Yesterday as our pastor was reading the bible text for that day I heard, as if in bold the words ‘temple’ and then ‘house of prayer’. The two instantly clicked for me. It was something God wanted me to hear I know that for sure, another thing I know for sure is that He wanted me to share it as well.
15 And they came to Jerusalem. And he entered the temple and began to drive out those who sold and those who bought in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money-changers and the seats of those who sold pigeons. 16 And he would not allow anyone to carry anything through the temple.17 And he was teaching them and saying to them, “Is it not written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer for all the nations’? But you have made it a den of robbers.”
This drawing is from those words, it is what came to mind immediately when he read that scripture. That my body, mind and soul are His temple at that they too are to be a place known by Him as ‘a house of prayer for all the nations’. May my mind be a place where constant prayer and praise reside. A temple that brings Him glory.
Seconds later as he continued to read through the text, this second image was burned in my heart as well from this section.
22 And Jesus answered them, “Have faith in God. 23 Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him. 24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received[b] it, and it will be yours. 25 And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.”
I love that it is our life scripture right now, and the name of this blog and our ministry as we head to Ethiopia. It was such a confirmation to us. We sat down after church and spoke to the mountains in our lives, those issues that are daunting at best. Praying that this encourages and blesses you as well. God is bigger, always bigger. No matter the size of the mountains before us, to walk forward in forgiveness and not bitterness is our only option. For in forgiveness there is freedom!!!
Lord, I pray that you would make me a house of prayer with the authority to pray from here all over the nations. I ask of you that when my journey with you encounters mountains that I would believe and not doubt that I can speak to that mountain and you would uproot it and move it into the sea. For you are bigger, greater, and always with me.