Matthew 21:13 And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves. (KJV)
Genesis 35:7 And he built there an altar, and called the place El-beth-el: because there God appeared unto him, when he fled from the face of his brother. (KJV)
Why do you go to church?
You may have many different reasons for going to church; out of duty or obligation; to get your needs met; to feel good; to be inspired; because you have a function to perform during the service you are attending, etc. Because church has become so causal, it is often used as a networking venue. If asked, would you say you are going to meet with the Lord or “Meet Up”? Do you have an expectation to encounter the presence of God? Do you anticipate hearing the Lord speak to you? Do you look for God to transform your life or do you come and leave the same? Do you really want to be changed or do you just want to be able to say you went to church today?
Psalm 63:2-4 So I have looked upon You in the sanctuary to see Your power and Your glory. 3 Because Your loving-kindness is better than life, my lips shall praise You. 4 So will I bless You while I live; I will lift up my hands in Your name. (Amplified Bible, Classic Edition)
Don’t allow your time to be some sort of non-spiritual activity where you get a temporary emotional boost until the next time. Jacob built and alter because he had an experience with the Lord that changed his life forever. In the house of prayer, you can have the same type of transformation. The next time you are on your way to church prepare your heart, come with a spirit of expectancy.
Come into the sanctuary to meet God, thanking Him for a fresh move and praising Him because He is El Bethel [el beth-ul] (The God of the House of God)
Please agree with me as I pray:
Father, I have many reasons for going to church. Sometimes I have to sing, intercede or I may have been asked to preach the word. There are times when I have had a responsibility in the service as an altar worker, greeter, or usher. If someone asked me why I was going to church, the answer would be for one of those reasons. I never got up and said I’m going to the house of prayer to meet the Lord; I’m going for my life to be transformed; I’m going because I expect to be changed and never be the same. None of those would have been my answer. They are my answer now. I want to go to the house of prayer to meet You. Together with my brothers and sisters, I will be changed. I don’t want my life to ever be the same. If I am changed every time I go to the house of prayer; I will see a manifestation of Your glory in my life and in the earth. I will ultimately be transformed into the person You ordained for me to be and I will begin to look like You…