When I did this with my children they were at first very uncooperative, they thought it would be some funny thing Dad would make them do. I calmed them down and even discretely cast a spirit out of my older son so he would participate. He immediately calmed down and joined us.
I had them all sit down on the floor in our living room, and instructed them to not touch each other or the furniture. To sit “indian style” on the floor leaning forward. I then told them I would be walking them through a vision. They thought that sounded cool and began to pay attention.
I told them to close their eyes, take deep breaths, slowly exhaling and relax. Focus on the space around you with your eyes shut. Imagine you are in a dark room and you see a warm light coming down upon you. Everything is shadowy except the warm light that is covering you. In the distance you see a light, it is starting to come near you, it is a person. Watch them get closer as they move toward you. They are carrying something in their hands. See yourself rise up and stand. In their arms they carry your armor. (I paused)
The first thing they hand you is your helmet. Look at it, what does it look like? (I took about 20-30 seconds)
Next, is your breastplate that covers your chest. What does it look like?
Now they hand you a sword, examine it. What does it look like? How heavy is it?
Now they hand you a shield. Do you see anything unique about it?
There are shoes for you to wear. Are they shiny. Are they heavy?
Stand in your armor. Thank the messenger. This is the armor of God that you have been given to protect you from the Adversary. As long as you always keep yourself filled with light and love, it will be strong. If not, it will not help you, but nobody can take it away from you except yourself!
Now I want you to open your eyes!
I asked my kids one by one what they saw. Most were embarrassed and didn’t want to say much. I thought, “Well, that didn’t go so well.”
I then privately asked my younger son about his experience. He described in detail his armor, including the head of a lion on his shield. I asked each child privately about their experiences and was amazed at the powerful witnesses and details they expressed. Each of them was emotionally moved.
I then pulled my older son aside to talk with him. He was reluctant and I thought perhaps he was upset at me. “What happened?” I asked him. He said it was the most spiritual experience he had ever had. He saw a man come to him. The man embraced him and told him important things about himself and his mission. He was told not to share any of what was revealed to him at this time. My son said it was the most real experience he ever had like that. His eyes were filled with tears and I knew it changed him. What a witness this was to me that the Lord had orchestrated this family moment.
My advice would be to those who attempt to do this with your family: pray with your spouse and seek the Lord’s blessing. When the Spirit tells you the time is right, do it. It will be a moment your family will never forget.