House of prayer
After attending the men's breakfast this morning, which is an accomplishment for me being that it is at 7:00 AM, I felt like I should post something that was on my heart. God has really been teaching me lately that without him, I am totally inadequate. I hope that my life, and my church can be so dependent on God, that I truly come before him in prayer on a daily, hourly, and even minute..ly (if that's a word) basis. What does the apostle Paul mean when he calls us to pray without ceasing? Is that even possible? Well, according to my own human ability, no! However, when I am completely relying on God and dependent on him, I will be drawn to prayer.
I think of a passage found in all the gospels but specifically in Matthew 21:12-13 (in the context of Jesus cleansing the temple) "12 Jesus entered the temple area and drove out all who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves. 13 "It is written," he said to them, "'My house will be called a house of prayer,' but you are making it a 'den of robbers.'"
If Jesus was so motivated to emphasize the aspect of prayer in His Father's house, why have I missed the importance of prayer in my own life. I hope and pray that I can reflect this principle, and that our church can reflect this principle as well. We are fallen, imperfect sinners who, only by the grace of God, have the ability to be called sons of God. Without him, we are nothing. What makes me so prideful, that I don't even consider his will on a daily basis?