We say “a” way, because this is just one of many ways to bring a devotional rhythm to your lives. Maybe you are already doing something together with God as a family on a regular basis, and that is awesome! Just take from this guide anything you feel might make what you are already doing stronger or better. Or if you are not yet having any kind of family devotional time in your home, we invite you to let this booklet help give you a start.
We suggest “mealtime” because the dinner table is the altar of the home. After the Temple was destroyed, the people of God had no place to gather for worship and spiritual growth. The home replaced the Temple as the primary place of discipleship and worship, and the dining table became the primary location for those activities within the home.
Today, some of the best moments we share with our loved ones are spent around the meal table. This special daily time of physical and social nourishment together is the perfect place to integrate spiritual nourishment as well – through prayer, reading and discussing God’s Word together, and propelling each other forward as fellow followers of Jesus!