Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living
And foreigners who bind themselves to the LORD
to serve him,
to love the name of the LORD,
and to worship him,
all who keep the Sabbath without desecrating it
and who hold fast to my covenant–
these I will bring to my holy mountain
and give them joy in my house of prayer.
Their burnt offerings and sacrifices
will be accepted on my altar;
for my house will be called
a house of prayer for all nations.
(Isaiah 56:6-7 (NIV))
For my house will be called a house of prayer for all nations!
When we, as believers go to our churches, what is it that we spend most of our time doing once we get there?
Chances are, if you are like most other congregations, you spend a good amount of time singing and an even larger amount of time hearing someone preach. Don’t take what I am about to say wrong, but, God did not say that His house was a house of singing or a house of preaching. It is a house of prayer. All throughout the Old Testament, we see God moving when His prophets prayed.
Jesus knew this principle. He became very angry when people turned the Temple into a place to make a profit.
“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 (NIV))
Take a look at all of the great things that God accomplished through the apostles in Acts. Every time that one of these great works of God happened, you will find the words “they prayed.”
It is through prayer that God moves. It is through a fervent desire to see God move that He moves.
When was the last time that the Body of Christ got together in your church group and fervently prayed from the heart? Was it something that was so distressful that your very spirit cried out for God to intervene?
This is true prayer! When we turn to God out of a deep despair or desire, God will hear.
When was the last time that you truly prayed?