Today, we continue our insightful conversation with Charlie Grefenstette, focusing on empowering parents to instill faith and interactive prayer into the hearts of their children. Charli, drawing from her transformative experience in the Activate program, sheds light on the pivotal role of interactive prayer in breaking free from condemnation. The Grefenstette family discovered that confession, as the act of truth-telling, plays a central role. By teaching their children to confess their truths—whether rational or irrational—and guiding them to repent using Scripture, a transformative and interactive model of prayer emerged. The following verse emphasizes the importance of early guidance and instruction. The Grefenstette family is intentional about instilling the values of confession, repentance, and interactive prayer in their children, paving the way for a lifelong connection with God.

Proverbs 22:6 (NIV)

Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old, they will not turn from it.

So, What… for This Week?

Cultivating Interactive Prayer in Your Family

  • Truth-Telling Confession: Encourage your children to tell their truths during prayer time. Create a safe space for them to express their thoughts, fostering an atmosphere of openness and honesty.
  • Scriptural Repentance: Teach your children the transformative power of repentance using Scriptures. Guide them in turning away from negative thoughts or behaviors, replacing them with God’s truths.
  • Interactive Questions: Incorporate interactive questions into your family prayer routine. Ask your children how they saw God during the day and how they served Him. This practice cultivates mindfulness of God’s presence in their daily lives.
  • Encouraging Curiosity: Foster a spirit of curiosity by allowing your children to question aspects of their faith. If you don’t have immediate answers, encourage them to seek answers during their personal prayer time or family discussions.

By implementing these practices, you’re sowing seeds of faith, curiosity, and an interactive relationship with God in the hearts of your children. Charlie Grefenstette’s journey highlights the profound impact that intentional parenting and interactive prayer can have on shaping the spiritual foundation of your family. May your homes be filled with the transformative power of God’s love and truth!