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Matthew 21:13

Matthew 21:13 (ESV): "13 He said to them, "It is written, 'My house shall be called a house of prayer,' but you make it a den of robbers." 

God's house is a house of worship, a house of fellowship, a house of learning, but more so than all of that it is to be called a house of prayer. One of the greatest privileges we have as believers is to pray. It's our direct line to God. Why then are the prayer meetings the least attended services across all churches? Let's make His house a house of prayer again.

When Jesus rode into Jerusalem as prescribed by the prophet Zechariah He immediately entered the Temple and found the outer courts to be full of merchants. He was angry for this was the only place in the Temple the Gentiles could come and pray. He began flipping over tables and He drove the merchants out for the House of God is to be called a house of prayer for the nations, Jews and Gentiles alike!

The issue we face today is far different than in biblical days, rather than merchants crowding the outer courts, our schedules are crowding us out of the house of God. Our lives are filled with obligations that suck up all of our time. Making God's house a house of prayer means making prayer a priority. Take time today to prioritize prayer. Listen to the still small voice of God and follow Him into the secret place where miracles happen, amen?

Father, we thank You for the privilege it is to pray. Forgive us for making prayer less of a priority than it should be. You promise if we humble ourselves and pray that you will hear us. May we be praying for people and may we make Your house a house of prayer, we pray in Jesus' name, amen.
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