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And He said, "It is written, 'My house shall be a house of prayer, 'but you have made it a den of thieves. " Matthew 21:13


The Temple of God  is meant to be a house of prayer not a place for buying and selling! They should be an awe that surrounds us the moment we walk into a church; the presence of the living God! When the house of God is a house of prayer that it is supposed to be, the manifest presence of God will not be lacking at all!


But when the temple is made to become a den of thieves, dread not awe becomes the inevitable! They are people who dread going to church now for fear of the "Preacher " getting every penny from their pockets. 

Matthew 21, the Lord Jesus stepped into the Temple and sanitized it, got rid of all the thieves and all that defile. That happened in verse 12 and immediately in verse 14 the Bible says," Then the blind and the lame came to Him in the temple, and He healed them. "

Alleliua! Only the Lord knows how many blind and lame came to this temple and went back the same. They could have wondered why the living God had left them blind and lame. They might have blamed themselves for not having enough faith to secure their healing. They never knew that the thieves in the temple were the problem rather until the Lord Jesus showed up and got rid of them. The Lord  showed up and changed the church's agenda and priority from a house of "tithes and offerings"  to the HOUSE OF PRAYER. 

And when the priority changed, the heavens were opened, healing took place. It was no more okay to come to the church blind and go home blind,  it was no more okay to come to the church lame and go back lame , when the temple became a house of prayer. 

When the house of God becomes a house of prayer, the Healer is ever present to heal. When the temple becomes den of thieves, sorry, Jesus can't be there. 

Never expect your blind eyes to see in a church that is a den of thieves. Never expect to walk or make progress in your faith, relationship with God in a church that is a den of thieves. 

If you are a leader in the church, make sure, the temple is really a house of prayer not a den of thieves beginning with you. If it is a den of thieves, repentance is needed, drive out those who buy and sell , overturn the tables and the seats of the thieves in the temple and start over with the LORD JESUS:THE HEALER!

If you are a member of a church that is a den of thieves, get out quick and seek for the temple that is a house of prayer. You will be robbed of everything including eternal life. 

Mike Odeh Aug 9 · Tags: house, prayer
"If you ask anything in My name, I will do it. " John 14:14 

There are scriptures upon scriptures that emphasize the relevance of prayer. Scriptures upon scriptures that assure us what God can do when we pray! 

Why do we not pray then?  Or do we pray and pray amiss?  If we are really praying, our lives, families, churches and society at large will reflect that!  The presence of God will be evident in our lives, souls will be genuinely saved in our churches, marriages and children grounded in the love of Christ! 


"If you ask anything in My name, I will do it. " This is the Lord Jesus speaking!  He is God, unlimited!  VERY CAPABLE! 

The major thing that stands out in this promise made by the Lord of lords is ANYTHING IN MY NAME! The Lord will not answer any prayer that is not in His name! Asking in His name means praying according to His word!  Asking in His name means praying according to His will, and His word is His will! 


Believers are "praying". But are these prayers in His name?  Are these prayers according to His word and will? Are these prayers not in our own name or the Pastor's name? Are these prayers not rooted in our own desires, emotions and selfish ambitious rather than according to His word? We pray in the name of our emotions!  So instead of asking the Lord to save the Soul of our perceived "enemies " we ask the Lord to kill them. We pray in the name of our selfish ambitions!  So we fast and pray not for abundance of Christ in us, not abundance of His power so we can be effective ministers of the gospel!  We ask for abundance of money and material things so we can show off!  Three days fasting and prayer just so you can have a "breakthrough " in your finances not your spiritual life! No fasting and praying for lost Souls! 


When you go to some churches, you can see Believers really "praying " from their head to toe!  Maybe, that is all there is to our prayer life! Public prayer, making a show, no personal private one on one time with Christ! 


"Public prayers" have its time and place! But I'll rather call it corporate prayers not public prayers!  Corporate prayer is the type that took place in the upper room!  Believers hand in hand praying for the outpouring of the power of God through the Holy Spirit!  Praying according to the Word of God!  Insisting on the kingdom to come!  This is corporate prayer! And this prayer is very effective!  Believers praying in one accord for God to pour Himself out through His Spirit! Praying for lost Souls!  Praying for revival!  This is the lost art of the Church: Corporate prayers! The upper room kind of prayers! 


I write this to challenge our hearts to action!  I am personally seeking for genuine believers who have the willingness to pray for others salvation, healing and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in our generation! The Internet has made things easy for us to pray corporately without being in the same room! 

If you are interested in this let me know!  


Mike Odeh Mar 21 · Tags: prayer