7 best daily Bible devotionals for family bonding (+7 simple prayers)

devotionals for families

A family that prays together stays together!

And one of the most effective ways to foster this unity is through daily Bible devotionals.

Daily devotionals play a crucial role in strengthening faith and drawing loved ones closer not just to each other, but also to God.

In this article, we have handpicked 7 daily Bible devotionals specifically designed for families. Each one is rich in wisdom and offers thought-provoking insights that cater to all age groups.

These resources will help you and your family engage with Scripture in a meaningful way — promote spiritual self-care and adopt a grace-oriented approach to faith.

1. Our Daily Bread

First on our list is the renowned “Our Daily Bread”.

This devotional has been a staple in many Christian households for decades, providing daily spiritual nourishment.

What sets “Our Daily Bread” apart is its simplicity.

Each day’s reading consists of a Bible verse, a thought-provoking reflection, and a prayer. It’s designed to be digestible and can be easily incorporated into your family’s morning or evening routine.

The reflections are written by a diverse group of contributors, ensuring a variety of perspectives on faith and spirituality.

The devotionals are also non-denominational, making them accessible to all Christian families.

Moreover, “Our Daily Bread” is available in various formats – print, online, and mobile apps. This flexibility allows you to engage with the devotional in a way that best suits your family’s lifestyle.

For families seeking a straightforward yet enriching devotional, “Our Daily Bread” is an excellent choice. It serves as a gentle reminder of God’s presence in our everyday lives.

2. Jesus Calling by Sarah Young

The next devotional on our list is “Jesus Calling” by Sarah Young.

This devotional provides a unique perspective that has resonated with millions of readers worldwide.

What makes “Jesus Calling” stand out is its format. Unlike traditional devotionals, each entry is written as if Jesus Himself is speaking directly to the reader.

This innovative approach can create a profound sense of intimacy with God.

Sarah Young draws from her personal prayer journal, offering reflections that are both heartfelt and inspiring.

The devotionals are deeply grounded in Scripture, making them a valuable tool for families seeking to deepen their understanding of God’s word.

In addition, “Jesus Calling” features devotionals specifically designed for children and teens, making it an excellent choice for families with members of different ages.

Overall, “Jesus Calling” offers a unique blend of intimacy and insight that can be a transformative addition to your family’s spiritual routine.

3. The One-Year Devotions for Preschoolers

Let’s shift gears a bit and focus on a devotional specifically designed for the youngest members of your family.

“The One Year Devotions for Preschoolers” is an excellent choice for introducing your little ones to Scripture in a fun and engaging way.

This devotional stands out because of its child-friendly approach. Each devotional includes a Bible verse, a short rhyming message, and a simple prayer.

The rhymes make the messages memorable and enjoyable for preschoolers.

What I particularly appreciate about this devotional is its attention to real-life situations that kids can relate to, such as making friends, dealing with fears, and understanding God’s creation.

These devotionals not only teach children about God’s love but also help them apply biblical principles to their everyday experiences.

And the best part?

The book features charming illustrations that will captivate your child’s attention, making each day’s reading an interactive experience.

4. The Family Bible Devotional

Have you ever struggled to find a devotional that caters to the wide age range within your family?

The “Family Bible Devotional” might be exactly what you need.

This devotional is specifically designed to engage all family members, regardless of age. It offers a dynamic approach to family Bible study, making it a versatile tool for families with children of varying ages.

Each of the 52 devotionals in this book includes a Bible passage, guiding questions, and activities that promote family discussion and interaction.

These elements encourage active participation and foster a deeper understanding of the Scripture.

The “Family Bible Devotional” doesn’t shy away from challenging topics either.

It presents subjects such as gratitude, jealousy, and forgiveness in a relatable and understandable way for children while also being thought-provoking for adults.

5. Power Up! Kids Perpetual Devotional

For families with kids who love video games, “Power Up! Kids Perpetual Devotional” might be the perfect fit.

This devotional uses video game terminology and concepts to engage kids and teach them about God’s Word.

The “Power Up!” devotional consists of 365 readings. Each day’s devotional includes a Bible verse, a lesson, and a “Power Up” challenge – a simple, actionable task encouraging kids to apply what they’ve learned.

Some key features include:

  • Real-world applications
  • Engaging illustrations
  • Interactive challenges

The devotional is designed to be fun and interactive, capturing the attention of kids in a way that traditional devotionals might not.

Equally important, while it uses video game language, the teachings are solidly grounded in Scripture. This, in turn, ensures that while kids are having fun, they’re also learning valuable lessons from the Bible.

6. The Bible App for Kids

We live in a digital age, and it’s only natural that our spiritual resources adapt to this reality.

That’s where “The Bible App for Kids” comes in.

I believe this app is a game-changer when it comes to daily family devotionals. It’s especially suitable for tech-savvy kids who are comfortable with smartphones and tablets.

The app features beautifully animated Bible stories, interactive activities, and engaging games that make learning about God’s Word fun and exciting for children.

What sets this app apart is its ability to cater to different learning styles.

Whether your child is a visual, auditory, or kinesthetic learner, the app provides various ways to engage with each Bible story.

In addition, the app offers parent resources to help guide discussions with your children about what they’ve learned.

7. Long Story Short by Marty Machowski

Finally, let me present a devotional that breaks down the complex narrative of the Bible into engaging, digestible stories for your children.

That’s exactly what “Long Story Short” by Marty Machowski does.

This devotional is particularly special to me as I’ve seen how it can spark meaningful conversations within families. It takes children on a journey through the Old Testament, connecting each story to God’s grand plan of salvation.

“Long Story Short” consists of 78 weeks of devotionals, each week focusing on a specific Bible theme.

The devotionals are structured in such a way that families can explore one theme over a week, deepening their understanding through repetition and reinforcement.

The devotional also includes discussion questions and prayer points, encouraging families to interact and engage with the Scripture actively.

With its thoughtful design and engaging content, “Long Story Short” is an exceptional tool for families seeking a comprehensive yet accessible exploration of the Bible.

How can we make daily devotionals a family habit?

Daily Bible devotionals serve as a spiritual anchor for the family, providing a consistent platform for communal prayer and reflection on God’s word.

For families, these devotionals are an opportunity to instill biblical values in children from a young age.

They provide a shared language of faith, create an open forum for spiritual discussions, and build a strong foundation of trust and understanding within the family.

Still, it might be a bit challenging at first to incorporate daily Bible devotionals into your family.

If that’s the case, know that consistency plays a key role in making devotionals a habit.

So, choose a regular time that suits your family’s schedule. This could be during breakfast, after dinner, or before bedtime.

Lastly, keep an open mind.

Not every devotional may resonate with your family initially. It’s okay to explore different options until you find the one that fits your family’s needs.

Elizabeth Carter

Elizabeth Carter

I'm Elizabeth Carter, the heart behind Biblescripture.net. I’m a theology graduate from Boston College who found her calling in making the Bible's wisdom vibrant and accessible. Alongside my studies, I cultivated a love for peaceful morning walks and deep conversations about faith over coffee. Every day, I'm here to walk with you through scripture, making its teachings not just accessible, but a vibrant part of your daily life. Join me in discovering how these ancient words can transform us in the most beautiful ways.

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