d8b142cc-7353-42d6-afed-01aab36a02a0-3230-00000368dc904955_tmpLUKE 19:45-46: “Then Jesus entered the temple area. He began chasing out those who were selling there. He told them, “It is written that the Lord said, ‘My house will be a house where people can pray.’ (Isaiah 56:7) But you have made it a ‘den for robbers.’ ” (Jeremiah 7:11)” (NIRV)‭‭‭‭

OBSERVATION: What are we promoting? Are we promoting Jesus, or are we promoting our programs? This is an important question that every church must ask themselves. If Jesus came to our service this Sunday, would He find a house of prayer, or would He find a house of self promotion?

I believe every Bible believing church desires to be a house of prayer. Yet, it is easy to slip away from this. There is always a pressure to grow, to meet budgets, and to sense that what we are doing is successful. Yet, did the Lord call us to be successful, or did He call us to be faithful? Is it a program, or our promotion, or the latest class or seminar that we want to attract people, or is it the presence of God?

There is no program that can set a person free. You will never read in the Bible – “Where there are dynamic programs and exciting worship, there is freedom.” No!, the Word of God says – “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is there is liberty!” (II Corinthians 3:17). There is nothing inherently wrong with programs, just as there was nothing inherently wrong with sacrifices.

However, when our programs and sacrifices replace our call to sincere prayer and worship, we need to have our tables turned over, and our hearts cleansed!

As a pastor I take this very seriously. I have lived in the error, and I have lived in the flow of the Holy Spirit. My heart’s desire is to be a house of prayer, both personally and corporately. This does not happen automatically. There is the constant pull of demands and obligations that continually wage a war against this purpose. It is only when we are willing to surrender everything for God’s heart that we welcome the turning over of our tables, so we can become what He truly desires – a people and a house of prayer!

Lord, give me a sincere and honest hunger for Your presence. Forgive me when I place my trust in anything we do, and not in You alone! Give us all the desire to seek You with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength. Deliver us from the pressure to be successful, and give us the grace to be faithful.

In Jesus Name!

About Kirk's Devotional Journal

Kirk L. Zehnder is the Founder of Resurrection Christian Outreach. RCO is a ministry that promotes the growth and vitality of the local church through speaking engagements, seminars, various media tools, and written curriculum and books. This ministry was started over 35 years ago by Kirk as a means to strengthen the church that he was pastoring. It grew as Kirk began to share these tools with other churches. Today many of the materials are being used by local churches both nationally and internationally. Kirk's Devotional Journal is a result of struggling with Bible reading programs that never seemed to work. Kirk feels the Lord helped him discover an easy-to-follow program to Read, Reflect, Pray, and Journal through the Bible in one year. This program is called L.I.F.E. Unlike other programs there are no dates to follow. You can miss a day and still complete your reading. You never feel like the dates and verses you missed are chasing you. You are free to enjoy your daily Biblical journey and listen to the voice of The Lord. For more information on the L.I.F.E. plan, send an email to rcoutreach@aol.com. Kirk is also available for speaking engagements, seminars, and retreats. With over 40 years of professional business and pastoral ministry experience, Kirk brings a unique combination of practical wisdom, humor, and Biblical insight. If you would like Kirk to speak at your church, school, or ministry, please send an email to rcoutreach@aol.com and we will get back to you as soon as possible to discuss your opportunity.
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