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.

January 25, 2020

Acts 22:3-16 

“I am a Jew, born in Tarsus in Cilicia, but brought up in this city at the feet of Gamaliel, educated strictly according to our ancestral law, being zealous for God, just as all of you are today. I persecuted this Way up to the point of death by binding both men and women and putting them in prison, as the high priest and the whole council of elders can testify about me. From them I also received letters to the br...

January 24, 2020

1 Samuel 24:3-21 

He came to the sheepfolds beside the road, where there was a cave; and Saul went in to relieve himself. Now David and his men were sitting in the innermost parts of the cave. The men of David said to him, “Here is the day of which the Lord said to you, ‘I will give your enemy into your hand, and you shall do to him as it seems good to you.’” Then David went and stealthily cut off a corner of Saul’s cloak. Afte...

January 23, 2020

1 Samuel 18:6-9; 19:1-7

As they were coming home, when David returned from killing the Philistine, the women came out of all the towns of Israel, singing and dancing, to meet King Saul, with tambourines, with songs of joy, and with musical instruments. And the women sang to one another as they made merry,

“Saul has killed his thousands,
    and David his ten thousands.”

Saul was very angry, for this saying displeas...

January 22, 2020

1 Samuel 17:32-33, 37, 40-51

David said to Saul, “Let no one’s heart fail because of him; your servant will go and fight with this Philistine.” Saul said to David, “You are not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him; for you are just a boy, and he has been a warrior from his youth.”

David said, “The Lord, who saved me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear, will save me from the hand of this Philisti...

January 21, 2020

1 Samuel 16: 1-13

The Lord said to Samuel, “How long will you grieve over Saul? I have rejected him from being king over Israel. Fill your horn with oil and set out; I will send you to Jesse the Bethlehemite, for I have provided for myself a king among his sons.” Samuel said, “How can I go? If Saul hears of it, he will kill me.” And the Lord said, “Take a heifer with you, and say, ‘I have come to sacrifice to the Lord.’ Invite...

January 20, 2020

1 Samuel 15:16-23

Then Samuel said to Saul, “Stop! I will tell you what the Lord said to me last night.” He replied, “Speak.”

Samuel said, “Though you are little in your own eyes, are you not the head of the tribes of Israel? The Lord anointed you king over Israel. And the Lord sent you on a mission, and said, ‘Go, utterly destroy the sinners, the Amalekites, and fight against them until they are consumed.’ Why then did you...

January 19, 2020

Isaiah 49:3, 5-6

And he said to me, “You are my servant,
    Israel, in whom I will be glorified.”

And now the Lord says,
    who formed me in the womb to be his servant,
to bring Jacob back to him,
    and that Israel might be gathered to him,
for I am honored in the sight of the Lord,
    and my God has become my strength—
he says,
“It is too light a thing that y...

January 18, 2020

1 Samuel 9:1-4, 17-19  10:1

There was a man of Benjamin whose name was Kish son of Abiel son of Zeror son of Becorath son of Aphiah, a Benjaminite, a man of wealth. He had a son whose name was Saul, a handsome young man. There was not a man among the people of Israel more handsome than he; he stood head and shoulders above everyone else.

Now the donkeys of Kish, Saul’s father, had strayed. So Kish said to his son Saul, “Take one...

January 17, 2020

1 Samuel 8:4-7, 10-22A

Then all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah, and said to him, “You are old and your sons do not follow in your ways; appoint for us, then, a king to govern us, like other nations.” But the thing displeased Samuel when they said, “Give us a king to govern us.” Samuel prayed to the Lord, and the Lord said to Samuel, “Listen to the voice of the people in all that they say to y...

January 16, 2020

1 Samuel 4:1-11

In those days the Philistines mustered for war against Israel, and Israel went out to battle against them; they encamped at Ebenezer, and the Philistines encamped at Aphek. The Philistines drew up in line against Israel, and when the battle was joined, Israel was defeated by the Philistines, who killed about four thousand men on the field of battle. When the troops came to the camp, the elders of Israel said, “W...

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