HOUSE OF PRAYER OR DEN OF THIEVES
“Then He went into the temple and began to drive out those who bought and sold in it, saying to them, “It is written, ‘My house is a house of prayer,’ but you have made it a ‘den of thieves.” (Luke 19:45&46, NKJV)
This scripture gives us the account of Jesus turning over the tables in the temple because of the abuse and unfair selling practices of those who sold their wares in the temple. Jesus quotes the Old Testament prophecy that the house of God would be a house of prayer, not a den of thieves.
Now we know that Jesus and the prophecy were referring to the temple, the place of worship. Yet, we can deduce that every house lived in by the children of God should also be a “house of prayer.” The question is, “is your house a house of prayer or a den of thieves?”
1. Is the place where you reside a place where there is regular communing with God?
2. Is your house a house where God is sought, welcomed, honored and glorified?
3. Are you robing God of the time He wants to spend with you in prayer and conversation?
4. Are you cheating God and yourself by not allotting time to spend with Him?
To not spend time with God, acknowledging and thanking Him for all the many blessings in your life, is to robe Him of the Glory due Him. So, the question remains, is your house a “HOUSE OF PRAYER, OR A DEN OF THIEVES?”