“And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves.”
There used to be a day when the church doors were always open for people to come and pray anytime a person needed time to pray. Sadly, with unsafe neighborhoods and evil people seeking to hurt women and steal from churches, churches have had to keep their doors locked to keep the employees safe. Most churches can no longer be considered a place to go and pray because there is no way for people to get inside to have a time of prayer.
When Jesus entered the temple, He found that the temple had become more of a marketplace where people sold and bought goods instead of a place where people could come to pray. He was so angered by this that He cast out all those who sold in the temple, and overthrew the tables where the goods were sold. He then said to those who watched Him, “My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves.”
There are two keywords in this verse that apply to your life. The first keyword is “temple.” The second keyword is “den.” A den is a place where thieves hideout so they won’t get caught by the law. If you are saved, your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost. You must always remember that you are to be a person of prayer; however, many have allowed their body to become a den that keeps them from being a person of prayer.
Let me ask you, what is hiding out in your heart that keeps you from praying? Has your heart become a den for sin? Sin has kept many people from praying. When you harbor sin in your heart, you will find it difficult to be a person of prayer. You cannot harbor sin in your heart and expect to have a consistent prayer life at the same time. Prayer will keep you from sin, and sin will keep you from prayer. Having a heart that is a den for sin will only hurt your ability to be able to get things from God through prayer.
Let me ask you, has your heart become a den for selfishness? Selfishness has kept many people from praying. It is hard to have a consistent prayer life when your life is filled with selfish desires. I have found that the more I crucify my flesh, the less I pray for myself and the more I pray for others. Your life will become a house of prayer for others when you remove selfishness out of the way.
Let me ask you, has your heart become a den of misplaced priorities? You may think that you don’t have time to pray, and if this is how you think, you have gotten you priorities mixed up. You must never allow yourself to think that you are too busy to pray. Again, when you don’t spend time in prayer, you open your heart up to become a den of sin. You cannot stay away from the prayer closet and expect sin to stay away from your heart. The prayer closet is what helps to clean up the sin in your life; therefore, you must never let anything replace your time of prayer if you want to live a victorious Christian life.
My friend, your life should be a house of prayer. Always remember that it takes character to make your life a house of prayer. Your heart will either be a den of sin that robs you of your prayer time, or it will be a house of prayer. If you don’t want your heart to become a den that harbors sinful actions, you would be wise to make your life a house of prayer.