Scripture: (2 Chr 31:20-21 NKJV)  Thus Hezekiah did throughout all Judah, and he did what was good and right and true before the LORD his God. {21} And in every work that he began in the service of the house of God, in the law and in the commandment, to seek his God, he did it with all his heart. So he prospered.

Observation: From the time Hezekiah became king of Judah he began a reform of a spiritual nature throughout the nation but also a physical restoration of the temple and its services.  Not only did he order the repair of the temple, with everyone’s contribution, but he also destroyed the worship of other gods and moved the people to rededicate themselves and their children to the worship of the true God.

Application: So you hear or read how critically important it is to lead by example in the worship of the Lord, particularly in the life of our children.  And you may think that since you have not been doing it – you have not been praying with and for your children, or you have not been having daily worship with them, or you have not been spending time every day studying God’s will, seeking His will or following His commands – so you may feel guilty and maybe tempted to give up and simply continue the same pattern for your and their lives.
The story of Hezekiah’s reforms can teach us that it is never too late to begin again, it is never too late to make changes in our personal devotional life or in the family worship of our God.  So why not begin today.  You can talk to your family, confess that you have not been faithful to His commands in that you have not been leading them by example in the worship of God, and share with them that you intend to begin again, and to invite them to join you.  Explain that you are making a new commitment to pray with and for them every day, and that you will be studying a portion of the Scriptures, and that you would  like to gather with them each day to have family worship time.   The honest confession on your part will show them that you’re transparent with them and are willing to show them your human nature, that you’re not perfect but also that you want to do your best under God’s guidance.  Don’t let the devil defeat you and continue in the same pattern of disregard for God and His worship.  Think of yourself as the Hezekiah of your home, making personal and family reforms in order to bring a revival of the faith to your family.  While you may encounter some resistance, if you do it kindly and lovingly, and persevere, the results will be better than continuing to neglect your personal and your family devotional life and daily commitment to God.

A Prayer You May Say: Father, forgive us for neglecting our time and communion with You and for not leading our family in a daily experience of prayer and worship with You.  Help us to begin again, to make things right with You, and to bring about this reform and revival in our lives and that of our children.

Used by permission of Adventist Family Ministries, North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists.



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