IDOK DEVOTION FOR MONDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2010
A Hope of Becoming!
I don’t know that I am going to have a whole lot to say this morning – I didn’t write on Friday for today and neither Saturday or Sunday. As I begin, I’ve been up for better than an hour, some praying and some reading. ODB and Breaking Free Day by Day seem to dove-tail for me today. ODB is talking about going HOME and Beth in her book wrote that as parents it is our job to tend to our children so they can leave the ‘nest’. BUT GOD – this is what she wrote (see if it does for you as it did for me): He’s not rearing us to leave home, but to come home!
And since Saturday I have ‘House of Prayer’ on my mind. ‘Houses’ of prayer should be gathering at the ‘House of Prayer’. Am I really weird or do you get this?
Lots of good programs go on at our local churches and they should. I’m all for beautiful music and fine preaching – got that going on at Satsuma First. BUT churches should NOT be known for their youth programs, children’s ministries, not even their Celebration Choirs.
Luke 19: 46 saying to them, “It is written, ‘My house is a house of prayer, . . . “
Look with me in Isaiah 56:
6 “Also the sons of the foreigner
Who join themselves to the LORD, to serve Him,
And to love the name of the LORD, to be His servants—
Everyone who keeps from defiling the Sabbath,
And holds fast My covenant—
7 Even them I will bring to My holy mountain,
And make them joyful in My house of prayer.
Their burnt offerings and their sacrifices
Will be accepted on My altar;
For My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations.”
I am a ‘foreigner’ joined to the LORD. My burnt offerings and my sacrifices are acceptable on HIS altar. I can’t tell you what that does for me. I hope it’s doing a work in you too. I am praying that ‘our’ respective churches will BECOME a House of Prayer.
ABBA, I pray I don’t drop the ball here. I don’t want to fizzle out on this, I want to keep praying until I see You do this – raise up Houses of Prayer. Churches where You are Present in Power and Glory. I’m not wanting to be critical here; I want to be encouraging and I am grateful for real worship when it happens in any congregation; yet I don’t see a whole lot of praying going on. Even in ‘prayer meetings’ at the sweetest congregations there’s more talking to each other than there is prayer. I want to see real, I want to be a part of real Prayer. I want Your churches to be real Houses of Prayer. And, ABBA, if You can use me, if you can use IDOK, to labor toward this, please do it. And, LORD, we have so many here; every one of them important, every one of them desiring to be better, to be well, something to improve, something to change, more needs than we know to voice – hear our hearts, hear their hearts and respond to each one and we pray each one will respond to You as You desire, LORD. You are the lifter of our heads. Our trust is in You and all that is wrong You will make right, until then we pray to serve You and be a blessing to You and others. Thank You that You are with us; thank You that even when we don’t physically feel well still You are our Strong Tower and we are safe. Thank You that even when we are troubled You are still our Blessing, our Great Reward and our Peace; in all these things we are well because You are our Rock and our Salvation; in You we are not afraid; in You we are not down, we have victory. Thank You, LORD. Amen and amen.