North Anderson Baptist Church
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  • North Anderson Baptist Church
    2308 N Main St, Anderson, SC 29621, United States
    Sunday 10:30 AM
Family Altar In Our Home
The family altar in our home
Holds such a beauty rare;
Among the treasures of this life
There's none that can compare.
'Tis just about the evening hour
When day has spent itself
That Dad takes down the Bible
From its place upon the shelf.
We read the Word together and
We bow at Jesus' feet;
How precious is that fellowship!
It makes our day complete!
And all the burdens we possess
Are swallowed up in prayer;
The sweetness of this time with God
Reveals His love and care.
A family altar in the home!
How blessed and how true
That if we put God first—He'll bless!
We hope you have one too!
—Georgia B. Adams
Encyclopedia of 15,000 Illustrations: Signs of the Times.
The home should be the center of all that the family does. It is in the home where we are to learn to pray and worship the Lord. When teaching our family through actually worshiping and praying together at home, it prepares them for the setting they will find themselves in at the place of worship we call “the church.” It will also prepare them to face the trials and troubles of life in the world in which they will live one day.

We are going to use examples of worship and prayer in the home this morning that I hope will encourage you to begin, if your family isn’t doing these things together, to worship and pray at home with your family now, or hopefully this will encourage your spirit because you already do worship and pray together as a family. I realize that not all of us have families and therefore we are going to have to ask the Lord how He wants this to apply to us. God can use all things in the scripture to bless us and instruct us to become more like the man or woman He desires us to be.

I love Daniel’s example that is seen in the following passage.
In this passage I see the “habit” of Daniel praying on a regular basis to the Lord God who he has served in Babylon for years, even since he was a teenager. Not only is this a habit of Daniel’s, it is a way of life for this servant of Jehovah, who worships the God of Israel and who believes that facing Jerusalem in his prayers pulls him closer to the Lord God.

The context of this scripture is important. Daniel is in a crisis. The jealous administrators that work alongside of Daniel hate him and are trying to get rid of him in any way they can. They tricked King Darius into signing a law that said that no one could pray to anyone during a period of thirty days. If someone was caught praying to some other God, they would be placed in the den of lions. The purpose for this law was to really catch Daniel praying to his God which he did on a regular basis and they knew it. This was the only was they could get rid of him for good. Knowing all along that it was against the law to pray to Jehovah, and that the punishment would be to be thrown into the lion’s den, Daniel was not going to change what He believed even if it meant to break the law and be sentenced to death. Daniel had proven to be a great servant of King Darius but he valued his relationship with God more than the one he had with the king. Daniel was not afraid of his enemies or anything they could do to him. He would pray and worship the Lord God of Israel three times a day regardless of the consequences.

What can we learn from Daniel about praying?
1 - No matter what the situation that comes to you from enemies or just events of life, never fail to pray.

Don’t you let the things of this world cause you to lose your “fear of God” in such a way that you stop praying to the only One who can really help you.
2 - You can trust in the Lord no matter what comes your way.

Daniel knew His God was greater than this situation in which he found himself. Daniel was confident that God would rescue him from the lions but no matter the outcome, Daniel would trust in His God who had been faithful to him all his life. You too can be confident in God’s watchcare over you in all the circumstances of your life.

Someone has said… Jesus' disciples came to him, and said, "Lord, teach us to pray"(Luke 11:1). It is not recorded that Jesus taught them how to preach. I have often said that I would rather know how to pray like Daniel than to preach like Gabriel.
3 - Home is where you go to speak to the Lord about any need you might have.

Each of us needs a special place to go to talk with the Lord when things go wrong or when you just need to talk to God. Home is the place we can be alone with God and we, individually or with our family, can kneel down and face our God with confidence that He will hear and respond to our needs.

By the way, when we do this with our families in our times of need, it helps instruct the children to know what to do when their troubles come in their lives later on. Ingrained into their lives this special action of praying for your needs great or small and it will pay great dividends in the future for all your children.

