“He said, “It’s written in Scripture, My house is a house of prayer;
You have turned it into a religious bazaar.”
(Luke 19:46 – MSG)
Jesus was speaking of the Temple as He cleared it of those carrying on business there. It is a stark reminder that the House of God is set aside for His glory as a place of prayer and worship. This should be true of all churches and other places of worship today.
However if that should be true for our churches it should also be true for both our own houses as well as the bodies which house us. As Paul reminds us
“Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you?” (1 Corinthians 3:16)
Worship and prayer should become a natural and ongoing part of our everyday lives. God is with us always so even when we go about our daily business and social lives He should be acknowledged and invited to be a part of them.
Our lives, homes and places of work can become spiritually cleaner and clearer, and more blessed and pleasant, as we worship God and pray Him into and through them.
- “in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” (Philippians 4:6)
- “pray continually” (1 Thessalonians 5:17)
- “And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.” (Ephesians 6:18)
Dedicate your home to the Lord by praying in each room and asking Him to enter and take possession of it. Practice worshipping and talking to Him as you move about your home. Next time you bathe dedicate your body to Him as well.
Father my home is You home, my body Your temple. Bless and honour them with your presence and make then holy to You. Amen.