Saturday, July 14, 2018

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2018 July 14

“Even unto them will I give in mine house and within my walls a place and a name better than of sons and of daughters: I will give them an everlasting name, that shall not be cut off. Also the sons of the stranger, that join themselves to the LORD, to serve him, and to love the name of the LORD, to be his servants, every one that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it, and taketh hold of my covenant; Even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer: their burnt offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted upon mine altar; for mine house shall be called an house of prayer for all people” (Isaiah 56:5-7).

Today’s Morsel:  You know, throughout the world, we have erected these beautiful buildings and called them churches, the house of God.  I wanted to change the name of the church that I pastor and call it the ‘Feeding Trough and Watering Hole’, since scripture says that He is our God and we are the people of His pasture and sheep of His hand (Psalms 95:7), but my wife said no (a little humor to start our morning).  I know that we sing, preach, teach, and worship in these houses, but do we pray?  “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).  His house must be a house of prayer for all people.  If you want to see the anointing of God in your church services, get into the habit of holding church prayer.  Solomon’s ministers couldn’t even minister when he dedicated the temple with prayer.   Let's return to have our churches be a house of prayer.

Sing: I was glad when they said unto me, I was glad when they said unto me, I was glad when they said unto me, come let go unto the house of the Lord.

Thought For Today: Every service must begin and end with prayer.

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