A House of Prayer Renovation -Part 2

How many times is our deep heart prayer buried, hidden under the noise of superficial exchanges with others and with God?

We come week to week in God’s house, carrying burdens, and we leave here carrying the same burdens. Nothing changes. God says here that he wants so much more for us. The Lord says,

“My house will be called a house of prayer.”

We can read it for ourselves in Isaiah 56, verse 7. God is speaking again here.

“These I will bring to my holy mountain and give them joy in my house of prayer. Their burnt offerings and sacrifices will be accepted on my altar, for my house will be called a house of prayer for all nations.”

Who are the these God is talking about here in the text? If you look farther up, He’s talking about the eunuch and the foreigner. These people had nothing going for them. They were shunned by that culture. The eunuch complained, “I am a dry tree” in verse 3. That’s somebody who has nothing to offer, who is broken and without hope. The foreigner didn’t fit anywhere. The foreigner expects that he will be rejected by God also, but instead God has a great promise for them.

He says those who trust him, those who cry out to him, will not be rejected. In verse 7, God embraces them in his house of prayer. God accepts their offerings and their sacrifices. That means God accepts their prayers. When God talks about prayer here…

Our regular definition of prayer is to plead and to ask. Another definition in our language of prayer is this communication with God, this conversation with God. Well, the Bible in its language goes a bit further.

The Hebrew word for prayer in Isaiah, especially here, is tphillah  1 What it means is to look critically at one’s self. This kind of prayer requires us to be laid bare and to be broken. It’s a revelation of who we are truly to ourselves and to God in order to be transformed.

Out of that brokenness comes this heart prayer:  “I need you, God. I need you.”

What happens when the house of God becomes a house of prayer? The house of God then becomes a place where the deep heart prayer of people is finally heard and where we meet because God gathers all us to Himself.

A Prayer from Psalm 139:23-24-

 Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me and know my anxious thoughts; And see if there be any hurtful way in me, And lead me in the everlasting way.

(To be continued…Part 3)

If My People Pray…!

May 19, 2010

Nothing prepares a parent for the grief of loosing a child. Patricia learned about the death of her beloved John Jr this past Sunday, and the only place she could think of coming was to the House of Prayer on Wednesday night. People responded to her grief and testimony of finding some comfort in the reality that John was no longer in pain. Here is Pat, surrounded by the prayers of people for her, her husband and other children. Hope is possible in the midst of grief.

We don’t stop praying for “our” children. Myke brought forward his daughter, Shaina. She is a nurse and she will be leaving tomorrow for US AirForce training.

Shaina’s brother is a Marine. The House of Prayer Experience group met him when his father Myke and mother Jennifer presented him for prayer last year. Shaina also wants to make a difference and serve her God and country. Her parents are certainly proud of her, too and desire the best for their daughter. They came asking for a blessing on Shaina’s behalf.

Other parents and peers responded and prayed for Shaina’s safety and strength.

Our theme tonight was from 2 Chronicles 7:14-

If my people, who are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

What does this passage mean to you and for your life today?

We hope to see you next Wednesday.

Until then, praying for our joy…and hope for the journey
Pastor Sabine:)