45Then he entered the temple area and began driving out those who were selling. 46“It is written,” he said to them, ” ‘My house will be a house of prayer’; but you have made it ‘a den of robbers.'” 47Every day he was teaching at the temple. But the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the leaders among the people were trying to kill him. 48Yet they could not find any way to do it, because all the people hung on his words.
- Our churches are centers for many good things, but is prayer an overriding concern or simply a nice extra? Is it the heart and soul of the body of believers who meet here? It is the people who are the temple of God in the New Testament; it is us who are the house of prayer. But how much of a house of prayer are we? Are we full of buying and selling? Are we a place where spiritual greed, theft, and religious sleight of hand are firmly lodged? Jesus thought it very important. Perhaps he felt without that communion with God the Father nothing else would ever make any difference, the lost would never be found, those enslaved would never be freed.
- Do you share that same passion for prayer in your body, the temple of God? Do you believe it is so critical, so essential that everything else is at risk without it?
- Do you pray faithfully according to the PGC prayer calendar? If not, then starting from this week, always remember to bring the Sunday Worship Bulletin home. Use the Weekly Prayer Guide to pray for our church, the different ministries, people’s needs, missionaries, and other matters. May you become a true “house of prayer”.
Suggestion for Family Devotional Time: Share the PGC weekly prayer list to all. Make it a family prayer time for the church. Lead or ask for volunteers to pray for the items.
Prayer & Journaling: On your prayer journal, as you listen to God, write down a few thoughts, questions, words, names, drawings, or anything that has come to your mind during this time.
Proverbs for Today 8:22-24
22 “The Lord possessed me at the beginning of his work, the first of his acts of old. 23 Ages ago I was set up, at the first, before the beginning of the earth. 24 When there were no depths I was brought forth, when there were no springs abounding with water.