And Jesus entered the temple and drove out all who sold and bought in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money-changers and the seats of those who sold pigeons. He said to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer,’ but you make it a den of robbers.”
"Zeal for your house consumes me." That sentiment from Psalm 69 gives us a peek into what motivated Jesus to act the way that he did. He saw people making money from those who had come to seek the Lord and it angered him. I wonder if people like this still anger the Lord. Most of us are aware of modern day money-changers who focus on profit and hinder those who come seeking the Lord. I suspect the Lord would react with a similar zeal if he lived today. Perhaps He would start with those who preach a give to get theology?
When I think of a house of prayer my mind does not go to the asking kind of prayer so much as the seeking kind. It is why I believe that it is good to gather with other believers. Something happens to us when we gather together and seek the Lord with song, sharing and prayer. Many times I have walked into settings like this and came away transformed. And that is why Jesus calls this "my house".. a place where those can seek him.. a house that one can enter with heavy burdens and leave refreshed.
Draw us together to seek you in prayer Lord.