Make Me A House of Prayer!

Mark 11:17- Is it not written, My House shall be called of all nations the house of prayer? but ye have made it a den of thieves.

When we think of a house of prayer, usually the first thought and visual that enters our mind is a beautiful structured edifice where believers assemble to worship God. And that is true, the church building is our corporate place of prayer. But, friend, I want you to know that when God created you and I, His thought process was more than us worshipping Him in a building. His intent was and still is that we would be that beautiful house of prayer that would continually fellowship and talk with Him. And, that is exactly what prayer is; talking with God. God has always desired to fellowship, be involved and talk with mankind. This is first illustrated with Adam and Eve (before they disobeyed God) as the Lord God walked and talked with Adam in the cool of the day. Here we see God’s desire to be involved with the details and life of His most precious treasure, mankind!

Praise God, all is not lost, because of God’s grace, mercy and love for humanity, He has continued to reach out to reconcile, restore, and reconnect mankind back unto Himself!

Throughout biblical times, we see our loving God always finding Himself a remnant of people to work through, to show His love, strength and power. He provided them with the blue print to built temples for His presence, because He always wanted to be intimately involved with humanity. However, during this era the draw back was only certain people, which was the Priests were allowed to enter the temples on behalf of the people. Everyone did not have access to the Holy God! But oh my in His infinite wisdom, love, mercy and grace; God planned and designed a redemptive plan that would give everyone, people of every race, nation, creed the opportunity to reconnect to a loving God. The temple was constructed for the presence of the Lord to dwelling in, to be close to His people ( Although we know that God is omnipresent, He is everywhere at once). This was a metaphor to illustrate God’s desire to fellowship with his people and a shadow of things to come with the outpouring of His Holy Spirit.

1 Corinthians 6:19 present to us a question that is worth mediating upon; What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost (Spirit), which is in you, which ye have of God and ye are not your own?

Yes, we are God’s temple, we host His awesome Spirit, His powerful Presence! Just as the temples were designed for His presence, our bodies are designed for the indwelling of the Lord, through the person of the Holy Spirit. We are praying agents with the ability to release God’s power and authority within our environment, circumstances, and surroundings. We are God’s House of Prayer! Our goal as believers should be to develop prayer as a way of life; it is our life style! We eat, breath and sleep talking with God. God come first and then we will make time for everything else, not that we make time for God after we have completed everything else! Our God wants us to be saturated with a desire to fellowship and talk with Him daily. Imagine, you and I have access to our Creator 24/7, we can boldly, but respectfully approach His throne at any time and plead our case for ourselves and others. What an honor and blessing this is to continually be able to enjoy His presence.

Let’s be that strong, vibrant, bold and fierce House of Prayer and release God’s power and authority to a hurting and dying world!


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