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The master of the family has the charge of the souls under his roof; and surely the case of a family requires family prayer. Are there not family wants, sins, and mercies, that require such an exercise?
O what a heavy vengeance abides families that are without the worship of God! Jer. 10:25, “Pour out thy fury upon the heathen that know thee not, and upon the families that call not on thy name.” That house that is not sanctified by prayer, is like to be the house of the wicked, where God’s curse is. How will ye answer for the souls committed to your charge, who do not pray in your families? No wonder godly persons should scare at your family; though indeed it is to be lamented, that many professors like Jonah will flee from the presence of the Lord, out of a praying family to a prayerless one; whom a storm sometimes pursues.
Boston, T. (1852). The Whole Works of Thomas Boston: Discourses on Prayer. (S. M‘Millan, Ed.) (Vol. 11, p. 14). Aberdeen: George and Robert King.