Published February 2, 2010

Shelia Shares....
"Real Prayer"

Matthew 21: 13 reads, "It is written. My house will be called a house of prayer, but you are making it a den of robbers."

Jesus was justifiably angry with the people who were in the temple, a place meant to be holy, selling merchandise. Instead of a place of worship, the temple had become a store.

However, are our churches a house of prayer?

Have our churches become a "store" of programs? Are we so busy selling our form of worship, that we don't have time for prayer? Are we so involved in having a bigger and better program, that we don't pray? Is the special music or the choreography with the orchestra music or the morning drama the important elements of morning worship? Are we so busy doing God's work that we can't pray?

If Jesus were to show up at your service, would anyone talk to him? In fact, he supposedly is in our services, but do we talk to him? Do we kneel down in heartfelt prayer? Is our conversation with Jesus more than a ritual at the right time in the service?

"My house will be called a house of prayer." The "robbers" who angered Jesus—are they us? What would happen if we really prayed?

- Shelia

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