One of our biggest hopes for campers is that they keep pursuing God in faith as they head home from camp. We don’t expect them to always feel the same emotions they felt at camp, but we pray that they will have the same commitment to Christ at home that they did at camp. One of the best ways to do that is to spend time in prayer and time reading the Bible. Our favorite method is for parents and children to read through a plan together. Here are a few Bible reading plans that can get you started:
5 Minutes a Day Plan – This is the easiest plan and in 5 minutes a day you can read one chapter of the New Testament and finish in 1 year
1 Year Chronological Plan – Read through the whole Bible in one year by reading 3 chapters each day
1 Year Blended Plan – Read some of the Old Testament and the New Testament each day and complete the whole Bible in one year
Read New Testament in 90 days – This plan has you read several chapters of the New Testament each day and you can easily finish in 3 months.
To pray, we encourage campers to simply talk with God. Prayer isn’t all about making requests, though that is part of it. It’s also about sharing life with the person who cares the most about you. You can talk to Him about how you feel about things at school, you can ask Him for advice when you’re discouraged, and you can thank Him for the good things happening in your life. The more time you spend with God in prayer, the closer your relationship will be.
Here’s an acronym that we like to use sometimes to help guide our prayer times:
- A – Adoration – this simply means to praise God or to tell Him what you like about him. Give God some complements!
- C – Confession – sometimes there are things that get in the way of our relationship with God. It’s important to apologize for those sins and wrong decisions we’ve made.
- T – Thanksgiving – this is a time to simply thank God for the positive (and even sometimes negative) aspects of our lives. When we follow God, everything has a purpose and we can thank him for that.
- S – Specific Requests – this is what most people think of when they think of prayer. It’s an important part, but it’s not the only part. In this section simply talk to God about your needs and to ask Him to work in the lives of people you know and around the world.
As always, if you need any guidance or other resource ideas, please feel free to contact us. We’d be happy to help you and your family grow close to God.