A House of PrayerBro. David Chancellor
5/17/2009 6:00 PM
Also the sons of the stranger, that join themselves to the Lord, to serve him, and to love the name of the Lord, to be his servants, every one that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it, and taketh hold of my covenant; Even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer: their burnt offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted upon mine altar; for mine house shall be called an house of prayer for all people.
"…for mine house shall be called an house of prayer for all people." In the gospel day, we’re not so focused on literal buildings, but God still has a spiritual house. We’re to be that house and it is to be a house of prayer. Everyone can be a house of prayer and we need to pray for all people. We should have joy in the Lord. We’ve been well blessed. We live beyond what the world knows. The needs and troubles of others should stir us to prayer. Jesus was moved with compassion. He wasn’t indifferent to people’s troubles. Sometimes the many needs can overwhelm us, but we still want to care. Prayer for needs is a way we can show God’s love for others. Even saints go through hard places and we want to hold them up in prayer. We should be moved to prayer beyond our own difficulties. We want to pray for others that they can be helped.
1 Peter 5:6-7
Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
God cares for everyone. All people have equal access to his love and care. When we come to God in prayer, we see his greatness and our littleness. God can change things that are beyond our ability to fix. Take your needs and others’ problems to God in prayer. He can handle them all. Trying to carry the world’s troubles alone makes for a sad life. When we take them to God, we can have joy and our lives can make a difference in the world. You can influence the course of the world by your prayers. Sometimes we take prayer too lightly. Prayer may be the greatest help you can give. We can take anything in prayer to God. We cross paths with a lot of people. When they tell you about a need, take it to God in prayer. Pray because you want to make a difference. That’s all that matters. Any need is worth talking to God about.
Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
"Careful" here means "don’t be anxious about things." Don’t worry; pray. Prayer will get more done. Worry doesn’t change anything. Tell God about all your worries. Prayer is how we tell God about the things that concern us. We can talk to God about things when we can’t tell anyone else. As we pray for others, it grows the love of God in us. We don’t want to be indifferent. We don’t want to be hardened to others’ problems.
2 Corinthians 1:11
Ye also helping together by prayer for us, that for the gift bestowed upon us by the means of many persons thanks may be given by many on our behalf.
"Ye also helping together by prayer for us…" We can help by prayer. When it’s all we can do, we can help by prayer. Take the concern to God in prayer. Ask God to work in the situation. It’s a way to do more with your life. It’s a way you can help. Prayer really does make a difference. We can do other things, but we need to keep prayers as one of our means of helping. We want to do where we can, but don’t forget about prayer. God can work where we can’t. We can influence the world by our time in prayer. Humanity has been wicked all through time, but God is able to work when people pray. We can pray that our community be better. The influence can expand out to touch others, too. Look to God to intervene for people.
1 Thessalonians 5:17
Pray without ceasing.
We can’t be on our knees all the time, but don’t give up on prayer. Keep on praying. There’s a lot to pray about. Be specific in prayer. Pray for specific needs. Take those needs to God in prayer, and pray until something changes. Keep asking. Keep going to God and looking for the answer. When you know the answer is coming, you’ll see it happen. Pray until you see that the situation is changed. God hears you the first time, but it may take some time for God to establish for people that he is God. Keep taking the situation to God in prayer. Don’t get discouraged. You may not know how much good your prayers have brought. Our natural response should be to turn to God with our concerns. God’s the one that is in control. There are so many things that only God can change. Talk to him. Be a house of prayer.