Luke 19:46 “Saying unto them, It is written, My house is the house of prayer: but ye have made it a den of thieves.”
Is your church known for its prayer meetings and its answers to prayer? Are they well attended? When we gather, is prayer cherished among the brethren, or is it just something we do before the meal?
Most would say that prayer and its importance could increase. Before it ever reaches the church as a body and change, it must start individually in our prayer closet. We must change about this beautiful gift of prayer.
In the beginning, God walked with man on earth. After the fall, man began to call upon God.
Genesis 4:26 “And to Seth, to him also there was born a son; and he called his name Enos: then began men to call upon the name of the LORD.”
Jesus quoted Isaiah when saying that His house is a house of prayer.
Isaiah 56:7 “Even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer: their burnt offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted upon mine altar; for mine house shall be called an house of prayer for all people.”
As the disciples witnessed the life of Jesus, they saw a man of prayer, unlike any they had ever seen. They came to Him and asked:
Luke 11:1 “And it came to pass, that, as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.”
Often, people will recite the words that Jesus gave the disciples in Luke 11, but it wasn’t the word for word prayer He wanted us to pray. He wanted us, from our hearts, to adore Him, confess to Him, thank Him, and make our supplications known – in our own words.
David reveals to us the frequency of prayer.
Psalm 55:17 “Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice.”
God wants to be involved in every aspect of our life. He wants to help us see the beauty of living life His way. We are all too familiar with the results of our way.
Paul relates to the church at Thessalonica, the principle of prayer.
1 Thessalonians 5:17 “Pray without ceasing.”
It is not an “on your knees” type of prayer, but a conversation with God throughout the day.
Do you have one that you partner with which you pray together? Whether in person or on the phone, you call and share your burden and your partner covenant to come before God’s throne with your petitions?
Having a partner will keep you accountable. Having a partner will motivate you to think beyond yourself and your needs and look upon others’ needs. It should be one of the church’s main functions next to evangelization, teaching, and maintaining the health of Christ’s body.
Each member must bring a passion for prayer to the meeting place of the church. Then, the Holy Spirit can impress upon the pastor to have the body as a whole to come together for prayer at a set time, or spontaneously.
If there is a lack, your prayer for it to become important must start in your prayer closet. Ask God for your church to become the house of worship for which we should be known. Then, watch as God moves.
Happy Lord’s Day – See you in church!