“Jesus entered the temple courts and drove out all who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves. “It is written,” he said to them, “‘My house will be called a house of prayer,’but you are making it ‘a den of robbers.’” Matthew 21:12-13
My house shall be called a house of prayer. Jesus calls us to pray and seek Him with reverence and devotion. However, many today have turned religion into a means of extortion for their own gain. Intimacy with Him is our greatest gain – and life everlasting with our beloved Lord.
God is not easily provoked to anger. (See 1 Corinthians 13:5 “Love is not easily provoked.”) Anger was not a regular part of Jesus’ temperament. Considering this, we must realize how upsetting the misuse of God’s house must have been. God has given us everything in the world. He made it all. All He asks is that we give Him our hearts.
Prayer is a means through which we can seek Him with all our heart and give Him our hearts. Jesus says, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” (Matthew 22:38-40)
To pray is to yield our hearts to God and to seek Him, trust Him, revere Him and love Him. There is no more important posture than the posture of our hearts. We are called to be a praying people, to seek God above all rather than seeking what we can gain from Him. He is our greatest gain. May we walk in deeper love for Him and with Him today. He loves us dearly!