Scripture Reading: Mark 11: 15-17
And they come to Jerusalem: and Jesus went into the temple, and began to cast out them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves; And would not suffer that any man should carry any vessel through the temple. 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.
Reflections: It was church time as usual. Buying and selling was seriously going on. Everyone who entered saw nothing wrong and moved in tandem with this concept. When Jesus entered the temple, his reaction proved that this concept of church was totally wrong. He whipped the people practicing this concept, overturned their tables and drove them out of the church. He emphatically spelt out HIS concept of church – a house of prayer! Prayer is talking to God and hearing from him. This is simply an engagement between man and God where man gets to know the will of God and receives empowerment to execute the divine will. The church is not a place to condone, promote, aid or facilitate carnality! It is purely a place for spirituality. Watch what you claim to be the concept of church that you practice. Watch what you do at church! Ask God for help!
Prayer: Lord, help me operate with the right concept of church.
Confession: I Will not condone, promote, aid or facilitate carnality in my life and in the life of others.