I love the worship at my church. We do a wide range of music with a variety of accompaniments that range from rhythm-driven modern songs to orchestra and choir-led anthems – and just about everything in between.
But one of the most meaningful parts of our morning worship doesn’t involve music at all. It’s what we call, “Prayer and Altar Time.” During these moments, the congregation is invited to be still and reflective in a posture of prayer – no singing, with usually only a piano playing very reflectively – and for those moments it is quiet. We also usually invite anyone who would like to join the pastor at the altar to slip out of the pew and find a place on the steps. It is a special part of our worship services every week.
Recently, during one of these times in our church, I saw something that reinforced, for me, something I know is true – fathers have a profound influence over their sons. And much, if not most of that influence, has a great deal more to do with what we do – than what we say.
I have come to believe that rather than merely articulating a Godly vision to my sons of the kind of men I would hope them to become, I would actually influence them more by focusing on being that kind of man myself.
So, what did I see that got me to thinking about all this?
I saw a young father moving toward the altar to pray and then watched his two young sons follow right after him there, kneeling on either side to pray. And that picture and this truth was indelibly placed in my mind…
Sons follow their fathers to the altar.