If we want to see the Spirit of God come to our nation, we must first ensure that He is welcome in our homes. Let’s put first things first and make Christ the Lord of our families. We will not regret it.
The following is an excerpt from Morris Chalfant’s "It’s Imperative: Build the Family Altar.”
Richard Baxter was one of England's greatest ministers. In early ministry he pastored a community composed almost entirely of rich, cultured people. But he soon found that the congregation was cold, and all was not as he had expected it to be.
Although disappointed he said, "The way to save this church and the community is to establish religion in the homes of the people, and to build the family altar." Baxter spent three years in visitation, deter mined to establish a family altar in every home in that community. He succeeded, and as a result found that his church filled to over flowing. Thus began that magnificent ministry and life for which he became famous. …
The ideal family altar should be informal, yet reverent. It should include Bible reading, prayer, and perhaps singing, and each member of the family should have a part. However, the method is not nearly as important as the fact that there is such an altar, and that the altar is an acknowledgment that this family needs God's direction and guidance.
The family altar is basic. The first thing Abram did after leaving Haran and arriving in the land of Canaan was to build "an altar unto the Lord" (Gen. 12:7). This altar of worship became the center of Abram's family life. It affected his thinking, his planning, his actions, and it directed his life God-ward into an intimacy with God so deep and binding that God revealed to Abram the impending destruction of Sodom before the judgment fell.
The entire history of Israel revolved around the altar which Abram began that day. When the altar was neglected and forgotten, captivity and sorrow came upon the nation. When the altar was rebuilt, blessing and prosperity resulted.