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Becoming a House of Prayer

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When Jesus entered the temple everything changed! He drove out all that was keeping His house from being a house of prayer. After He finished, the blind and lame came and were healed! 

When His house is filled with His Presence there is life, light, power, and healing flowing! 

Christ does not dwell in a temple made of stone.

I Cor 3:16 says, “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy, for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.“ 

We are to be His house, His dwelling place, but in order to become His dwelling place we have to give Him His rightful place. We must be willing for Him to come in and cleanse His house within us and drive out all that displeases Him. 

As we seek God in the secret place, opening our heart to His presence we will begin to see our need for cleansing.

While in God’s presence, Job said to the Lord, “I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear, but now mine eye seeth thee, wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes."

In His holiness we see our unholiness and become willing for Him to cleanse us. As He cleanses us by removing all that is displeasing to Him, He fills His house within us with His presence. His house within us then becomes a house of prayer as it was meant to be! The prayers that flow out from a house where He dwells will be prayers of brokenness and repentance! THEN His life and power will begin to flow out through us.  

The prophet Isaiah focused on all that was wrong with his nation until he had an encounter with God. While he was in the presence of God, his eyes were opened to his own need.

It was in the presence of God that he said, “Woe is me for I am undone! I am a man of unclean lips and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips. For my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts.”

As he was in God’s presence, Isaiah saw his need; his iniquity was taken away, and his sin was purged. Because he allowed God to come into his house and cleanse it, it became a house of prayer. Isaiah became an intercessor that was willing to give his life. It was then that God could use him!

Sadly, when the Pharisees heard Jesus’ words they rejected them because they were not willing to let Him cleanse the temple of the Lord within them. They were merely content with being religious. They prayed long eloquent prayers, but their prayers were not effective because they were not coming from the heart. Outwardly they did all the right things, but they eliminated the most important step — a relationship with their God. 

Jesus said of the Pharisees in Matthew 15, “These people draw near to Me with their mouth, And honor Me with their lips, But their heart is far from Me. And in vain they worship Me, Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.”

Someone can pray all the time, but if their heart is not connected to those prayers God will not hear. Many people in other religions pray, but God is not hearing or answering their prayers. 

Praying for revival will not be effective if the prayer is not coming from a humble and repentant heart with the right motives. God said, “If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways...” There are steps that must be taken in order to enter His presence. We must humble ourselves and seek Him with repentant hearts. In His presence the cleansing will take place and healing will come! 

The Lord opened Zechariah the prophet’s eyes to see the high priest Joshua standing before the Angel of the Lord and Satan standing at his right hand to oppose Him.

The Lord said to Satan, “The Lord rebuke you Satan! The Lord who has chosen Jerusalem rebuke you! Is not this a brand plucked from the fire?”

Joshua was a high priest, yet he was still clothed with filthy garments. As he stood in the presence of God, his filthy garments were taken away; his iniquity was removed from him; and he was clothed with rich robes. His cleansing came from being in the presence of God, and in that place Satan had no power over him.
 

Then God said, “It is not by might, nor by power but by My Spirit!”

It does not matter how strong we are. We can build great buildings for the Lord and fill them with people, but if His presence is not with us, and within us that work is of no eternal value! We can do nothing. If we are not being transformed by His word and His Spirit, we will remain the same — merely religious with filthy garments. 

As we draw near to God continually day and night with a sincere, broken, repentant, and humble heart, God will cleanse His house within us and His presence will fill His house within us and begin to flow out through us! Like Isaiah, we will not only be focused on the problems of our nation. We will be identifying with the problem and be broken before the Lord, becoming a house of prayer and useful channels for the work of God! 

Nehemiah prayed in Neh 1:6, “Please let Your ear be attentive and Your eyes open, that You may hear the prayer of Your servant which I pray before You now, day and night, for the children of Israel Your servants, and confess the sins of the children of Israel which we have sinned against You. Both my father’s house and I have sinned.”

Nehemiah identified with the problems in his nation. 

America is in the condition it is in because of the condition of God’s people. It is easier to point our finger at those in authority within the church and blame them than it is to look inward! Let us today begin to be like Isaiah and Nehemiah looking inward at our own condition.

Let us pray, “Lord come into my temple within and drive out any impure motives, drive out sin in my life and fill me with your presence! Make me a house of prayer!”

That will be the beginning of revival in your life which will spread like a fire! 


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