A House of Prayer

“The Ten commandments are the rule of our life, the creed is the sum of our faith, and the Lord’s prayer is the pattern of our prayer”
Thomas Watson

    “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.
     Your kingdom come, your will be done,
     on earth as it is in heaven.

     Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts,
     as we also have forgiven our debtors.

     And lead us not into temptation,
     but deliver us from evil.”

                                    Matthew 6: 9-13 ESV

Summer is beautiful here, the Lord has sent rain to clean the air we breath, the grass is green and the flowers are all in bloom. But the highlight of our summer has been taking the time to study more in depth about prayer.

I have been reading about prayer, and have been meditating about it. I still have more books on the shelf to read, but one thing is certain:

The only way we can truly learn how to pray is by praying.

When one of the disciples asked Jesus “Master, teach us to pray” Jesus’ answer was in form of a prayer. He prayed and so he taught them about prayer. His life was a life of prayer. 

We teach our children about the importance of praying, we are learning to teach them how to pray, but we must pray together, with them too.

We must build a house of prayer…
or should I say…
We should long to build a house of prayer…
What else could be more beautiful than that?

Charles Spurgeon says that in the times of the Puritans, if someone was walking by the home of the Christians at certain hours of the day, or evening, one could hear a Psalm being sung or read, because there was not a Christian home which lacked family prayer.

I firmly believe the only safe way to look “inside” of us is to examine ourselves whether we are in the faith, as Paul says in II Corinthians 13:4-6, so I must ask myself this: 

Am I building a house of prayer? 
Am I being an example to my children in this area?
Do I dare to call myself a Christian and live without praying?

“If we only tried seriously to live up to our praying—it would have a powerful effect upon our character and conduct!.. If our lives were as good as our prayers, we would be saint-like in character.”  J.R. Miller

Let the rain, the many prayers, be poured in our hearts by the Holy Spirit;  let the life and renewal that prayer brings, be as the life and renewal that rain is bringing this summer!

“We often wonder . . .
  why we fail,
  why so little comes of our efforts,
  why we do not get along better with people,
  why we are not happy,
  why joy is so lacking in our experience,
  why we are so easily fretted and vexed,
  why we are so discontented,
  why we fall so easily into surliness and bad temper.
It is because we cease to pray!
J.R Miller

Related posts you can read in the former blog:
Day by Day
A Mom’s Prayer
From My Bible Reading -Nehemiah-
Would You Join Me in Prayer Today? –Bakwé Missions-
New Year’s Prayer

The beautiful photographs you see were taken by my precious daughter. 
Such an amazing gift the Lord’s rain has brought!
We don’t know the name of this flower, it grew over on the road to our house, so if you know the name of this flower , please share it with us.

2 thoughts on “A House of Prayer

  1. Becky, It is such a joy for me to see younger families with children such as yours leading them in this way.

    I regret not being more consistent over all the years in a formal family worship time when we were raising our family. We would have “family devotions” as we called them in those days, for seasons and then would get lazy when circumstances changed. Although the Word of God and Christ and church were always central in our overall family focus and daily conversation, we did not have a consistent , formal family worship time year in and year out.

    Looking back I believe this would have helped our children to develop solid personal habits as well as bringing Christ even more to the center of the home.

    Thank you for sharing this.
    Blessings dear sister!


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