This morning my eyes opened and I heard a phrase. The voice within my soul speaking.
The Holy Spirit's unction giving me a Word.
I love it when the LORD does this.
He said, "My house shall be called a house of prayer."
My feet hit the ground and downstairs I go. Coffee brewing, I grab my Bible. I am thinking the Lord is going to take me to the Gospels where Jesus turns tables, reprimands the money changers and gives His "den of thieves" address.
Nope, instead he took me to Isaiah 56:6 & 7:
And the foreigners who join themselves to the LORD to minster to him, to love the name of the LORD, and to be his servants, everyone who keeps the Sabbath and does not profane it, and holds fast my covenant- these I will bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer; their burnt offerings and their sacrifices will be accepted on my alter; for my house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples."
Do you feel like a foreigner sometimes? Has it been a long time since you've done anything "religious" or gone to church? Or maybe you go to church every time the door opens, but your heart is stagnant. Maybe you've hit a valley and your spiritual ear has gone deaf. Or perhaps you have done Christian event after Christian event, but rarely get before the Lord, just you and Him?
Do you know all of that can change this very second? In a flash, the Lord can turn us around. The Gospel can grip the heart in an instant. And change your life.
He can change your circumstance.
Join yourself to the Lord. This word join translates as "adhering oneself to Jehovah." Isn't that a beautiful thought? To be stuck on Jesus. I like.
"My holy mountain" (v.7) is the place of God's presence and his people's worship - a house of prayer for all peoples.
This morning, your heart can be that place - the place of God's presence. Your kitchen table, the car on your morning commute, an early morning jog, your living room floor... all of these are eligible places to be a "house of prayer" because God is with us.
As you read this blog post, He is with you. Say Hello. Honor His presence. Wow.
He wants to bring us to the mountain today. Everyone is eligible. Every Israelite. Every Foreigner. Every Bible teacher. Every alcoholic. Every Sunday school leader. Every thief. Every teenager. Every senior citizen. Every wandering soul....
Come to the holy mountain and be made joyful in the house of prayer.
Love the name of the LORD. Be His servant today. Hold fast to His covenant.
He absolutely adores you.
An Invitation to 31 Days of Prayer
Tomorrow will begin a 31-day-series of prayer. Under "A Quick Fix" at the top of this page is a list of prayers for our children. We will be going through each one for the next month.
If you don't have children, tune in and pray them over yourself. Or your spouse. Or your friends. I plan on wording them so they are reader friendly, not only parent friendly.
Some days I will only post the prayer. Other days I will post more. The Lord has wanted me to do this for a while and this morning He gave clearance.
"A house of prayer." Or in our case...a blog of prayer.
Will you commit to this? Intentionally praying for your children the next 31 days?
I urge you to share this post with a friend. Invite people on Facebook. Share this invitation on your blog. Forward this as an email.
Let us, as God's people, join forces in prayer for the next generation.
See you tomorrow. Can't wait!