“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.’” Matthew 21:13
When Jesus dealt with the religious robbers he declared the priority of HIS House. It will be known as the place where prayer is the chief goal of the church.
Could it be that the religious money changers were robbing the people of currency and also robbing the people of spiritual currency with God?
We know this Scripture. We have preached it and prayed about it. We have tried different prayer methods and have seen little response to our pleas to pray corporately. But isn’t it time to get back to what the church must put first?
LifeWay Christian Resources surveyed more than 1,300 evangelical leaders from around the world to determine what they perceived to be the “Top 10 Issues Facing Today’s Church.”
The number one issue was:
1.Prayer: The need for more ongoing, passionate prayer in both personal and church life.
We shout about how God’s people aren’t winning souls. We have heard sermons with statistics like, 90% of Christians never win a soul to Christ. However, Google that stat and it’s nowhere to be found.
We have strategies on how we need to do this or that to reach young people or target young families. Facility and ministry needs that zero in on reaching a specific demographic.
But honestly couldn’t it just be we have lost the belief that prayer must be first in the church?
Even if our giftedness and passion leans toward evangelism remember: “The harvest is great, but the workers are few. So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields.” Luke 10:2
JESUS said, so PRAY to the Lord of the harvest.
Jesus said again,”Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” Matthew 7:7
He further stated, “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” Mark 11:24
But we know this. We know to “come boldly to the throne of grace.” (Hebrews 4:16) We know to be persistent in prayer, “never stop praying.” (1 Thessalonians 5:17)
Then why isn’t this working? Why are the days so dark and revival is a word we used to use?
Could it be the enemy has actually convinced us that prayer doesn’t work?
Wesleyan Methodist Pastor and author of The Path of Prayer, Samuel Chadwick wrote, “Satan dreads nothing but prayer. His one concern is to keep the saints from praying. He fears nothing from prayerless studies, prayerless work, prayerless religion. He laughs at our toil, he mocks our wisdom, but he trembles when we pray.”
Let’s get back on our knees. More than ever we have to make prayer the priority in our churches. Start a prayer group in your home. Maybe a small group in your church.
After all Jesus promised, “If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.” John 14:14
Keep Looking Up!
Heaven is closer than you think.
May God bless your day.
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