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An Altar in our Homes

Several years ago, I visited the home of my son and daughter, and I was deeply moved that they had placed an altar in their home. It was the place where they could gather for prayer along with our grandson. The pride and joy of this father’s heart was beyond description. I have never said much about it, but it still resonates in my heart today. I know firsthand about the importance of having an altar in your home — a place where one can gather for prayer and meditation at the beginning or the end of the day. I believe that every home should have an altar. This does not take the place of corporate worship but is just as important. No home can exist if it is not built on a solid foundation, which is Jesus Christ, our Lord. In Genesis 12:8, we find these words:

“After that, Abram traveled south and set up camp in the hill country, with Bethel to the west and Ai to the east. There he built another altar and dedicated it to the Lord, and he worshiped the Lord.”

The Lord appeared to Abram (later known as Abraham) and told him he had reached the land God promised him. It was to be given to his descendants. When Abram pitched his tent, he built an altar. He called on the name of the Lord and expressed gratitude to God for his journey. His heart was filled with thanks. Not only did he call upon the name of the Lord, but the Lord appeared to him and answered him. It is my prayer today that we all have the assurance that as we bow before the Lord and call on Him, He will surely answer. May our homes be blessed by the power and presence of God. May we, if we have not done so already, erect an altar to give God thanks each and every day.