What's the health of your house of prayer? Is it clean, organized, consistent, and deep-abiding? Is it momentary, scattered, spur-of-the-moment, easily distracted; maybe non-existent?
There are two common houses of prayer referred to in the New Testament. One is the church or temple, commonly known as the house of prayer.
And as he (Jesus) taught them, he said, "Is it not written: "'My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations'? But you have made it 'a den of robbers.'" -Mark 11:17
Secondly, is the personal house of prayer; the heart, mind, and body which are the temple of God's Holy Spirit.
But he who unites himself with the Lord is one with him in spirit. Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body. 1 Corinthians 6:17,19-20
These two verses, in context, are written as rebukes against sin, pride, and selfishness. That brings me to my point.
Prayer is one of the most powerful tools and weapons that God gives us to use in our daily lives. It can be used to ward and fight off unusual, depressing, or oppressive thoughts, as well as combat sin, evil, and the Evil One (and so much more).
Yet few people reside in their house or temple of prayer. By this, I mean few people think or act to pray throughout the day or dare pray beyond the basic physical needs of themselves or loved ones. Their personal house of prayer goes lightly or completely unused; and thus is found in a deep state of disrepair.
When one's personal house of prayer is in neglect, is there any question why the corporate house of prayer (the church) is in shambles? Is there any reason why churches of hundreds, some thousands, of members have but a mere handful (at best, sometimes) of people praying for the entire church body?
If each Christian would devote some effort in to prioritizing lifestyles and daily schedules, plus seek the Lord to increase their desire to pray (a prayer He will certainly and eagerly answer!), we'd quickly see renewal and regeneration in our lives and in the lives of our churches.
But are we too busy? Will we get around to this another time or another day? Is this call to action too lengthy or too convicting? The choice belongs to each of us. The excuses are endless- and are exactly what the world and the Evil One wants us to do.
What is the health of your house of prayer? Is it time for some reconstruction to be enacted?