Sweet Lord, please let the waters of my body remember the prayers You have gifted me to pray so that my whole being will be immersed in the infinite ripples of praise and prayer for You and to You in all moments of my life. For then I too can be Your House… A House of Prayer.
And foreigners who bind themselves to the Lord to minister to him, to love the name of the Lord, and to be his servants, all who keep the Sabbath without desecrating it and who hold fast to my covenant— these I will bring to my holy mountain and give them joy in my house of prayer. Their burnt offerings and sacrifices will be accepted on my altar; for my house will be called a house of prayer for all nations.
Imagine that someone close to you (Jay) took the blame for something that a friend of his did (Evan). Imagine that Jay got into big trouble at school and Evan took none of the blame.
If you were Jay’s parent or guardian would Evan be welcome in your house after this?
- Would your answer change if you could see that Jay truly loved Evan regardless of how Evan felt?
- Would your answer change if you could see that Jay truly loved Evan and you could see that Evan truly loved Jay?
- Would your answer change if Evan apologized to both you and Jay for what he had done?
- Would your answer change if Evan confessed his guilt at school and was give the same punishment that Jay already received?
How far must Evan go in order to be welcomed back into your house?
Thinking about this scenario really helps me put into perspective why I think we are only welcome in God the Father’s house through Jesus. Jesus loves us, but God loves Jesus so much that he is willing to open His door only to those who truly love His Son.
Maybe our own personal answers to the above questions will help us see what God’s answer would be for us to enter His house?
Thank you Jesus for taking all of the blame and loving us so much!