"It is written, 'My house shall be called a house of prayer,' but you have made it a den of thieves.' " Matthew 21:13
As I was writing the "Message of the Month" about the Abomination of Desolation, the Holy Spirit spoke to me about His house being a house of prayer. I have always thought about this scripture as being for the church building where the modern-day assembly of believers meet, but the Holy Spirit reminded me that we are the temple and spiritual house of God!
If we are God's house, then prayer is communication and holy communion with Him, not a place to go, but His own residence in us. Being modern day believers we have been led to believe that church is a place to go, but it is not, it is a "Person" to be! We are the expression of the Lord Jesus Christ in the earth and we don't attend a building or service, we attend to Him with spiritual service and sacrifice holy to the Lord! The old was destroyed and the new was established so that He could continue to walk this earth healing all oppressed by the devil through His spiritual houses of prayer in us!
I beseech you therefore brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. Romans 12:1
There is no longer an earthly temple of stone, nor a human priest to make intersession, nor rituals to attend once a week, nor traditions to keep, nor laws to follow, because we are a holy priesthood of God, called to sacrifice our lives for Him and to expand a supernatural kingdom on the earth. We are the temple, the priest, His body and His laws are held within our heart. We are no longer bound to men with their traditions, rituals and schedules, we are called as a holy nation to ever make intersession for Him, to minister before Him as His priesthood and to walk as He walked, filled with His Holy Spirit.
We as His body of believers, washed in His blood and filled with His Spirit have been deceived by ignorant men steeped in tradition who have held the church captive through guilt and shame to promote their fleshly agendas and build their earthly kingdoms. This is the reason that death has entered these man-made temples of doom, consumer driven, and spectator motivated they draw millions of unsuspecting sheep to fill their cathedrals of complacency and ultimately put them to sleep in a sermon induced coma! If you have been trapped, escape, flee for your spiritual lives before its too late into the arms of your heavenly Father who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light!
But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; who once were not a people but now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy. I Peter 2:9,10
Your servant in Christ, Tim Laughlin