Pastor Tim Romero
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Isaiah 56:7 (ESV): "7 these I will bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer; their burnt offerings and their sacrifices will be accepted on my altar; for my house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples."God doesn't only want His house to be recognized as a house of worship but also as a house of prayer. God wants His people to learn about Him and to sing to Him but also to pray fervently to Him for prayer aligns the heart of man with the heart of God. His will is what we want and He will is that His people would be praying people thus His house will be known as a house of prayer.
God has made prayer a primary activity in His house from the start. Although Isaiah is making this declaration in our devo today, God has long before declared His house as a house of prayer. The first mention of prayer is found in Genesis 4:26 (ESV): "At that time people began to call upon the name of the Lord." They didn't have a house to pray in yet but they prayed. The intent of the Tabernacle was so God could "dwell with His people (Ex 25:8)." He wants to be in the midst of our prayers. Because prayer changes things!
The first recorded prayer in the Bible is Abraham's prayer of intercession for Lot in Sodom and Gomorrah (Gen 18:22-33). Fast forward to Hannah who went to the house of the Lord to pray for her barren womb to be opened (1 Sam 1), or Hezekiah who prayed for God to add years to his life (2 Kgs 20). Jesus prayed often at the house of the Lord. He actually made this very declaration of Isaiah 56:7 when he cleansed the Temple (Matt 21:13). The question is not what God has said about prayer for that is clear, but what we are doing as a result!
Is God's house a house of prayer to you or is it something else? Do you come to get something from God or to give something to Him? Is His house the place you run to pray? Not every church takes prayer seriously. Does yours? I want to encourage you to attend the corporate prayer time, come early into His house and pray, stay after the service, and pray. Make His house a house of prayer Saints. That is what He wants it to be known for so let's make it known for that, amen?
Father, we thank You for giving us the awesome privilege to pray! To be able to call upon You at all times is a treasure we take little advantage of. Forgive us for making Your house known for other things other than prayer. May we return to the basic premise and make prayer a priority in our lives. Fill us with passion for prayer we pray in Jesus' name, amen.