1. That the worship of God in the midst of the cong., in the assembly of those who confess the true God together, is required of all believers, appears from various parts of the Bible (Ps 26:12; 42:4; Heb 10:25).
2. Just as important, however, for the nurture of the Christian's spiritual life is the daily communication with the Lord by way of private worship, by prayer, by reading the Word of God and meditating on it, and by discussing its truths with others (Ps 1:2; 55:17; 109:4; Mt 6:6). Examples of consecrated men and women who remained in such communication with the Lord are Hannah (1 Sm 1:10); David (2 Sm 7:27; 1 Ch 17:25); Elisha (2 K 4:33; 6:17); Ezra (Ez 10:1); Daniel (Dn 6:10; 9:34); Mary, the mother of Jesus (Lk 2:19, 51); Anna, the prophetess (Lk 2:37); the Ethiopian eunuch (Acts 8:28 ff.); Cornelius (Acts 10:2, 30); Peter (Acts 10:9); the Bereans (Acts 17:11); Paul (Acts 20:36); the prophets (1 Ptr 1:1011).
3. Home devotions may easily be arranged, either in the morning or in the evening, preferably right after meals, when all the members of the family are together. A few stanzas of a hymn may be sung, or the head of the house may at once read a chapter or a passage from the Bible or from some good book of exposition or a devotion based on a Bible passage. This will be followed by prayer suitable to the time or occasion and, possibly, by recital of part of the SC. The home service may close with the Lord's Prayer and the Benediction. The liturgical orders of Matins, Vespers, and Compline may well be used. See also Hours, Canonical.
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