On April 16,1604, Matthew Henry preached an abundantly practical sermon to the families gathered in his congregation. One part of the sermon was for equipping them for prayer in their households. Here is what he said:
Five things especially you should have upon your heart in your family prayer, and should endeavor to bring something of each into every prayer with your families:
1. You ought to make family acknowledgements on your dependence upon God and his Providences as you are a family.
Give unto the Lord the Glory due unto his Name; give honor to God as the Founder of families by his ordinance, because it was not good for man to be alone; as the founder of your families by his Providence, for he it is that buildeth the house, and setteth the solitary in families.…