|Prophetess hilda arredondo|
A TEMPLE OF PRAYER
“Now Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of prayer, being the ninth hour.” Acts 3:1 As we read this verse of Scripture we see that Peter and John were special men of God that were about the Father’s business…PRAYER! First of all these two men were walking together in love and the unity of the faith. They were prayer partners. In Matthew 18:19, it says, “Again I say to you, that if two of you will agree in the earth about any matter which they will request, it will be done for them from the presence of my Father who is in Heaven.” They also knew the power of prayer.
Secondly, they went into the temple. The temple represents the place where God lives, His house. Now Peter and John came APART from the hustle, bustle of the day to get into the presence of God. We read in James 4:8, “Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh.” We are instructed here to draw nigh towards Him. We have the responsibility to initiate the move of drawing close to Jesus…He is waiting!
DRAW NIGH TO HIM
This requires a willingness to want to set ourselves apart especially for Him. As we obey in seeking Him, then He will draw NIGH to us. When Peter and John went into the temple, this is exactly what they were doing…DRAWING NIGH TO HIM! They were saying to our precious Savior that they wanted to spend time with Him because they loved Him; therefore, they pulled apart temporarily from those things that demanded their attention and focused their hearts towards Him in prayer. So many times we have a desire for Jesus to manifest His Presence to us, but, we want Him to come to us in the middle of our busy schedules, which make no room for Him. Throughout God’s Holy Word the example set for us in Scripture speaks to us that we must set aside special time for Him in prayer. Peter and John went up to the temple…their PRAYER CLOSET. Where is your prayer closet? If you have one, do you visit it often? As we become obedient to Him in prayer then we will achieve new heights in the spiritual realm. We will also be equipped to overcome the powers of darkness and have greater victories in our lives.
The hour of prayer here in this same verse of Scripture was the ninth hour, which would be three o’clock in the afternoon. David said in Psalm 55:17, “Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice.” David prayed three times a day and Peter and John made time to pray at three in the afternoon. What were we doing at 3:00 p.m. today, or even yesterday? Were we about the Father’s business…PRAYER. Perhaps not, possibly we were busy shopping at our favorite mall, sharing good conversation with our best friend, or even yet watching our favorite TV show. We know that there is nothing wrong with the above pleasures, but when they take priority over our prayer life, and then they became a hindrance to prayer. Please understand here that three o’clock was their time of prayer, this does not necessarily mean that we must pray at 3:00 o’clock sharp, but what it says to us today is, and do we have an hour of “drawing nigh”, a special time throughout the day that we give ourselves to prayer?
THE HOLY SPIRIT CALLS
The Holy Spirit is calling us, the Church of Jesus Christ, into our prayer closet. Yes, He is wooing us into our prayer chambers to be alone with Him. The greatest call in this hour is PRAYER. WHY? Prayer draws us nigh to Him, and as we draw close, the light of the Holy Spirit will shine deep into our hearts exposing and cleansing the hidden attitudes of the heart that should not be there. Real devoted prayer will begin to mold us into His image taking on His character. The Almighty God is calling us to walk in a true holiness which is God-likeness. This means to live SOBERLY in respect to ourselves; righteously in respect our neighbor; and godly in respect to God. A HOLINESS that works from the inside out changing our personality to be like Him. Inside the prayer closet with Him, He will privately pull back the blankets so to speak, and show us the real garments we are wearing, sometimes spotted with sin, iniquity, uncleanliness and transgressions. Sanctification is the first thing that is accomplished in prayer, as we become truly righteous intercessors. Our wants and needs become as nothing or of little importance as he circumcises our hearts as prayer warriors for the needs of others.
Secondly, prayer will move us into a place with power with Him. As we read further in the same chapter, “And a certain man lame from his mother's womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms of them that entered into the temple; Who seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple asked an alms. And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John, said, Look on us. And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something of them. Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk. And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength.” Acts 3:2-7. What happened here? This man was known as the town’s cripple. He couldn’t work or do much for himself. He was totally disabled and others would have to help lay him down daily at the gate “Beautiful” so that he could beg for his daily living.
Yet, because Peter and John were about the Father’s business-PRAYER, and had been in the presence of God, thus making them carriers of the GLORY, HOLINESS, AND POWER OF GOD, they were used as instruments by the Hand of the Almighty God to perform the impossible. This was much more than just answered prayer; this was something different-a divine miracle. Yes, this man who could not walk, but carried about like a helpless baby with no hope of ever walking, and resigned himself to be a cripple, now had strength in his ankle bones and feet. He was IMMEDIATELY healed! Yes, one command with POWER from these praying men brought him up out of his crippled hopelessness to a “WALKING MIRACLE”. Peter and John did the impossible! “And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength. And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God. And all the people saw him walking and praising God.” Acts 3:7-9. Church, as we give ourselves truly to prayer, and make “Our Seeking” Him, our priority, and further let the Holy Spirit search our hearts, and put away those things that are displeasing to our Father, then, out of our closet will arise this “GIANT OF CHURCH”, a last day move with power to perform miracles. Real miracles are needed today in a world filled with so much sin and darkness to turn the heads of the “Lost” to Jesus Christ. Miracles are for the convincing of the unbelievers.
THE MONEY CHANGERS
And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves, 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.” Matthew 21:12-13. Our Lord Jesus cleaned out the temple of the money changers and those that sold doves. In other words, Jesus was disgusted that there were so many things happening in the house of God EXCEPT its first and initial call…PRAYER. The money changer’s main interest was money and its profits. Have some of us become like them? Does all our existence revolve on how to make money? When we go to the HOUSE OF GOD, has that place too become like the money changers, that all we can talk about is building programs and how to raise money? Instead of looking at people, we look at big numbers for profits in the church? We have become weary from long hours of work to make money instead of being weary from praying and serving God. If we are convicted in reading this article, then repent, make time for personal prayer and let us go into the house of God and make it a House of Prayer. For years this is what we have been witnessing in the Church. There has been a great shaking and Jesus has exposed ministries and individuals. Why? Some had become like the money changers and Jesus is CLEANSING His house to make it a TEMPLE of TRUE PRAYER.
“And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God.” Acts 3:8. This man, once lame did not have to be coaxed by God’s men to come to church because they had special programs and entertainment, but rather because he had received a touch from God. This man was leaping and praising God! Saints of God when we are empowered with POWER from on high, we will not need neon signs flashing the word REVIVAL, or so many programs in the church just to keep the people interested and occupied. When the REAL POWER falls the world will automatically follow the people of God into the Church, because the REAL PRESENCE of GOD is there! His presence will draw them, and man will be only an instrument for His Glory, Power, and Holiness as REVIVAL is poured out upon the land. Come Church let us follow Jesus into the prayer closet. To God Be the Glory!
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