When Dr. Richard Halverson was the U.S. Senate chaplain, he spoke before a group of evangelicals who had expressed their anger about Congress’ inactivity on the subject of school prayer.
They were irritated that congress had not acted with a strong initiative to restore prayer in schools. To these who were seeking greater initiative from the government, Dr. Halverson asked, “How many of you have prayed with your children this month, outside of church?”
Nobody raised their hand. Spiritual initiative starts in the home, not on Capitol Hill.
From ‘The Law of Perfect Freedom’ by Michael Scott Horton (ministry127.com)
Mat 6:5-6 (CEV): “When you pray, don’t be like those show-offs who love to stand up and pray in the meeting places and on the street corners. They do this just to look good. I can assure you that they already have their reward. When you pray, go into a room alone and close the door. Pray to your Father in private. He knows what is done in private, and he will reward you.”
“Pray in your family daily, that yours may be in the number of the families who call upon God.” - Christopher Love.