On Monday of Holy Week, Jesus cleared the Temple of merchants and money changers.
Jesus entered the Temple and began to drive out all the people buying and selling animals for sacrifice. He knocked over the tables of the money changers and the chairs of those selling doves. He said to them, “The Scriptures declare, ‘My Temple will be called a house of prayer,’ but you have turned it into a den of thieves!”Matthew 21:12–13
The Life Application Bible notes say…
Their (merchants and money changers) commercialism in God’s house frustrated people’s attempts at worship … Any practice that interferes with worshiping God should be stopped.
So today, we’re praying…
Lord, the Church Needs Your Help to Trust and Obey
Lord, when Peter professed…
“You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”Matthew 16:16
You said that he was blessed because Your Father had revealed this truth to him and…
…upon this rock I will build my churchMatthew 16:18
You are the foundation of the church, Jesus, and we Your people make up that church.
You prayed for us…
I am in them and You are in me. May they experience such perfect unity that the world will know that You sent me and that You love them as much as You love me.John 17:23
Oh, how we have failed at unity.
Please forgive us!
The Church needs Your Help. We need Your help. We need You.
The Apostle Paul wrote to Timothy…
For a time is coming when people will no longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear.2 Timothy 4:3
Please help us, Lord.
It’s so easy to allow culture and denominational differences to distract us and tear us apart. If we’re not diligent and discerning, we can be guilty of allowing the influences of this world to distort Your Word.
We need Your forgiveness.
We need to SEEK Your Kingdom. We need to KNOW Your Truth. We need to OBEY Your Will as Your Word reveals it to us.
By Your grace, help us to…
Seek You first. Luke 12:31
Remain faithful to Your teachings. John 8:31
Know the truth that gives freedom. John 8:32
Know and do Your will. Mark 3:35
And reach the world with Your love. John 15:9–12
Lord, fill us with Your Spirit and make us strong.
We the people of Your church are…
not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.Ephesians 6:12
Strengthen us. Fill us. Lead us. Hold us. Hear our prayers.
More than anything, Lord…
Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples if you love one another.John 13:34–35
Lord, I ask that Your church will be so full of love, hope, joy, peace, goodness, faithfulness … so full of spiritual fruit that those who see us will want what we have.
May Your church today look like the church Paul counseled…
Let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful.
Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom He gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts. And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.Colossians 3:16
Help us, Lord, by the power of Your Spirit, the Church needs You. Amen.
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