A House Of Prayer
And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves. Matthew 21:13 (KJV)
Jesus called the gathering place for the Church, “My House.” During these times of emphasis on the “House Church” we must remember the “Temple.”
And day after day they regularly assembled in the temple with united purpose, and in their homes they broke bread [including the Lord’s Supper] . . . Acts 2:46 (AMP)
The regular gathering in the “temple” took place daily even as did the gatherings for fellowship and communion in individual homes.
I pray that we can learn from past mistakes and not “throw out the baby with the bath.” The Holy Spirit is not leading people to homes in lieu of the church. It is not a matter of “either – or.” The people of God are actually being called to more participation in church as well as more relationship and participation with each other.
Today, the Church is becoming complacent, self-seeking and self-serving. There is a “What’s in it for me” attitude that must be done away with. The people of God are sleeping through the very things that are most important to their Lord.
And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour? Matthew 26:40 (KJV)
The Church should find its rooms filled with people of prayer who are seeking the face of God to learn the will and ways of God in this hour. There should be a renewal of holy fervor.
Even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer: their burnt offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted upon mine altar; for mine house shall be called an house of prayer for all people. Isaiah 56:7 (KJV)