object lessons that draw the children in and help them remember the spiritual lessons being taught. Electricity, fire, and more will make their way into family devotion time and get everyone excited about spending time learning what God says.
This is by no means a comprehensive list, but there are some great devotionals listed for families who are just endeavoring to begin a family devotion time as well as many for families to continue to grow spiritually through a daily time with God and the family.