This is the week preceding Easter, known as Holy Week. Jesus was preparing to die on Friday and rise again on Sunday. It would have been a somber week for most of us but Jesus didn’t go into hiding; He worked even harder.
Last Sunday, marked His triumphal entry into Jerusalem. His first act in Jerusalem was to clean out the temple. He entered the temple courts we are told, and drove out traders, buyers and money changers overturning their tables, saying ““It is written,” he said to them, “ ‘My house will be called a house of prayer,’ but you are making it ‘a den of robbers.’ ” (Matthew 21:13) quoting Isaiah 56:7 and Jer. 7:11, and by so doing conforming His actions to scripture.
We all go to Church for different reasons and Church represents many things for many people. For some it’s a house of fellowship, a house of healing. To others it’s a house of restoration, a house of praise, or a house of hope.
Whatever your Church means to you or however it’s labeled, Jesus said it is a house of prayer! A house where we commune with God in a divine way. However many things we do in our Churches, prayer should have primacy. God in His wisdom has designed prayer as the means to contact Him and designated His house as the place to connect with Him in a special way.
Whenever we gather together in His house, prayer must be prominent. All other things are secondary.
If Jesus were to come into our Churches today, will He find it being used as a House of Prayer or a den of thieves among other unwholesome attributes?. What a formidable force the Church as a whole will be if all our Churches keep prayer front and center! May God help His Church!
Love, Lady Monica ❤️