2 Chronicles 7:14
Upon entering the temple, Jesus was appalled. Appalled enough to disrupt everything that was going on. The scene must have been chaotic and unexpected. The merchants and bystanders must have been up in arms but Jesus didn’t care. His Father’s house had been marred by greed and injustice and he had come to set things right.
“My temple will be a place of prayer, but you have turned it into a den of thieves,” Jesus declared.
Instead of finding the people of God seeking him in prayer, he found swindlers and thieves, people who were far more concerned about their own gain than the will of God. It was common enough then and it still is now. We forget that the heart of Jesus was to turn our attention toward God. We forget that we should be marked by prayer instead of our own pursuits.
The good news is that there is a remedy. Jesus marched into the temple and rid it of the mess of greed and selfishness, he can do the same for our own hearts. If we seek him and turn from our ways, if we choose to humble ourselves and commit to seeking him, he will heal our land.
Set aside time today to pray. Not just a quick prayer but a solid amount of time without any distractions. Remember what Jesus said. “For everyone who asks receives. Everyone who seeks finds. And the door is opened to everyone who knocks.”
Use 2 Chronicles and Luke 11 as a guide for your prayers today. Pray that Jesus would be honored in your life and in the lives of those around you. That God’s kingdom would come and that his will be done. Pray that people would come to Salvation this Easter season! Pray for your needs, for forgiveness, and for strength not to yield to temptation. Pray that God would heal our land, that our city would turn away from selfishness and worthless pursuits towards Jesus.