There was a terrible mess in the temple. This was before Pentecost though. The religious gladiators abused the temple. When the purpose of a thing is not known, abuse is inevitable. Jesus was provoked by their nonchalant and ungodly attitude as they turned the temple of God to a market place.
The story hasn’t changed much today. Jesus found some of the courts of the temple turned into a market place. People sold cattle and the things used in sacrifices. This was really absurd! Others brought in their money changing business.
In a godly rage, he drove them out of the temple, upturned their tables and cleared the mess as he had done in his initial entry into ministry. He knew there was something better than the present usage. His works testified about his depth of knowledge; knowledge of the purpose, plan and will of God.
‘It is written, my house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves’
This is a serious indictment! The House of Prayer, The Den of Thieves. There is no correlation at all. What would Jesus find if he comes into your family or church today? How many things do you practice at home and church under the cloak of religion that is abysmal? Is there any significant difference from what he discovered in their temple when compared with what is going on in church today? Tell me, how would Jesus feel if he enters your physical church or home today? Would your life, family, house or church fit the description of a den of thieves or a house of prayer? You have the answer.
The house of prayer or the den of thieves? These are two depictions of the activities of man. You are either involved in one or the other. The vast majority of people are either fully involved in the latter or flirt around both. There is something better than the den of thieves. It is the house of prayer.
1. You are the house of prayer
2. Your home is the house of prayer
3. Your church is the house of prayer
YOU ARE THE HOUSE OF PRAYER
Jesus walked into the temple and was amazed at the decay of the sacred trust. It was abysmal. You are the temple of the Holy Spirit. You are the sanctuary of God. You are the dwelling place of God.
‘Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?’- 1 Cor. 3:16.
What is the state of your life as the temple of the Holy Spirit? Are there hidden works of darkness therein? Is there money changing business going on secretly with your body? Do you use your body for gratifications? Are your hands clean and is your heart pure? Is your body used as merchandise?
‘Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things’- Phil. 4:8.
Cleanliness they say is next to godliness. Are you clean? Do you observe clean habits? Are your thoughts clean? Are your words clean? Are your actions clean? Are you tidy? What’s your hygiene level?
You are the house of prayer. How much of praise, worship and thanksgiving do you release to God daily? How much of prayers come from you to God daily? Are you an intercessor? Are you really functioning as a house of prayer?