We, Americanized, New Testament Christians, tend to diminish the value of prayer at the church (House of the Lord). Yet scripture is full of examples wherein the power and value of prayer at the House of the Lord is emphasized. Even Jesus said, “my house shall be called a house of prayer for the nations.” Wherein we might have a tendency to see prayer at the House, gathering to pray at the House as an Old Testament tradition we are free from, Jesus shatters this concept with one powerful statement. But how can His house be a House of Prayer if we don’t pray and if we don’t pray at the House. The only way the House can fulfill this prophetic intention and gain this reputation is if we come and pray. I invite you to reconsider your prayer life in light of Jesus.
I would suggest that prayer was always the purpose for the House. Let’s make it our priority again!
I Kings 8:29 May your eyes be open toward this temple night and day, this place of which you said, ‘My Name shall be there,’ so that you will hear the prayer your servant prays toward this place.
I Kings 8:33 “When your people Israel have been defeated by an enemy because they have sinned against you, and when they turn back to you and give praise to your name, praying and making supplication to you in this temple, then hear from heaven and forgive the sin of your people Israel and bring them back to the land you gave to their ancestors.
I Kings 9:3 The LORD said to him: “I have heard the prayer and plea you have made before me; I have consecrated this temple, which you have built, by putting my Name there forever. My eyes and my heart will always be there.
Acts 3:1 One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the time of prayer—at three in the afternoon. 2 Now a man who was lame from birth was being carried to the temple gate called Beautiful, where he was put every day to beg from those going into the temple courts. 3 When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for money.
Acts 22:17 “When I returned to Jerusalem and was praying at the temple, I fell into a trance 18 and saw the Lord speaking to me. ‘Quick!’ he said. ‘Leave Jerusalem immediately, because the people here will not accept your testimony about me.’