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When you are in Christ, it should be second nature to worship Him. We don’t have to let the weight of the world pull us away from His presence! A good thing is that the Lord is not evasive! When we praise Him, he comes near to us. We don’t have to jump through hoops to enjoy His presence. He is a good Father and He wants us to enjoy Him. Here are some ways to set an atmosphere of worship in your home, whether you are alone or the whole family is around.
Sometimes, a good Christian / Gospel song is all you need to invite the presence of the Lord. It can get you in the mood to worship Him and can set the tone for a day well spent. Find out what kind of praise music you like best. Gospel, contemporary Christian music, choir music, soft worship music, or instrumentals. I like them all, for different occasions. Some of my favorite artists are Jonathan McReynolds, Marvin Sapp, Tasha Cobbs, Kierra Sheard, Toby Mac, Casting Crowns, Grace Williams, and Julie True. Lately, I have been putting on instrumental music that I’ve found on YouTube when I pray or read my Bible. For instrumentals, I always go to the Channels Kyle Lovett, and Dappy T Keys.
Read The Bible Aloud
The Word of God is always going to be a way to invite the Lord into your home and set an atmosphere of worship. Either you can sit alone and read aloud or invite your family to listen to you. Or take turns reading! Have a Bible study! Or you can turn on a recording of the Bible being read. There are tons of those on YouTube. Also, a really great recording of the whole Bible that my husband and I have been enjoying for years is The Bible Experience. It’s an audio collection of the bible read with background effects that made each scene come alive. You can find it here on Amazon:
You may be thinking to yourself, “What?! Clean house?!” Well for me, whenever I clean my house, I always put a song or a sermon on and pray as I clean. I think to myself, “What if Jesus knocked on my door? Would I be embarrassed to let Him in?” I don’t want that answer to be yes, so when I clean my house, I feel like I’m inviting the Lord in. It is sort of an act of inviting Him in, for me. As I sweep, mop, pick up and declutter, fold laundry and wipe off surfaces, I always feel the Lord is proud of me for taking care of my home and making room for Him. Lighting candles or burning wax melts always adds an extra touch.
Be still and Quiet
For so many of us, especially us moms, this is hard to achieve. I have to fight for quietness and stillness in my home! But I value it, so I do fight for it! Having prayer time or Bible reading time usually has to be first thing in the morning or late at night. Sometimes, if the kids are quietly playing or engrossed in a good TV show, I can put my headphones on and read my Bible. This has been my trick lately. I have yet to get some noise-canceling headphones, but they are on my Amazon wish list! Here’s a pair I have my eyes on:
Join A Prayer Line
There are a lot of these going on. A prayer line is basically a group of believers joining together virtually by phone or online to pray and worship together. Check with your church and see if there’s one going on. Mine has one weekly. Or go on YouTube and search’ live Christian prayer’. A couple of channels I know of that have live prayer sessions are Bro Mike Man Of God and International House of Prayer. There are also some really good prayer, worship and Bible study groups on FB. Just search for them and you’ll find them!
This is my best advice for creating an atmosphere of worship in your home. You may feel stressed, but you CAN have peace in Christ! You CAN have joy in Christ! The Lord does not want us to feel hurried and anxious. Come to Him with all of your worries, because He cares for you. When you worship Him, you are taking your eyes off of the problem at hand and giving it to the Lord, who wants to take care of it for you. God bless you! Let me know how you are incorporating this advice into your daily routine!