Prayer gives you courage to make the decisions you must make in crisis and then the confidence to leave the result to a Higher Power. —Dwight Eisenhower
Moody: "A man who prays much in private will make short prayers in public."
And
Satan: Blessed is he who has no time to pray, for he will become an easy prey.
Encyclopedia of 15,000 Illustrations: Signs of the Times.
We see in this scripture Jesus teaching on prayer and how He believes it should be conducted. He has just tried to help the disciples to realize what they see in the Pharisees’ example of prayer is not what the true believer in Christ is supposed to do, in regards to praying. Now, this scriptural admission is not about true public prayer at church or in a special meeting, unless you pray like the Pharisees prayed with pride and judgment toward others. Jesus is emphasizing the kind of prayer that God desires as an individual. There are times you should pray together as a family and then there are times that you pray as individuals. He wants us to know that secret and private prayer will truly be rewarded when we take our needs to the Lord in a personal relationship with the Father through the Son.
Fanny Crosby, though blinded in infancy, greeted friends and strangers alike with a cheerful "God bless your dear soul." And, according to her own statement, she never attempted to write a hymn without first kneeling in prayer. If this be true, Fanny Crosby spent considerable time on her knees. She wrote no less than 8,000 songs.

Miss Crosby was often under pressure to meet deadlines. It was under such circumstances in 1869 that she tried to write words for a tune composer W. H. Doane had sent her. But she couldn't write. Then she remembered she had forgotten her prayer. Rising from her knees, she dictated—as fast as her assistant could write—words for the famous hymn, "Jesus, Keep Me Near the Cross."

But one day in 1874, Fanny Crosby prayed for more material things. She had run short of money and needed five dollars—even change. There was no time to draw on her publishers, so she simply prayed for the money. Her prayer ended, she was walking to and fro in her room trying to "get into the mood" for another hymn when an admirer called. Greeting the stranger with "God bless your dear soul," the two chatted briefly.

In the parting handshake the admirer left something in the hymn-writer's hand. It was five dollars. Rising from a prayer of thanks the blind poetess wrote: "All the way my Savior leads me."
—Clint Banner

I love this story but I also love what was written about William Carey and his prayer life.

William Carey was once reproached for spending so much time in prayer that he neglected his business. He replied that supplication, thanksgiving, and intercession were much more important in his life than laying up treasures on earth. "Prayer is my real business!" he said. "Cobbling shoes is a sideline; it just helps me pay expenses."
The Lord honored Carey's vigorous faith, for he became a renowned missionary and was mightily used by God in India, Burma, and the East Indies.
How do we teach our children to pray at home? We spend time with them praying so that they too can hear us pray and then we can help them to pray for the little things in their lives until they start understanding even greater needs that they can take to God themselves. One could also start a prayer journal with your children listing all the prayers that you are praying and then record the results to those prayers so that they can look back to the answered prayers from God and be blessed and grow in their faith.

Don’t just pray around the table for blessing or at bedtime but make it special. One way you can make this special is when your child expresses a need to you, both of you right then spend time praying together for that need. At times if they see you do that as a family, bringing up a need and then immediately praying for that need, maybe they would follow that example.
Doctor Charles Parkhurst, distinguished preacher and reformer of New York, in an address in which he dealt with his early religious life related how he had often heard his father pray in the church, at the family altar, and at the family table. But it was only when he heard him praying aloud on his knees in the barn that he knew the reality of prayer and the deep reality of the religious life.
—C.E. Macartney
What can you learn about praying from Jesus?

