The Little Parish: Beginning the Practice of Family Prayer

Thursday, 03 May 2007

We need to teach [our children] the necessity of daily repentance from sin, belief in Jesus Christ alone for justification, and the call to discipleship in Christ.
"Therefore it is the duty of every father of a family to question and examine his children and servants at least once a week and to ascertain what they know of it, or are learning and, if they do not know it, to keep them faithfully at it." These were the words of Martin Luther to German Protestants in the Preface to his Large Catechism. The practice of families praying, reading, and discussing Scripture together is a holy exercise that God's people have performed since Old Testament times. It is also a practice that ...

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