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Jesus would have been a great Bible quizzer. He often repeated the words of Scripture. In fact, three of the gospel writers recorded Jesus referencing the same Old Testament passage, “Mine house shall be called an house of prayer for all people.” In the past, I’ve read and even spoken these words of Isaiah without realizing the significance of their original context. Prior to their declaration, the Lord disclosed His intention to do something that had previously been forbidden. He would allow eunuchs (“blemished” people) and strangers (non-Jews) the opportunity to worship among His people. With beautiful language the prophet…

“Jesus, please help praying to be easier for me because I really want to teach my kids to like praying when I grow up. Thank you, Lord Jesus. Amen!” My ten-year-old daughter and I had just finished our evening prayer time and she had closed with such a heartfelt honesty while talking to Jesus. As I left her room and began to lock the house up for the night, the words of Jesus resonated in my mind when He said, “My house shall be called the house of prayer” (Mark 11:17, NKJV). Later, Paul explained God “does not dwell…

“And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer…” (Matthew 21:13) In this passage of verse, Jesus became angry when He saw that the Temple had become a place to buy and sell, rather than a place to pray as was God’s original design. When we hear this phrase, we often think of it as referring to a building such as the Temple in the Old Testament or the Church building in which we gather to have service on certain days of the week.  However, the word “house” can be defined as “a…