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A House of Prayer for all Nations!

 

Scripture reading for February 24th:  Mark 11

Key scriptures for over-comers:  Mark 11:15-17  “On reaching Jerusalem, Jesus entered the temple area and began driving out those who were buying and selling there.  He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves, and would not allow anyone to carry merchandise through the temple courts.  And as He taught them, He said, “Is it not written: “‘My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations’?”  But you have made it ‘a den of robbers.'”

Jesus was beginning His last week ministering on earth as a man.  He went to the temple the first evening and just observed what was going on and then quietly left.  (Mark 11:11)  The next day Jesus returned to the temple and began to drive out the money-changers and those who bought and sold sacrifices.  He upset their tables and their “apple cart!”  His problem was with the purpose of the temple:  God designated it a place of prayer for all nations!  (See 1st Kings 8:23-61)  The activities of buying and selling were hindering people in their sincere approach to God!  God desired to give all people joy in His house of prayer as they received answers and forgiveness through drawing near to Him.  (Isaiah 56:6-8)  Jesus used this cleaning of the temple again to emphasize and teach His desire for all nations to commune with Him and the Father.

Observations for over-comers:  Jesus is zealous for His house and has designated it a “house of prayer for all nations.”  His Church must joyfully allow the Spirit freedom to direct them in prayer for the nations!   “And foreigners who bind themselves to the Lord to serve Him, to love the name of the Lord and to worship Him, all who keep the Sabbath without desecrating it and who hold fast to My covenant–these I will bring to My holy mountain and give them joy in My house of prayer.”  (Isaiah 57:6-7)

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A House of Prayer!

Scripture reading for March 3rd: Mark 11:1-25, Psalms 46:1-11, Proverbs 10:23

When Solomon dedicated the temple about a thousand years before Jesus visited it, he had dedicated the temple as a place where people could seek the Lord for healing, forgiveness, and deliverance.  The presence of the Lord was in the midst of the nation, with God dwelling there in the Holy of Holies.  People were to come there with their needs and seek God in humble prayer. “If My people, who are called by My Name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land. Now My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place.  I have chosen and consecrated this temple so that My Name may be there forever.  My eyes and my heart will always be there.” (2nd Chronicles 7:14-16)  God watched over the temple and it was consecrated as a place of prayer!

When Jesus came into the temple on the first day of Passover week, He came riding on a colt of a donkey with the people crying out, “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!  Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David!  Hosanna in the highest!” (Mark 11:9-10)  He entered the temple as the Son of God and with His eyes He saw and observed what was happening there.  The sight must have grieved Jesus for He went away to pray overnight.

The next day He returned, entered the temple, and began driving out those who were buying and selling sacrifices and changing money.  He overturned tables and caused quite a stir with His righteous anger.  He taught them, “Is it not written: “‘My House will be called a house of prayer for all nations’? But you have made it a ‘den of robbers.'” (Mark 11:17)  Jesus quoted from Isaiah 56:7 and Jeremiah 7:11 where the prophets had re-emphasized the role of God’s house and rebuked the people for using it for their own selfish purposes.

Now we are the temple of God and God dwells in our midst!  Take a moment to think about your life.  Is your life marked by prayer, not only for yourself, but all nations?  Let your house be marked by prayer!  Remember, the same God lives in you today!

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A House of Prayer!

Scripture reading for March 3rd: Mark 11:1-25, Psalms 46:1-11, Proverbs 10:23

When Solomon dedicated the temple about a thousand years before Jesus visited it, he had dedicated the temple as a place where people could seek the Lord for healing, forgiveness, and deliverance.  The presence of the Lord was in the midst of the nation, with God dwelling there in the Holy of Holies.  People were to come there with their needs and seek God in humble prayer.  “If My people, who are called by My Name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land. Now My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place.  I have chosen and consecrated this temple so that My Name may be there forever.  My eyes and my heart will always be there.” (2nd Chronicles 7:14-16)  God watched over the temple and it was consecrated as a place of prayer!

When Jesus came into the temple on the first day of Passover week, He came riding on a colt of a donkey with the people crying out, “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!  Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David!  Hosanna in the highest!” (Mark 11:9-10)  He entered the temple as the Son of God and with His eyes He saw and observed what was happening there.  The sight must have grieved Jesus for He went away to pray overnight.

The next day He returned, entered the temple, and began driving out those who were buying and selling sacrifices and changing money.  He overturned tables and caused quite a stir with His righteous anger.  He taught them, “Is it not written: “‘My House will be called a house of prayer for all nations’? But you have made it a ‘den of robbers.'” (Mark 11:17)  Jesus quoted from Isaiah 56:7 and Jeremiah 7:11 where the prophets had re-emphasized the role of God’s house and rebuked the people for using it for their own selfish purposes.

Now we are the temple of God and God dwells in our midst!  Take a moment to think about your life.  Is your life marked by prayer, not only for yourself, but all nations?  Let your house be marked by prayer!  Remember, the same God lives in you today!

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