Sunday, February 6, 2011

A Few Thoughts on Family Worship Time

As we witness more and more the crazy things going on around us in the world: natural catastrophes, killings and shootings in cities all over the place, wars, protests and uprisings, well, it makes one realize how much we really need to spend time in Bible study and prayer, both as individuals and as families.

Family worship time has become one of our priorities this year. In my personal devotional time, I am reading a little book, called My Life Today, written by one of my favorite authors: Mrs. E. G. White.

Recently I read this passage:

O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the Lord our maker. Psalm 95:6

The Lord has a special interest in the families of His children here below. Angels offer the smoke of the fragrant incense for the praying saints. Then in every family let prayer ascend to heaven both at morning and at the cool sunset hour, in our behalf presenting before God the Saviour’s merits. Morning and evening the heavenly universe takes notice of every praying household.

Come in humility with a heart full of tenderness and with a sense of the temptations and dangers before yourselves and your children; by faith bind them upon the altar, entreating for them the care of the Lord. Ministering angels will guard children who are thus dedicated to God.

Family worship should not be governed by circumstances. You are not to pray occasionally, and when you have a large day’s work, neglect it. In thus doing you lead your children to look upon prayer as of no special consequence. Prayer means very much to the children of God, and thank offerings should come up before God morning and evening. Says the Psalmist, “O come, let us sing unto the Lord: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation.”

It should be a pleasure to worship the Lord.... He desires that those who come to worship Him shall carry away with them precious thoughts of His care and love, that they may be cheered in all the employments of daily life, that they may have grace to deal honestly and faithfully in all things.

In the home it is possible to have a little church which will honor and glorify the Redeemer.

My Life Today, p. 29; EG White.

I hope you will begin taking time each day for family worship, morning and evening.

My plans are to attempt posting something each week to encourage and assist you on this journey. Please be sure to come back next week for my next Inspiration for the Week post.

This article was submitted to The Christian Home blog magazine.

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