Have you given much thought to practicing your faith? I mean—the practice part.
As kids, we practiced a lot of stuff. Piano, soccer, multiplication tables.
But faith? Not so much.
Oh, we attended church each week, but that’s not the same thing. What if we practiced our faith the way we practiced our favorite extra-curricular activities? Remember the repetition, the drills, the recitals and scrimmages. We developed our skills and put them into play.
So, what would that look like for faith?
Hebrews 11:6 (NIV) says, “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him [God] must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.”
Believe that He exists: What grounds your faith? Why do you believe in God? Does Scripture drive your faith? Personal experience? The complexity of creation? Beauty? Love? Share around the dinner table what you believe and why.
Drill over and over again: How do you practice your faith? First, examine what causes you to question or doubt God. Meditate on or memorize verses that speak to that issue. If your struggle centers on finances, search for verses on God’s provision. If the issue is fear, tailor your verses for God’s presence and His goodness. Read them every day until they become part of your spiritual DNA. Memorize your favorite. This is one for the dinner table too. Once you learn everyone’s individual struggles, you can pray more specifically. Plus, you can practice your memory verses together. Have a prize for those who memorize their verses!
Game Time: How does your faith reveal itself in action? Every time that question that challenges your faith arises, your belief and your doubt clash. God provides the shield of faith as part of the armor in Ephesians 6. Shields can be used defensively and offensively. When questions appear to contradict the existence of God, His power, or His faithfulness, raise your shield. Not only will it withstand the blow, but it will also push the enemy back a step or two.
Here are some creative ways to aid your practice:
1) Younger children can design a shield to use as a visual. Google has lots of templates. Write their memory verse on the back.
2) Older kids can create their own visual according to their bent: art, dance, music, even fashion or jewelry.
3) Find worship songs that mention battles or shields.
How will you practice your faith this week?