My House Will Be A House Of Prayer
And Jesus entered the temple and drove out all who sold and bought in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money-changers and the seats of those who sold pigeons. He said to them, "It is written, 'My house shall be called a house of prayer,' but you make it a den of robbers."
- Matthew 21:12-13
In these verses, Jesus was quoting from an Old Testament passage. Do you know which one it is? Those who were buying and selling in the temple had forgotten. Their minds and hearts were not set on God or his Word, even in the temple, the Father's house!
Jesus was humble, reverent, and obedient to the Father in everything. He knew what scripture said, and he saw that the Father was not being viewed correctly or worshipped according to all He deserves and requires. In a place that God was supposed to be the center and purpose, the people had turned it into a market to do business. They had forgotten the very one for whom the temple was built.
A couple questions for thought:
- Would my church today be considered a "house of prayer"?
- What does/should that look like?
- Is God the center of our lives and worship, at church and at home?
- How often do we acknowledge Him through humble prayer?
"My house shall be called a house of prayer"
We will be diving into this statement from Jesus more in the coming weeks.