An Adventure Time is a wonderful prayer tool that enables you and your child, or the children you work with, to connect with Jesus using our imagination. Jesus always gives us a choice in our friendship with him. He continually loves us, he never leaves us, he forgives, strengthens and delights in us – his door is always open to us.
Revelation 3:20 New Century Version
Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in and eat with you, and you will eat with me.
Jesus is knocking on the door of our heart: we get to choose whether we want to open it to him. An Adventure Time is one way we, and the children we care about, can open the door of our hearts to him, to receive his love, truth, joy, hope and so much more.
Try having an Adventure Time when your child is feeling relaxed and you’re not in a hurry. Model learning together and practicing meeting with Jesus. Keep it light and fun.
Speak truths such as ‘We can meet with Jesus!’, ‘He is here with us!’, ‘Did you know God gave us our imaginations to use for good to be with him?’, ‘We can learn together to be with Jesus!’, ‘I’m so excited to see what he’s going to show me…’
Get comfy and invite Holy Spirit to be with you. You could say something like: ‘We welcome you Holy Spirit. Thank you that you lead us into truth. Thank you that you can help us see, feel, hear and know Jesus more and more…’
John 14:16, 17, 26 New Century Version
Jesus said ‘I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper to be with you forever – the Spirit of truth… the Helper will teach you everything and will cause you to remember all that I told you. This Helper is the Holy Spirit whom the Father will send in my name.’
Here’s one to try out! After welcoming Holy Spirit and setting a calm atmosphere, speak slowly, with lots of pauses and space for you and your child to connect with God.
Imagine your heart is like a home… with windows, a roof, a door and a path through a garden… What can you see?… Look, Jesus is walking up the path and he knocks on your heart door… What do you do? Do you open the door? What happens… What does Jesus do or say or show you?… Do you invite him in? What do you do together?…. Spend time with him…
Give time to be with Jesus, then have a go at asking open ended questions such as: Tell me about your Adventure Time? What did you see, hear, feel… Explain that to me… Tell me more… Describe what happened…
Accept and validate what is shared. Praise your child for being a great listener and friend of Jesus. They really need your encouragement and support. And allow Holy Spirit to teach you through your child as we are all still learning in our journey of faith!
If your child has a journal or Adventure Book get them drawing and writing in their adventures with Jesus. Over the weeks, months and years you’ll create a wonderful record of their friendship with God, that will be a huge source of encouragement and joy through the ups and downs of everyday life. Purchase yours here!