Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | June 18, 2018

‘MY HOUSE SHALL BE CALLED A HOUSE OF PRAYER’

Today’s devotion comes from Matthew 21:12-13.

“And Jesus entered the temple and drove out all those who were buying and selling in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who were selling doves.  And He *said to them, “It is written, ‘MY HOUSE SHALL BE CALLED A HOUSE OF PRAYER’;  but you are making it a ROBBERS’ DEN.”  Matthew 21:12-13.

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“And He *said to them, “It is written, ‘MY HOUSE SHALL BE CALLED A HOUSE OF PRAYER’;  …”  Verse 13.

Jesus quoted from the following Scripture to command how His place of worship should be called and conducted.

“Even those I will bring to My holy mountain
And make them joyful in My house of prayer.
Their burnt offerings and their sacrifices will be acceptable on My altar;
For My house will be called a house of prayer for all the peoples.”  Isaiah 56:7.

This is amazing when we consider that He could have commanded His place of worship “A HOUSE OF PRAISE” or “A HOUSE OF PREACHING”.

And, it should make us consider how much emphasis that we give to prayer in our worship services.  Probably not enough.

“The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD,
But the prayer of the upright is His delight.”  Proverbs 15:8.

“FOR THE EYES OF THE LORD ARE TOWARD THE RIGHTEOUS,
AND HIS EARS ATTEND TO THEIR PRAYER,
BUT THE FACE OF THE LORD IS AGAINST THOSE WHO DO EVIL.”  1 Peter 3:12.

Other doctrine emphasize man’s works for God.

But, Reformed Doctrine emphasizes the prayers of God’s saints to God.

We better understand from the following Scripture how precious the prayers of God’s saints are when we consider how they are compared to incense and kept by God.

“When He had taken the book, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each one holding a harp and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints.”  Revelation 5:8.


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