Humble yourselves in the
sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up. James 4:10.
If ever there was a time when every house
should be a house of prayer, it is now. Infidelity and skepticism prevail.
Iniquity abounds. Corruption flows in the vital currents of the soul, and
rebellion against God breaks out in the life. Enslaved by sin, the moral powers
are under the tyranny of Satan. The soul is made the sport of his temptation;
and unless some mighty arm is stretched out to rescue him, man goes where the
arch rebel leads the way.
And yet in this time of fearful peril
some who profess to be Christians have no family prayer. . . .
The idea that prayer is not essential is
one of Satan's most successful devices to ruin souls. Prayer is communion with
God, the fountain of wisdom, the source of strength and peace and happiness.
Jesus prayed to the Father "with strong crying and tears." . . .
"Pray one for another," James says; "the effectual fervent
prayer of a righteous man availeth much."
By sincere, earnest prayer parents should
make a hedge about their children. They should pray with full faith that God
will abide with them, and that holy angels will guard them and their children
from Satan's cruel power. . . .
How appropriate it is for parents to
gather their children about them before the fast is broken and point them to
the heavenly Father, who so liberally gives them the bounties of His
providence! How fitting for them to thank Him for His protection during the
night and to ask for His help and grace and the watchcare of His angels during
the day! How fitting, also, when evening comes, to gather once more before Him
and praise Him for the mercies and blessings of the day that is past!
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