Family Altar: 6 Benefits of Family Devotion

Family altar is the assembly of the people who have a ‘common blood’ and a ‘common heart’ in the presence of the LORD. It is not about the construction of a tall table, or positioning a big stone at the corner of the bedroom.

I love this quote by Oswald Chambers: “You must be willing to be placed on the altar and go through the fire, willing to experience what the altar represent-burning, purification, and separation for only one purpose-the elimination of every desire and affection not grounded in or directed towards God. But you do not eliminate it, God does.”

Today’s message Updated July 20, 2021 is not famous on the search engine, but I am happy to highlight the benefits of sustaining a family altar in your home.

How the Structure of Family Altar looks like?

The family altar for the New Testament has nothing to do with the designs mentioned in the Old Testament. The attendants at the family altar are strictly the family members (father, mother, children, and relatives). And the synchronisation of the hearts of your family in the presence of the Lord forms the family altar.

Matthew chapter 5 verses 8 say: “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.

In the Old Testament, the LORD descends on the altar to communion with His children. But in the New Testament, the LORD dwells in our heart to fellowship with us. So, don’t joke with your sense of thought (the heart)!

Jesus says: “…If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him.” (John 14 verse 23)

How to Conduct the Family Altar

a. It must not be boring to the youngest child in the family.

b. Everyone must take part in an orderly form.

c. Consensus for the time and frequency for each day is essential.

d. Actions such as worship, singing praises, instrumentation, Bible studies/recitation and prayers are good features of family altar.

e. It is not the gathering for arguments, disorderliness or autocratic conducts.

6 Benefits of Family Altar

1. It chases evil spirits from your home

The spirit of confusion, deceit and sin cannot find it easy to dwell in your home if you maintain your family altar.

Jesus says: “When an unclean spirit goes out of a man, he goes through dry places, seeking rest; and finding none, he says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’ And when he comes, he finds it swept and put in order.

Then he goes and takes with him seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter and dwell there; and the last state of that man is worse than the first.” (Luke chapter 11 verse 24 to 26)

2. Family devotion increases Spiritual Strength

The spirit man of every member of your family would acquire divine strength through reading and meditating on the word of God. The prayer at the family altar is also a spiritual exercise that’ll keep the spirit of your family strong and healthy.

3. Family altar is a great avenue to Hear God

My heart always leaps for joy when I receive directions and solutions from the LORD. If your family devotion is consistent, then your family won’t miss the right step to take for their successful livelihood. “A 40 days journey won’t turn to 40 years journey.”

4. Family Devotion Sustains Unity

There is no home on earth without ups and downs, but it takes the supernatural Power of God to unite the family during the ‘downtime’. For instance, the rate of divorce is at the increase, because our generation had failed to take the family altar seriously.

5. Family Altar Promotes Love

The heart of human is flexible. For instance, the love of someone to his spouse after 10 years ago might go cold overnight. And the love of children to their parents might go sour due to some issues or vice versa.

But, the family altar has the power to avoid such hatred. I boldly tell you today that if you are consistent with the family devotion, your love to your spouse and children will wax stronger every day. And the ship of your family can never be wrecked by the storm of hatred or bitterness.

6. Good Training for the Children

It is important to take the spiritual life of your children seriously, because the level of immorality in our society is increasing daily. And a good environment for training your children is at the family altar.

Proverbs chapter 22 verse 6 says: “Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it.”

Bible Verses on Family Altar

The following Bible verses give a clear picture that God loves to receive close attention through altar (holy family gatherings) positioned in your home.

1. “Then Abram moved his tent, and went and dwelt by the terebinth trees of Mamre, which are in Hebron, and built an altar there to the LORD.” (Genesis 13:18)

2. “Then God said to Jacob, “Arise, go up to Bethel and dwell there; and make an altar there to God…”

And Jacob said to his household… “put away the foreign gods that are among you, purify yourselves, and change your garments.”” (Genesis 35:1-2)

3. “So, he built an altar there and called on the name of the LORD, and he pitched his tent there; and there Isaac’s servants dug a well.” (Genesis 26:25)

4. “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.” (Romans 12:1)

5. “Therefore, if you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.” (Matthew 5:23-24)

If you want to achieve a regular family devotion then put up a calendar reminder. Tell your smart home device to remind you or write an inscription like this on your board: “No one must go to bed without attending the family altar“.

You and your family can hear, see and know more about God through the family altar. It goes a long way to unite the family. Regular family devotion defeats spiritual warfare, and uplifts the success of your family. Fix a time today for your family altar and you won’t regret sacrificing your time and energy.

About Ekundayo

I am an evangelist in the vineyard of the Lord since 2000 moving from one place to another to spread the gospel of Jesus.

27 comments on “Family Altar: 6 Benefits of Family Devotion

  1. I am so happy Samson that you are blessed. The LORD will continue to release His Abundant Glory into you and your family as you uphold your family altar in Jesus name.

  2. Amen. Thank you Samuel. I am glad to know that your family altar is effective for the glory of the LORD. God will continue to make you and your family prosper in many ways in Jesus name.

  3. I bless God for HIS faithfulness for the word which have being helpful and insightful to make my home effective and efficient in the area family altar. God bless you.

  4. I needed this so much. The importance of teaching our children while still young has been outlined thoroughly. God bless you 🙏

  5. Thank you for your exposition. We are writing a book on family altar, please grant me permission to use the resources of your wisdom,

  6. Thanks a lot for the much needed information. We raised an altar as a family two weeks ago and my- the Lord is humbling my brothers to the fear of His name. Glory be to God.

  7. Thank you for this insight, I have started a family altar almost a year ago and since then I have been more blessed with guidance, growth, discipline and abundance. It is definitely a blessing for my family..

  8. thank you so much . this is powerful and very imoportant teaching that is needed for the family, we are practicing .
    for blessed family..

  9. Thank God for the understanding you have now Naydu. The Good News is that we are now in the dispensation of Grace, which makes it easier to please God than the Old Testament dispensation of Law. May the Lord Bless you with more wisdom and strength in Jesus name.

  10. Thank you for this teaching on family altars. You have just encouraged me because we have been doing these things that you describe as the component of a family altar but did not know we are raising an altar.

  11. Am happy to receive your victorious comment Chukx. You won’t regret such action, because the divine presence of the Lord will dwell with you.

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