A family altar will alter your family. One of the most important things you can do to secure the spiritual atmosphere in your home is establish a place of corporate prayer. For many families this is a difficult thing to accomplish. Homework, ball practice, business trips, and extracurricular activities monopolize our time. Unfortunately, some homes go weeks and months without praying together. When constructing a family altar remember these five important suggestions:
- Consistency. Inconsistency stumps our efforts and limits our growth. Place this time together with your family as a top priority and stick to it. Do it until it becomes habitual in your schedule.
- Communication. This is not just a time to talk with God, but a time to talk with one another. Share your burdens and your blessings.
- Consecration. Incorporate praise and worship at your family altar. Teach your children that worship is not confined to the walls of a church. Allow your home to become your sanctuary.
- Creativity. Don’t let your family altar become routine and boring. Change things up from time to time and make it interesting.
- Camaraderie. Remember, this is about building a family that functions in the body of Christ. The old saying is still true, “The family that prays together, stays together.”
Daily Reading: Leviticus 5-7
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