I wonder, if you find it, interesting people give names to their houses. Perhaps, you live in a house with a name. Sometimes, houses become known by the names for the family living there. When I was growing up our garage was affectionately known as “the Barn,” among my peers. In purchasing my first home, my wife and I named it Beth-El. We were very grateful to Jesus for providing it to us. In giving a house a name, it gives the house a personality. This personality can give persona to the house. In your community, are there houses with a persona of being evil or good? What name are they called by?
I think I have an interesting tidbit to pass on to you. God has given a name to His house. His house is the church. The church is not made of brick and stone, but built with people, living stones. The Apostle Peter teaches this truth.
“Coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God and precious, you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.” 1 Peter 2:4-5 NKJV
Isaiah described what Peter teaches this way in Isaiah 56:7, NKJV. “For My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations.”
The Lord Jesus confirms Isaiah’s statement. He does this when He dresses down the rulers, of the Temple, for making it a super merchandising center of criminal activity.
“And He said to them, ‘It is written, My house shall be called a house of prayer, but you have made it a den of thieves.’” Matthew 21:13 NKJV
The preferred name God gives to His living Temple is, “The House of Prayer.” This is a place where the living stones are offering priestly sacrifices of prayers through the Spirit for all nations. The People of God, who are the church, should have a persona. This persona should radiate the name God has bestowed upon His house. When people in the community look at your building, they should naturally say, “This is a house of prayer!”
A good question, the living stones should ask is, “What does the community say about my church? Does the community know we are a house of prayer? I think the answers would shock many of us. My uneasiness, with the name, “House of Prayer,” is simply, I do not see it in my community. Once a week, five brothers and sisters, the living stones, meet for intercessory prayer. We have extended invitations to all denominations to join us. Well, a year pass, and it is still only five stones praying together. How is this problem by you? What is it like in other areas of North America, across Europe and Asia, Africa, Central and South America, the Middle East, Australia, India, Japan, China, and the Philippines? Is the catholic (universal) church, in your area a House of Prayer?
I hear many of the living stones complaining about the need for worldwide revival from God. They complain about the great darkness we are in. Nevertheless, they superficially pray about it or really do not pray at all. Another problem with the living stones is the lack of scriptural thinking. Many living stones cannot discern between good and evil. In fact, many of these stoned stones, unwittingly support darkness, because they have never taken their thoughts of darkness to the house of prayer.
A natural question to ask is simply, “Why aren’t people of faith praying?” I will answer from my own experience. I call this problem, “THE FAST FOOD SYNDROME!” The disillusionment with prayer, is the lack of ability to go through the drive-through, place your order, drive up to the window, and receive your order. I am guilty, of losing faith, because of no instant answer. Therefore, for many years, I became a faithless superficial prayer. Well, why shouldn’t my prayers be answered in the snap of the finger? Concerning this, really, who do I think I am. Am I greater than Abraham, who waited years for the fulfillment of promise and prayer? The lesson of the dryness I went through is, God answers prayer, in His time and in His way. Gradually, He is delivering me from the ego-centric life of prayer to the Christ-centric life of prayer. To tell you the truth, prayer is a lot of work. Remember, Peter calls prayer, “Spiritual Sacrifices!”
Spiritual sacrifices involve much labor. This labor is akin to a woman giving birth to a child. There, first must be the planting of the seed, next the daily growth of the request, finally a travailing in labor in front of the throne of God, until He gives birth to your request.
The labor of prayer requires:
- Hope upon hope,
- Faith in God, to keep His promises,
- The ability to withstand the great onslaught of doubt; God didn’t answer; God doesn’t care,
- The endurance to see the request through to the answer, even if it takes years to happen (Are you greater than, Abraham?),
- Courage to give the prayer into the hands of God.
This is great labor and few of us, are they who, take up the call to be a House of Prayer. However, you and I must. God has called you to this. God works, only when the living stones become the House of Prayer. If you want revival, then you need to enter the House of Prayer with prevailing revival petitions. The church should know the culture does not want revival of Christ. Revival is the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, in our community and world, with the witness of Christ. Revival is the fulfilling of the Ministry of the Holy Spirit to glorify the Son, Jesus Christ, on the earth. Once again, the world does not want this. Revival is something Christians must desire! The outpouring of the Spirit of God must be a deep need from within which will not be quenched until God allows it to happen. This is the House of Prayer God is seeking for today. However, where you are, is the only sound of prayer you hear, the crickets chirping?
Well, living stone, the House of Prayer begins with your brick coming alive. Perhaps, you may be saying, I have done this with no success, or I do not know how to pray? Well, if you have a Bible, you have the Book of the House of Prayer in your hands. Open the book and begin to pray the Word of God for yourself, your family, community, country and world.
Furthermore, Jesus taught His disciples to pray in a specific manner. His prayer teaching is built upon the authority of God and His absolute rule and power to affect change on earth.
Effective prayer starts with:
- Acknowledgement and praise of God the Father.
- Petition for God’s rule and reign to be re-established on earth as it is in His heavenly realm.
- Petition for God’s provision to be capable to live and work for the re-establishment of His kingdom reign.
- Petition for God’s forgiveness of trespasses, to allow us to be in His kingdom, along with our forgiving other’s trespasses against us.
- Petition for God’s guidance to keep us from the temptations of sin, which is not allowed in His kingdom rule.
- Petition for God’s protection from the onslaught of the devil and evil in any form.
- Acknowledge God’s power to answer our prayers.
Jesus said, Matthew 6:9-14,
“In this manner, therefore, pray.”
- Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
Acknowledge and Praise God. Worship your King! Tell God how you feel about Him!
- Your kingdom come,
Your will be done.
Pray God’s will for all people to be saved through Christ be done. Pray for the rule and will of God to be established in your nation. For example, in America, pray for, the President and Vice-President, the executive branch, the representative branch, the judicial branch of national government, all federal and state judges, the fifty state governors and legislatures, all counties, city and town governmental officials, particularly your home area. Pray for God’s rule and kingdom to come in every priest, pastor, minister, elder, deacon, bishop, pope and denomination, especially yours.
- Give us this day our daily bread
Pray God’s provision and resources for our governments, churches, charities, yourself and family to advance His kingdom rule and personal needs in life.
- And forgive us our debts,
As we forgive our debtors.
Seek God’s forgiveness for our national and personal sins, which separate us from God. Moreover, be forgiving to all.
- And do not lead us into temptation.
Petition God’s Guidance to lead our governmental officials, justices and judges, the clergy of our churches, yourself and family from the temptation to sin and making ungodly decisions.
- But deliver us from the evil one.
Petition God for national, church, family and friends to keep us from all evil and the devil.
- For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen!
Give God the Glory, acknowledging, only He can do all we ASK!
- Finally believe and receive! Therefore, I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them. Mark 11:24 NKJV
Guy Calandra, Author, The Inside Word