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.

November 18, 2019

1 Maccabees 1:10-15, 41-43, 54-57, 62-63

From them came forth a sinful root, Antiochus Epiphanes, son of King Antiochus; he had been a hostage in Rome. He began to reign in the one hundred thirty-seventh year of the kingdom of the Greeks.

In those days certain renegades came out from Israel and misled many, saying, “Let us go and make a covenant with the Gentiles around us, for since we separated from them many disasters have co...

November 17, 2019

Malachi 4:1-2A

See, the day is coming, burning like an oven, when all the arrogant and all evildoers will be stubble; the day that comes shall burn them up, says the Lord of hosts, so that it will leave them neither root nor branch. But for you who revere my name the sun of righteousness shall rise, with healing in its wings. 

Psalm 98:5-9

Sing praises to the Lord with the lyre,
with the lyre and the sound of...

November 16, 2019

Wisdom 18:14-16, 19:6-9

For while gentle silence enveloped all things,
and night in its swift course was now half gone,
your all-powerful word leaped from heaven, from the royal throne,
into the midst of the land that was doomed,
a stern warrior
carrying the sharp sword of your authentic command,
and stood and filled all things with death,
and touched heaven while standing on the earth.

For the whole creation in its nature was f...

November 15, 2019

Wisdom 13: 1-9

For all people who were ignorant of God were foolish by nature;

and they were unable from the good things that are seen to know the one who exists,

nor did they recognize the artisan while paying heed to his works;

but they supposed that either fire or wind or swift air,

or the circle of the stars, or turbulent water,

or the luminaries of heaven were the gods that rule the world.

If through delight in the beauty of the...

November 14, 2019

Wisdom 7:22B–8:1

In Wisdom is a spirit

that is intelligent, holy,
unique, manifold, subtle,
mobile, clear, unpolluted,
distinct, invulnerable, loving the good, keen,
irresistible, beneficent, humane,
steadfast, sure, free from anxiety,
all-powerful, overseeing all,
and penetrating through all spirits
that are intelligent, pure, and altogether subtle.
For wisdom is more mobile than any motion;
because of her pureness she pervades...

November 13, 2019

Wisdom 6:1-11

Listen therefore, O kings, and understand;

learn, O judges of the ends of the earth.

Give ear, you that rule over multitudes,

and boast of many nations.

For your dominion was given you from the Lord,

and your sovereignty from the Most High;

he will search out your works and inquire into your plans.

Because as servants of his kingdom you did not rule rightly,

or keep the law,

or walk according to the purpose of God,

he will...

November 12, 2019

Wisdom 2:23 - 3:9

For God created us for incorruption,
and made us in the image of his own eternity,
but through the devil’s envy death entered the world,
and those who belong to his company experience it.

But the souls of the righteous are in the hand of God,
and no torment will ever touch them.
In the eyes of the foolish they seemed to have died,
and their departure was thought to be a disaster,
and their going from us to be t...

November 11, 2019

Wisdom 1:1-7

Love righteousness, you rulers of the earth,
think of the Lord in goodness
and seek him with sincerity of heart;
because he is found by those who do not put him to the test,
and manifests himself to those who do not distrust him.
For perverse thoughts separate people from God,
and when his power is tested, it exposes the foolish;
because wisdom will not enter a deceitful soul,
or dwell in a body enslaved to sin.
Fo...

November 10, 2019

2 Maccabees 7:1-2, 9-14

It happened also that seven brothers and their mother were arrested and were being compelled by the king, under torture with whips and thongs, to partake of unlawful swine’s flesh. One of them, acting as their spokesman, said, “What do you intend to ask and learn from us? For we are ready to die rather than transgress the laws of our ancestors.”

And when he was at his last breath, he said, “You accursed w...

November 9, 2019

Ezekiel 47: 1-2, 8-9, 12 

Then he brought me back to the entrance of the temple; there, water was flowing from below the threshold of the temple toward the east (for the temple faced east); and the water was flowing down from below the south end of the threshold of the temple, south of the altar. Then he brought me out by way of the north gate, and led me around on the outside to the outer gate that faces toward the east; and t...

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