How to Worship God in Your Home
- a guide to family prayer-
Intro: House of God
Bethel is a Hebrew word meaning “House of God”. It is the place named by Jacob when he awoke from his dream: “He had a dream in which he saw a stairway resting on the earth, with its top reaching to heaven, and the angels of God were ascending and descending by it. There above it stood the LORD, and he said: “I am the LORD, the God of your father Abraham and the God of Isaac. I will give you and your descendants the land on which you are lying” (Gen 28:12-13).
God promised Jacob: “Your descendants will be like the dust of the earth, and you will spread out to the west and to the east, to the north and to the south. All peoples on earth will be blessed through you and your offspring. I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you” (Gen 28:14-15).
“When Jacob awoke from his sleep, he thought, “Surely the LORD is in this place, and I was not aware of it." He was afraid and said, "How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God; this is the gate of heaven” (Gen 28:16-17).
What an amazing moment that was for Jacob! He had a true awakening to God in his midst. Many people in the church today are coming to an awakening because God is calling them. God wants to bless His people, protect them and give them an inheritance. People around the world are coming to the realization that God wants to be present to them and that they can find Him right in their own homes. “For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them” (Matt. 18:20). There is nothing like the change that takes place in a person who, upon awakening to this realization can say like Jacob, “This place is the gate of heaven and I did not know it!” What excitement awaits the individuals and families who find their Bethel! They will discover the blessings of God and they and their families will become a blessing to others. God will watch over them, give them the land that He has promised and never abandon them!
Jacob decided to give his life to God: “Then Jacob made a vow, saying, “If God will be with me and will watch over me on this journey I am taking and will give me food to eat and clothes to wear so that I return safely to my father's house, then the LORD will be my God and this stone that I have set up as a pillar will be God's house, and of all that you give me I will give you a tenth” (Gen 28:20-22).
Indeed, God watched over Jacob and provided food and clothing for him and brought him back to Bethel to establish His house. Today, God still desires that we make our houses a Bethel. When we realize that our homes can have the presence of God we will know that we have been given a gateway to heaven. God reassures us that He will take care of our earthly needs. He sent Jesus to tell us: “So do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well” (Matthew 6:31-33).
God wants all families to be blessed with heavenly things: peace, love and joy in their homes, healing, and His protection. We can have these things by making our homes a House of God. All we need to do is realize that God has a dream for each one of us that will bring us to a greater realization of His Presence that will cause us to respond as Jacob did.
God has led me to share lessons that will help families draw nearer to God, learn how to receive the blessings of God, and understand more about their faith to build the Kingdom of God. In our own homes, with our own family, we have everything we need to ascend to heaven.