45 耶穌進了殿，趕出裏頭做買賣的人， 46 對他們說：「經上說：我的殿必作禱告的殿，你們倒使它成為賊窩了。」 47 耶穌天天在殿裏教訓人。祭司長和文士與百姓的尊長都想要殺他， 48 但尋不出法子來，因為百姓都側耳聽他。
45Then he entered the temple area and began driving out those who were selling. 46“It is written,” he said to them, ” ‘My house will be a house of prayer’; but you have made it ‘a den of robbers.'” 47Every day he was teaching at the temple. But the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the leaders among the people were trying to kill him. 48Yet they could not find any way to do it, because all the people hung on his words.
- Our churches are centers for many good things, but is prayer an overriding concern or simply a nice extra? Is it the heart and soul of the body of believers who meet here? It is the people who are the temple of God in the New Testament; it is us who are the house of prayer. But how much of a house of prayer are we? Are we full of buying and selling? Are we a place where spiritual greed, theft, and religious sleight of hand are firmly lodged? Jesus thought it very important. Perhaps he felt without that communion with God the Father nothing else would ever make any difference, the lost would never be found, those enslaved would never be freed.
- Do I share that same passion for prayer in my body, the temple of God? Do I believe it is so critical, so essential that everything else is at risk without it?
- Do I pray faithfully according to the PGC prayer calendar? If not, then starting from this week, always remember to bring the Sunday Worship Bulletin home. Use the Weekly Prayer Guide to pray for our church, the different ministries, people’s needs, missionaries, and other matters. May I become a true “house of prayer”.
V38 is a hymn of praise to God originally found in Psalm 118:26. Let each family member choose a favorite hymn of praise and explain why it is his or her favorite hymn. Sing one verse of each hymn. Close your family worship with sentence prayers that thank God for who he is.