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Posted by: Pastor Terry Hagedorn | June 5, 2019

THE HOUSE OF PRAYER

Mark 11:1-19. (Please read.)

And He taught, saying unto them, Is it not written, My house shall be called of all nations the house of prayer? but ye have made it a den of thieves (11:17).

A House Of Prayer

As I look at religion in our world, it is an astonishing thing. In its manifestations it is in so many instances beautiful, expressive, and inspirational, but it leaves the life desolate, and empty, and powerless. The whole world is filled with religion.

One time I was the guest of a wealthy family in Mexico City. They belonged to the state church, but they found it so empty that they were seeking some other avenue to serve God. They attended church only for funerals and weddings.

On another occasion I stood in front of Notre Dame in Paris, trying to think through the long history of that marvelous cathedral. I could think no thoughts at all because I was pressed on every side by a throng of people who were selling pornographic pictures and literature. Wherever I walked and however I tried to escape, the sellers followed me around.

On still another occasion I stood before one of the most magnificent architectural structures that mind could imagine, the Kali Temple in Calcutta, India. Above the main entrance into the temple was a large sign. Did it say, “This is the house of God”? No. Did it read, “This is the gate to heaven”? No. Did it proclaim, “Enter His courts with holiness”? No. Did it say, “Come unto Me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden”? No. Rather, the sign said, “Beware of pickpockets.” The temple was a den of thieves.

This world, with all of its manifestations of religions, with all of its paraphernalia and accouterments of worship, leaves the heart still hungry. There will always be those who are genuinely seeking and searching for an answer from heaven. And there is no such thing as a man who searches for God, but that God has an answer for that man. If you want to know, God will teach you. “He that willeth to do His will shall know of the teaching, the doctrine, the way thereof” [John 7:17]. Anywhere that a man opens his heart to heaven, God will answer that man with words from above.

W A CRISWELL

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