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How to Raise Your Children to Hear the Voice of God
He who made the ear can cause us to hear Him
We write on children's minds as we do on paper
A characteristic of children
Children, at birth, can be likened to a blank sheet of paper. What gets written on that paper stays there. If what is written is positive, you have raised a positive personality.
What you desire may not be what you get
The fact that you want to raise a well- balanced child of good character does not mean that you will do so. If you are easily angry and sarcastic and mean yourself, you will increase the chances of reproducing after your kind.
I would like to mention that some of the stuff that gets written on the paper of our minds growing up didn't come from parents but came from our peers or other family or people of influence around us...
What we write might not be useful...
Only in the last 50 years has the world taken its responsibility towards children to an acceptable level and even then this is not spread everywhere across the globe. If we can be held responsible to our fellow man for stealing things like goats or mugging purses or car-jacking, should we not expect that we will be held accountable for the negative impact (where it occurs) that we have on young souls or what we write on the paper of young minds?
Why is it useful to hear God’s voice?
Isiah 30:21And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.
Guidance is priceless. The sooner, like young Samuel in the Bible that we begin to hear the voice of God, and develop the habit of listening to him and following his guidance, the more prosperous our lives will be.
How do we train the child to hear God?
Guidance is priceless
What you need:
First you need to be able to hear God for yourself. I am not talking about spirit guides and tarot cards, fortune telling or psychic communications. I refer to a born-again child of God and their family birthright communication with God. Jesus said my sheep hear my voice. You can’t give what you don’t have.
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Allow your child to see you pray in different ways. (Ephesians 6:18 Praying always with all prayer ...) Let your child see you having conversations with God where you speak, then he speaks back and you ask a question and he answers etc.
Your child will grow up knowing this is quite normal.
Next, from the get go, once your child is old enough to speak, include your child in a simple conversation with God.You will know from the Lord that it is the right time to introduce your child to Him and He will help you begin and continue in your child this new skill of hearing from God.
One strategy is to tell your child some of the things that you will be discussing with the Lord that day. You might for example take a genuinely overcrowded day’s schedule before the Lord and ask for guidance.As this goes on over a few days or weeks, your child will see you get answers and should feel comfortable enough to ask what the Lord said about this matter or that. Often at this stage the child will say, could you please ask the Lord about X? X being something related to your child. He/she wants you, mum or dad to ask because they see how confident you are at getting answers.This is the time to say ‘O honey, the Lord will tell you himself, just listens inside. You will hear him inside quite clearly. ‘ They just have to give themselves a chance to grow.
When your child can hear God, it is so satisfying
When it starts to happen – its so satisfying to see.
Your child will feel so happy once she starts to hear the Lord for herself that she will want to continue the conversations with God and will learn to give God the opportunity to speak back to her in prayer time instead of rushing off .
When it gets really enjoyable is when your child just casually pops up with things in conversations at home with you and says things such as ‘At first I felt really bad when I didn’t get chosen for the part but the Lord told me it was okay because that person needed the part more than I did. I just felt peace.’
And when your child is older, you may hear things such as:
‘You know, I really wanted one of those belts from ... and I asked the Lord about it and he told me to get moving straight away... I was surprised because I wanted to do a couple other things first, but when I got there, I picked up the last one and they are not restocking because it’s the end of the season!’
Your child will progress to prophecy easily in your family time of worship and in any emergency when you have to pray about something, it will be truly comforting to hear a confirming word from the Lord coming through your child.
Training your child to hear from God is useful
As a parent, one of the most useful things I have found helpful about my children being able to hear from God is that it has fully supported my training at home. When any child looked sulky or unyielding about a point of correction, I would end sweetly with ‘Okay, go and tell the Lord how you feel about it and ask Him what to do and what the truth of the matter is.’ I never really knew exactly what the Lord would say to them, but I knew He would help the child relax and respond without fear of losing out. I was also fully confident that He would not undermine me as a parent.
In no particular order I want to add these facts:
Children, like adults, have their own will and the fact that they can hear from God does not mean that they will always choose to give Him room to speak. In fact, like adults they may try to tune him out when tempted.
I have had to apologise to my children on a number of occasions over 20 years when I put into practise what I asked them to do from time to time which is- e. g I told the Lord I was not happy with something 16 year old X had done, that I really wanted X to be wrong and hopefully get punished for it in some way (my imagination would kick in a bit...oh fake bliss). Then I went on to ask the Lord the truth about the situation and what I should do. When he told me I was over the top and I needed to apologise, I followed His guidance and the children felt so supported by God.
Children will learn easily because they do not have to unlearn any human viewpoints about listening to God.
Thank you for reading this. If you begin this with your young child or grandchild now, you will grant your child a great future and skill that will not only enable a richer walk with God but could lead to life-saving decisions for them or people attached to them, and save people from loss of investments or even loss of lives.
Do let me know how it’s going.
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