Becoming a House of Prayer

Jerusalem Model, Temple of Herode

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Did you know the Bible describes a time when people witness the anger of Christ? 

He enters the temple in Jerusalem and observes the people,  then he leaves for the night.  Upon returning the following morning, He overturns tables where people are selling items in the temple courts. 

While expressing His anger, He states,

My house will be called a house of prayer for all the nations. Mark 11:17b

I read this previously.  I knew of Christ’s anger.  Maybe you did too. Let’s rethink it a bit.

Within the book of 1 Corinthians, the Apostle Paul explains how our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit.  (The Holy Spirit is God.  He is the third person of the unique trinity that encompasses who God is.)  

Paul means we are just as important as the temple in Jerusalem.  When we welcome Him into our hearts and lives, God lives within us. 

Can you hear these words echoing in your heart?

“My house will be called a house of prayer…”  

I do. Am I a house of prayer?

Sometimes the idea of simply praying seems incomplete, uneventful.  When I chat with a friend on the phone and they reveal a struggle in their life which I cannot possibly solve or assist, prayer comes like a fail-safe.  I don’t know what else to do, maybe we could pray.  It’s like a last resort or even a cop-out.  I hear myself say, “I’ll pray for you” and wonder if it’s enough. 

If it’s enough?  What could be more?  When I feel wealthy, I can donate money to some cause and feel valiant in my efforts.  When I have extra time, I can lend a hand personally packing items for someone in need or painting a friend’s room.  But are those expended energies more vital than placing my trust in the One who knows the answer to all problems and who creates all possibilities. 

Upon reflection, I long to become a house of prayer.  What about you?  Do you want to be a house of prayer?

If we’re serious, we start by seeking Him before we seek another course of action to solve a problem.  Sometimes a little prayer is all we can give, but what if we give it first before attempting to give something else. 

Involving God and trusting Him in our lives and the lives of those we for whom we care is the kindest thing we could do in any circumstance. It may not come with pomp and circumstance and they won’t often thank you for praying, but His power far exceeds our power every time.

Have you experienced the power of prayer in your life? How did it (and when I say “it”, I mean “He.”) help?

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About Paula Whidden

Wife, mom, author, speaker, former full-time youth and children's pastor turned stay-at-home-mom. Paula created www.FaithfulChoices.com to help people see and understand how our choices affect our destination in life, in marriage, in parenting and in social media. Paula wrote "25 Days 'Til Christ: An Advent Devotional for the Family" now available on Amazon.com. She is currently working on her second book to strengthen marriages.

  • Ann Washburn

    I have prayed for several things where I approached it with the attitude of faith that God WAS going to handle it as He had planned for the situation.  I still asked in my prayer that God do whatever it was that I was asking, but always including, “I know that You will work through this according to Your will, and that whatever happens is according to Your plan”.  So far, every prayer request has been answered in a positive way.  Still, I approach prayer with the knowledge that there may come a time where my request is not answered as I had hoped, as with an elderly church member who is ill, or undergoing dangerous or risky surgery, there is always the possibility that they will not live, yet that is my hope in those prayers, when I ask God to keep His healing hand over them.

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