Jesus entered the temple area and drove out all who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves. “It is written,” he said to them, ” ‘My house will be called a house of prayer,’ but you are making it a ‘den of robbers.
~ Matthew 21:12-13
Jesus presented Himself at the Temple as the “future king” when He came riding in on a donkey. Israel had many kings over the years. Some of their kings did what was “right in the eyes of the Lord”. And some did what was “evil in the eyes of the Lord”. The kings who did what was right in the eyes of the Lord had two things in common:
When they took over the throne they came in and torn down the idols. They torn down the high places and altars built to other gods. And they removed anything that did not bring glory to God.
Second, they were marked as a people of prayer. They called the people to return to God as a people of prayer.
Jesus entered the Temple as the future King and He torn down the idols and overturned the things that did not glorify God. He also was marked by prayer.
The Temple was destroyed in A.D. 70. It is gone. But a new temple is here: we are the temple of the Holy Spirit. When the Spirit of Christ enters, He will tear down all things that do not glorify God. And He will mark us as people of prayer.
This week, let Jesus mark you as a person of prayer. Sit down with a cup of coffee and share with your heavenly Father, and touch the heart of God.