Luke 19.46 – 46 saying to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be a house of prayer,’ but you have made it a den of robbers.”
When Jesus proclaimed the main description for his church he said: My house will be a house of prayer. Now he could have said that it was to be a house of justice or worship or righteousness or obedience or whatever the latest trend is – but he said prayer. Jesus’ desire and declaration was that his family would be known for prayer – people who’s most common activity was being with God in conversation.
I like what Pete Grieg wrote when he was trying to articulate why young people were opening 24/7 prayer rooms all over the globe, he said, “The vision is Jesus.” It’s Jesus that we love and follow, it’s Jesus for whom we lay down our rights and dreams and plans, it’s Jesus for whom we go without food or a proper place to sleep, it’s Jesus for whom we give all we can! The vision is Jesus – we must know him, we must hear from him, we must follow him, we must be with him – until we are, we’ll be unsatisfied. In Jesus is our greatest treasure. In Jesus is all beauty. In Jesus is fullness of joy.
Now, don’t worry if what I just wrote sounds like a fantasy, and not even a dream – Jesus promised that he’d change us to know and want all this. This week as I pray for what God is doing through Alpha, I’m going do it with the vision of Jesus. I pray because He’s worth it – time with him is never wasted and time in prayer is what he wants for us. Prayer is a terrible strategy for ministry success, but it is our key activity because the vision is Jesus. Knowing him, seeing him, hearing him, loving him, obeying him and being with him.
As I write this, I feel that my approach to prayer needs a major overhaul – it’s not about me and my needs; but it’s about Him and his worthiness to be worshipped and his invitation to relationship. He wants me to be a house of prayer, so today, I’ll let him start that work. Will you join me?