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Effective Family Altar (1) by Pastor Faith Oyedepo

Dear Reader,

It is the start of a new era for you and your family, as God is set to make all things brand new for you. The Bible says concerning your family this year: And the Gentiles shall see thy righteousness, and all kings thy glory: and thou shalt be called by a new name, which the mouth of the Lord shall name (Isaiah 62:2). These are God’s sure words to you and they must be fulfilled in Jesus’s name!

However, you must understand that to see God’s Word fulfilled in your life and family, you must be ready to war with scriptures. This means contending for those blessings laid in store for you. We understand from Scripture that …a great door and effectual is opened…, and there are many adversaries (1 Corinthians 16:9). These adversaries are strategically positioned to block your access from that which God has already packaged for you, so you must fight to see that you receive what belongs to you.

But, How Do You Fight?

You must contend with the adversaries blocking your blessings, successful home, career, finances and family peace in prayers. That is why in this first month of the year, I shall be teaching on building an Effective Family Altar.

What is a Family Altar?

It means a particular time or place set aside for your family to fellowship together. This fellowship might not just be in prayers alone but also in studying the Word. However, the emphasis of this teaching will be on the effect or power derived from a strong family prayer altar. Every Christian family must have this in place if they desire to do more valiantly spiritually. The Bible says: Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour (Ecclesiastes 4:9). Hence, your prayer labour will be more effectual if your family is actively involved. Do you desire a family breakthrough? Are there issues confronting the peace and stability of your family? Are there habits you want to get loosed from? These can be won on the prayer altar.

The physical world can be controlled from your prayer altar. The progress, promotion, the peace you desire in your home can be gotten from the prayer altar. A successful prayer life always amounts to general life success because the spiritual will always control the happenings around you.

But, Why Must You Build a Family Altar?

You must understand that everything contrary to what God has originally intended for you is the enemy at work. So, behind those constant fights, misfortune, unrest, is the devil. The enemy is jealous of God’s blessings on your life and family and he is doing everything to stop the flow of these blessings into your family. So, you must also stand your grounds together with your family, to contend with him and possess that which rightfully belongs to you.

One thing you must understand when you pray is that power is generated on the altar of prayer (Psalm 66:3). With this power, you can withstand all the fiery darts of the devil (Ephesians 6:13). Therefore, prayer is a major force in sending all oppositions off your territory and consequently triumphing in life.

Some people think being a Christian automatically exempts them from the woes of this world. No! It only gives you an edge over the opposition. Warfare is inevitable, but victory is always guaranteed in Christ. The Bible says: For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith (1 John 5:4).

What Then, Can Effective Prayer Do?

It Provokes Divine Help: Without help from above, we are helpless on earth. The enemy is fierce and is often out against God’s people. Thus, it is important we access divine help if we must live above this fierceness; and prayer is an avenue to access it. The Bible says: Let us, therefore, come boldly unto the throne of grace that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need (Hebrews 4:16).

It Grants You Access To Mercy: This is one of God’s profound ways of helping His people. Certain things may be responsible for where you are today, but the mercy of God always answers in prayer, thereby breaking every force holding you captive. The truth is: You might not even be fighting against the devil; it might be your past deeds that have brought your family to where it is right now. God can be entreated when you call for mercy (2 Chronicles 20:21-22).

It Makes You Encounter Angelic Intervention: Angels are our security agents and they excel in strength (Psalm 103:20). They ward off all evils and plagues from us. When you feel troubled or your family is under any form of stress, you can pray for angelic intervention. Their job is to fight against anything troubling you, so you can access your victory easily.

However, you cannot receive this help in prayer or achieve tremendous results on the prayer altar if you are not born again. Only the prayer of the righteous avails much (James 5:16). To be born again you need to accept Jesus as your Lord and personal Saviour. So, if you have not done this, or may have wandered away at a point in time, you should say this prayer in faith: Dear Lord Jesus Christ, I come to You today. I am a sinner. Forgive me my sins and cleanse me with Your Blood. I accept You as my Lord and Saviour. Make me a child of God today. Thank You for delivering me from sin and satan to serve the living God and thank You for accepting me into Your Kingdom.

Congratulations! If you prayed this simple prayer of faith with me, you are now born again and a child of God. He loves you and will never leave you. Read your Bible daily, obey God’s Word and seek Christian fellowship (John 14:21).

With this, you are guaranteed all-round rest and peace in Jesus’ Name! Call or write to share your testimonies with me through [email protected], 07026385437 OR 08141320204.

For more insight, these books authored by me are available at the Dominion Bookstores in all Living Faith Churches and other leading Christian bookstores: Marriage Covenant, Making Marriage Work, Building A Successful Home and Success in Marriage (Co-Authored).

Pastor Faith Oyedepo is the wife of Bishop David Oyedepo, the founder of the Living Faith Church Worldwide a.k.a. Winners’ Chapel, and Senior Pastor of Faith Tabernacle, Canaanland, Ota, Nigeria.
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