Planting the Word in the Hearts of Our Children
“Your Word have I hidden in my heart that I might not sin against you.” Psalm 119:11
“Your Word is a Lamp to my feet and a Light to my path.” Psalm 119:105
It is an extremely important goal for believers to seek to plant God’s Word in the
hearts of their children. The anointing of God rests upon His Word, and so the power
to bless is always present in God’s Word. The Word of God is full of life, grace,
mercy, and peace. So God’s Word planted in the heart of a child will bring about
powerful and blessed results in the life of any child into whom it is planted.
In Psalm 119:11 we are told, “Your Word have I hidden in my heart that I might
not sin against you.” God’s Word, when planted in a child or youth, ministers to his or
her mind, body and spirit. The Word of God strengthens and nourishes them in their
faith, and it shapes their attitude in fruitful and positive ways. God’s Word also enhances every aspect of one’s being (I Corinthians 1:5), including his or her personality and intellect. The Word of God planted in a child can even raise that child’s I.Q.
The Word of God says in Psalm 119:105, “Your Word is a Lamp to my feet and a
Light to my path.” This scripture speaks of another very significant blessing and benefit
from the daily reading of God’s Word. The Word of God gives clear guidance and direction for us in every area of life, in either direct statement or principle. God’s Word
gives guidance and wisdom about every issue, every subject, and every matter one could
face in his or her lifetime. The Word of God helps believers to come to know God’s will
and His heart, and more of His point of view on life, the world and the people of the world.
In view of the great value and benefits of putting God’s Word into one’s heart, parents are very wise in guiding and helping their children to read God’s Word every day.
Parents that are faithful to help their children in this way are giving the gift of helping
their children to fill their hearts with the Life-giving Word of God.
So, here is a suggestion to wise parents. Take time daily to turn off all distractions – such as the T.V., the computer, the video games, etc.- and sit down with your children
and have each of them to read two or three chapters in the Word of God aloud to you..
( Before you read, pray for the Lord to anoint the minds, ears, hearts and understanding
of each of you so that you and your children can get the most out of your reading time.)
Every parent that commits themselves and their children to this kind of habit – this daily
family reading goal will bless their children and family tremendously in many ways.
Pastor Joseph Parker