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Lenten Devo Day 41

Monday, April 11, 2022

A House of Prayer

Nancy Hallfin

Mark 11:15-17

What is a house of prayer? It is where God is. Scriptures tell us that where two or three are gathered to pray or worship that He is there. It is also can be a house where corruption, anger, and fear have no place. When our hearts are turned to God only love and caring can remain.

In the time of Jesus, burnt offerings were being offered to God as dictated by the Jewish laws. The temple used a particular currency that had to be exchanged, and only their animals could be used for offerings. This led to noise and corruption in the outer courts. No longer could people use them for prayer or meditation. Can you imagine trying to clear your mind of worldly thoughts in preparation for worship and praise as you struggled to pass through the outer courts? The world had invaded God’s Holy Place.

Thankfully, today churches are not crowded with merchants and money changers, but it can be just as difficult to remove the outside world. We carry it with us everywhere we go. I seldom spend a day without my cell phone, not knowing where it is. The one nonhuman worldly possession that can send you into a total panic if lost.

How do you prepare yourself for worship? Is the phone turned off? Do you spend time sitting in the pew quieting your mind and preparing for worship?

Jesus was trying to remove the world from God’s house to return it to a place of preparation for meditation and worship. For it is God’s house and He is to be honored and praised with our minds, bodies, and souls.

Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for giving us houses of worship. Thank you for reminding us through Jesus’ actions that we must leave the world behind when we devote ourselves to worship and praise whether it is a church, home, or where two or more are gathered in your name. Please guide us in our time spent with you. In Jesus’ name, Amen.


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