This comes from a scripture passage where Jesus
rebuked moneychangers and vendors who were selling sacrifices in the outer
court of Herod's Temple in Jerusalem. Besides a violation of the Sabbath
laws, Jesus considered this as exploitation of the sacredness of God's
house. Quoting from Isaiah 56:7, He scolded them, "It is written, My house
shall be called a house of prayer, but you have made it a den of thieves."
The old covenant temple was, indeed, intended to be a
house of prayer, a place that was holy and sacred, where God correlated with
His people. However, technically speaking, this really cannot correspond to
a church facility, because under the new covenant of Christ, the believer
becomes God's temple. While every church facility should be dedicated for
prayer, in today's era God's people are the house or "household" of prayer,
the tabernacle in whom the Holy Spirit dwells. "Do you not know that you are
the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?" (1 Cor. 3:16).
Needless to say, Christians should be a people of prayer, dedicated to a life of spiritual devotion to God. Prayer is indispensable to the Christian life and is the key that will open the door to God's provisions, divine guidance, and solutions to every problem. The scriptures say, "Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you" (1 Thes. 5:16-18).