1 - Pray secretly.
2 - Pray specifically.
3 - Pray humbly before your God.
Within this scripture is the great statement made by Joshua about he and his family serving the Lord. Throughout this passage you see that the people promise to serve the Lord and get rid of their idols. When you promise that, you are on the way to worshiping God. Worship is something spiritual that is measured by the act of worship. Joshua knew you could say that you were going to serve and worship the Lord but he also knew that the people needed to make the commitment and follow through by doing something. Throwing away the idols tells alot about your desire to worship God alone. Making a declaration of serving and worshiping God was good but Joshua wanted to follow up on that declaration by placing a stone down to have a way to show that the promise made. For the future generations will say what is that stone for and the people can tell of their commitment to serve and worship the Lord God who brought them out of slavery.
Dear friends, parents ought to declare to the family that they will serve and worship the Lord alone. The children should know not only by the actions of the family but by declaration of the parents that God is who we serve and worship. Along with Joshua we can say to our kids and all who walk into our home, that we are believers in the Lord Jesus Christ who died for us on the cross to save us from our sins and who was buried and then on the third day arose from the dead that all who believe in Him will have eternal life. Does your family need some kind of marker to say you have made that statement? Not necessarily, but your life should declare daily that you are committed to the Lord Jesus Christ and will follow him forever.
What can you learn from this passage in Joshua?

1 - Get rid of all the things in your home that might lead to worshiping something or someone other than the Lord Jesus Christ.

2 - Make a verbal stand for Christ no matter what and let no one cause you to change that commitment.

3 - Somehow or some way set down a “rock of remembrance” that will tell future generations that you, mom and dad, served and worshiped the Lord God Almighty and His Son Jesus Christ.
Teaching our children to pray and worship the Lord at home is so important. All good things come from helping the children in your home come to a personal relationship with Christ. Parents are beginning to disciple them when they learn these things. There are great benefits to teaching our children to walk with the Lord. One is when the children go to the “church house” to worship with everyone else they will learn how to worship and study God’s Word in a corporate setting. Because of the family preparations children’s behavior will be so much better. Children can be taught how to behave and when it is permissible to leave the church services rather than just getting up and going out. Unless there is sickness, people would not leave the sanctuary while the service is going on. We taught our children that they had to go to the bathroom BEFORE they ever got to the sanctuary so they never had to get up and leave, unless it was a great emergency. Learning that the parents are in charge is a valuable lesson. Teaching our children at home about things like that and so many other things would make it easier for their teachers and those around them in the service and for sure it would eliminate most of the disruptions during the service. Habits are hard to change but it is possible.

Remember the home is the most important place for children to learn about God and how He desires us to worship and pray to Him. It would be a great joy to all who are a part of this church if parents were those who were leading their children to Christ. It doesn’t mean that those in the church can’t do that but I believe the parents make that happen.

Invitation

Dear friend if you are reading this by way of the internet please know that you are loved and cared for. If you have no relationship with God the Father through Jesus Christ His Son, then I invite you to trust Him by faith and receive Him as your personal Savior. Jesus Christ died on the cross for the sin of everyone in the world that they may have eternal life. All of us have sinned and all are guilty before Almighty God who made us to have fellowship with Him. But sin broke that ability to have a relationship and Jesus has restored the possibility to know God personally through His sacrifice. Please know that if you will seek God and turn from your sin and pray He will respond with His love and give to you a personal relationship through your belief in His Son and the sacrifice He made just for you. He will call for a change in your life too. He wants you to follow Him, not the world, not your own desires, but to follow Jesus. That brings a life change when you turn from sin and self and by faith believe in Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord. There is no Savior without Him being Lord of your life. Your willingness to change by following Him daily in your life will be the proof of your faith. When life throws its curves your way and you have found yourself broken by others or by the world let us introduce you to the only One who can help you…Jesus! You can write or call the office and we will follow up by contacting you. Office phone number is 864-225-2575 and the website address is www.northandersonbaptist.com and the physical address is 2308 N. Main St., Anderson, SC 29621. Dear friend if you are a believer and you have been touched by the Lord and you would like to talk to someone at the church just contact us in one of the ways you see above. If you are a believer and would like to talk about the church and your interest in being a part, please call and we can set up an appointment for you and get to know you. It would be a great pleasure to share our Lord’s love with you. This is a loving church and you are important to us, so please let us know what we can do for you in the Lord.Pastor Bill Rigsby

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