A House of Prayer

"My house shall be called a house of prayer for all the nations." - Isaiah 56:7
Jana Carlson

Jana Carlson

Jana Carlson

Jana Carlson

Monday of Holy Week marks the day Jesus turned over the tables in the temple. Today, we are His Church.

The world has changed in the last two years. We have unique opportunities to reflect the heart of God. Sometimes it requires thinking creatively.

How can we, the Church, demonstrate God’s love from inside our homes during a lockdown? How do we minister God’s love to others who are struggling with fear, financial strain, grief, or war?

There really are countless ways. But I think, too often, we underestimate the gift and blessing of prayer.

There’s no shortage of people and situations to pray about! We can pray for our neighbours, government leaders, healthcare workers, the unemployed, homeschooling parents, public school teachers, marriages, the sick and those with weakened immune systems, the elderly, single parents, our church leaders—the list goes on.

Prayer matters. Even when we feel inadequate or incapable of helping others in tangible ways, we can pray. To me, that someone would sacrifice their time to pray for me is one of the most selfless, thoughtful, and caring expressions of love I could receive.

Let’s be the Church today. Right now, take a moment and pray specifically for someone else.

Is your home a house of prayer? I like to turn on worship music when I start my day or if I have the house to myself. Even if I’m busy working, it sets a tone that directs my thoughts to prayer and worship.

We can pray when we’re doing laundry, driving and running errands, or cooking supper. No matter where we are or what we’re doing, we can be a “house of prayer” today.

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