A House Of Prayer
“As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him— you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house.” 1 Peter 2:4-5 NIV
““Why were you searching for me?” he asked. “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?”” Luke 2:49 NIV
“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 21:13 NIV
Prayer is the difference between the best I can do and the best God can do.
“Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise. Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up.” James 5:13-15a NIV
“You are the God who performs miracles; you display your power among the peoples.” Psalms 77:14 NIV
Prayer puts my unknown future in the hands of an all-knowing God.
“So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek ﬁrst his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:31-34 NIV
Prayer puts my hopeless situation in the hands of an all-powerful God.
“Even when there was no reason for hope, Abraham kept hoping—believing that he would become the father of many nations. For God had said to him, “That’s how many descendants you will have!” And Abraham’s faith did not weaken, even though, at about 100 years of age, he ﬁgured his body was as good as dead—and so was Sarah’s womb. Abraham never wavered in believing God’s promise. In fact, his faith grew stronger, and in this he brought glory to God. He was fully convinced that God is able to do whatever he promises.” Romans 4:18-21 NLT
Prayer puts my broken life in the hands of an all-forgiving God.
“If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” James 5:15-16 NIV
“In Christ. God put the wrong on him who never did anything wrong, so we could be put right with God.” 2 Corinthians 5:21 MSG
1. Pray ﬁrst.
““Whenever you enter a house, ﬁrst say, ‘May God’s peace be on this house.’” Luke 10:5 NIV/NLT
2. Pray focused.
Pray for the lost.
“Only ask, and I will give you the nations as your inheritance, the whole earth as your possession.” Psalms 2:8 NLT
Pray for leaders.
“Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest ﬁeld.”” Matthew 9:37-38 NIV
Pray for lasting change.
““When an impure spirit comes out of a person, it goes through arid places seeking rest and does not ﬁnd it. Then it says, ‘I will return to the house I left.’ When it arrives, it ﬁnds the house unoccupied, swept clean and put in order. Then it goes and takes with it seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there. And the ﬁnal condition of that person is worse than the ﬁrst. That is how it will be with this wicked generation.”” Matthew 12:43-45 NIV
3. Pray fervently.
“The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.” James 5:16 NKJV
“Then his disciples remembered this prophecy from the Scriptures: “Passion for God’s house will consume me.”” John 2:17 NLT