I’ve been wrestling with how and when to encourage my children to make a profession of faith. I recently realized that God used an incremental process to reveal Himself to us:
- Father as Creator & Judge
- Jesus as Savior & Lord
- Spirit as Comforter & Counselor
It seems like that same progression might make sense for young children. It may be a while before they can understand the idea of Christ dying for their sins. But even as toddlers, they already understand (even if they don’t practice) the idea of obeying a father who created them. Why not use that as a springboard for conversations about submitting to God?
While that isn’t the whole gospel, it is an essential step — and one that God used for several thousands years. The goal is to avoid concepts and words they don’t understand yet, but still be as accurate as possible in what it does cover.
Perhaps something like this…
Thank you for creating me, and my family, and this wonderful world we live in.
Thank you that you love me, and want what’s best for me.
Thank you for sending Jesus so that we can get to know you.
I accept You as my Heavenly Father.
Help me to love you the way I love my parents, and the way they love you.
Help me to listen to you, and obey you, even as I try to listen to and obey my earthly father.
Help me to share your love with others, the way Jesus did.
I ask this in the way Jesus told us to ask you.