Many times throughout the Gospels we see Jesus going into the temple. One of those times Jesus drove people out for making His Father’s house something God had not intended for it to be. Often, we too are guilty of making God’s house into something other than what He intended. Jesus said in Matthew 21:13, “It is written My house shall be a house of prayer, but you are making it a robbers den.” We emphasize missions and so we should; but that’s not what Jesus said. He said His house would be a house of prayer. We focus on preaching and teaching, and so we should; but that’s not what Jesus said. He said His house would be a house of prayer. Music gets much of the attention in ministry as well, and again it should. But that’s not what Jesus said, He said His house would be the house of prayer. Jesus said, “My house shall be a house of PRAYER.” Missions, evangelism, teaching, preaching, music, and many other things are very important; however, they are empowered by prayer. Have we made God’s house a house of prayer? Or are we making it into something God never intended?
If we are going to see revival, true revival, in our churches, in our communities, or in our nation, we must pray. A prayer-less church is a powerless church. Likewise, a prayer-less Christian is a powerless one. We fuss about how far our nation is slipping away from God, but, are we praying? We gripe that prayer has been removed from schools, but, are we praying? We complain about the rampant immorality in the world, but, are we praying? We sneer at those who reject Jesus, but, have we prayed for them?
When we as God’s people begin to pray, truly pray, in fervent, passionate, prevailing prayer, we invite the powerful presence of God to invade and overcome our seemingly hopeless situation. It is way past time for Christians to stop playing church, and start being the church; the church that Jesus called us to be-a house of prayer. Church, I give you this charge-stand firm as God’s people uniting your hearts in prayer and seek the face of God for revival.
I, however, am only accountable for my actions as you are only accountable for yours. I choose to pray. What about you? As history clearly records, every great awakening was birthed in prayer. Will you join me?