Today’s devotion is written by Johannes - dig in!
And he was teaching them and saying to them, “Is it not written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer for all the nations’? But you have made it a den of robbers.” Mark 11: 17 we. You can read the full text here
We see in today’s text that Jesus got straight down to the meaning of the use of temple. The temple was a place where people came and confessed their sins and lifted up their requests. The Temple was where they met God.
Today our temple is our heart (1 Corinthians 3:16-17). We know the Bible. We teach the word... but do we give Jesus His rightful place in our hearts?
A house of prayer is a heart that lays their burdens down at the feet of Jesus. This is a house that has faith that what they pray for shall be answered according to the will of God. People that do this live a life of victory, a life of boldness and a life full of joy. The person who makes their house a house of prayer is a living testimony to people they come in contact with.
The main thing of a house of prayer is that Jesus is the ruler there.
Jesus says “that you have made it a den of robbers”. Below is some examples of how we make our hearts a den of robbers.
Stress = Situations out of your control.
Finances = Trying to make our own way in this so often.
Success = wanting to be the best in this failing world.
There are many more but we allow these things to push Jesus out when we do that we become miserable. We do these things and take matters into our own hands because we feel that there is something I should do so we start to stress, etc. Just like the free gift of salvation that lots of people reject because they feel there is something they have to do to earn it. When you pray, all it requires from you is to leave your need and request with Jesus. Have faith that He will answer it.
I challenge you today before you call friends or read some self help book make your house a house of prayer. The results will amaze you. God is Able!