A house of prayer

Praying child

    I'll bring them to my holy mountain and give them joy in my house of prayer. They'll be welcome to worship the same as the 'insiders,' to bring burnt offerings and sacrifices to my altar.
    Oh yes, my house of worship will be known as a house of prayer for all people.

    Isaiah 56:7 (Msg)

It was an assignment for our ladies’ class. I did it. I took a paper house into the rooms of my physical house. Read scriptures. And prayed.

For my calling. My marriage and family. My friends and neighbors. My appetites. Myself.

Inviting Jesus in. To deeper places than he’d been invited before.

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How do you turn your house into a permanent house of prayer?

There are outside things.

Pray at set times 
        in thanksgiving over meals 
              before a nighttime’s sleep
                    prior to a trip away

Pray with certain people 
        your most treasured friend
              the children you’re leading and the parents you’re honoring
                    fellow travelers on your journey

Pray in particular places 
        at the foot of a child’s bed
              in the middle of God’s wondrous creation
                    in the waiting room of the weakened

Praying hands

There are inside things.

For your house to truly be a house of prayer, your prayers must spring from the inside out.

Pray any time. All the time.
Pray with any person. All persons.
Pray any place. All places.

Make the time.
Be the person.
Claim the place.

You ARE the house of prayer.

Pray without ceasing

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How do you make your house a house of prayer?

4 comments:

ET @ Titus2:3-5 said...

Your words have reminded me that I am to BE a house of prayer, not just try to create one around me. You have blessed my day!

Sarah Dawn said...

Inviting Jesus in. To deeper places than he’d been invited before. - my heart's cry, no place left untouched by the master painter. No weed left unpulled by the master gardener. No corner of my heart, who I am, hidden from my Lord.

Your words blessed me today, more than you could know.

Blessings to you from the mission field,
Sarah Dawn

Catherine said...

Beautiful, truth filled words...
Make the time.
Be the person.
Claim the place.
You ARE the house of prayer.

Thank you,
Catherine

Traci~ Ordinary Inspirations for the everyday wife, mommy, and homemaker said...

This was such a great post! I love the image of the little girl praying. How precious!

Let US be earnest seekers of His Face!

Love,
Traci

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