JOY IN THE HOUSE OF PRAYER

JOY IN THE HOUSE OF PRAYER

For too many Christians prayer is a joyless task. For so many it is something that is too hard to do. But the Lord wants us to have Joy in the House of Prayer. Follow me and see how you can make your prayer life a joyful one.

Revelation 5:8-10 “And when he had taken the book, the four living beings and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each of them had a harp and golden vials full of incense which are the prayers of saints. {9} And they sang a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open up its seals because you were slain, and have redeemed us to God by your blood out from every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; And You have made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.”

The four living beings represent the Overcomers. The 24 Elders represent the 12 tribes of Israel and the 12 Apostles. They also represent the Overcomers of both dispensations. These 24 Elders can’t represent only the Old and New Testament Elders because they were all Jews. These sing about being redeemed from every “kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation” and so they represent the redeemed: both Jew and Gentile.

These are also “kings and priests” who will one day “reign on the earth”. We need to look at a second group who are very similar but are not the same.

Revelation 7:9-17 “After this I beheld a great multitude which no man could number of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues standing before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palm branches in their hands; {10} And they cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation is from our God who sits upon the throne, and unto the Lamb. {11} And all the angels stood round about the throne, and the elders and the four living beings, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshipped God, {12} Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honor, and power, and might unto our God for ever and ever. Amen. {13} And one of the elders spoke and asked me, Who are these which are arrayed in white robes? And where do they come from? {14} And I said unto him, Sir, thou know. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. {15} Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them. {16} They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat. {17} For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.”

  1. Both groups are from “every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation
  2. The first group sings while the second group cries out.
  3. The first group “reigns” while the second group “serves”
  4. And, it is the second group that has their tears wiped away…

The difference is that the first group represents those who were Saved and became Disciples and Overcomers.

The second group represents those who were Saved but never went on with God.

They never continually “took up their cross” and “followed” Him. That’s why the tears are wiped away. Their tears are because they could have become and Overcomer because “many are called”. But they never were chosen because they did not chose the “straight and narrow”.

If you want to be an Overcomer and reign with Christ one day then you have to allow Him to wipe your tears away now and become His servant now. We need to die to self and live unto Him. We are all given the opportunity to become Overcomers; Kings and Priests.

 

Isaiah 56:7-8Even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer. Their burnt offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted upon mine altar; for mine house shall be called an house of prayer for all people. {8} The Lord GOD which gathereth the outcasts of Israel saith, Yet will I gather others to him, beside those that are gathered unto him.”

To many people prayer is very difficult. God wants it to become a joyful thing.

But people wonder how can they offer joyful prayers during times of hardship and suffering? What if you lost everything you owned? What if you lost a loved one? Have divorced? See your children’s lives falling apart? How can you have “Joy in the House of Prayer”? We must learn to offer to God the Sacrifice of Praise!

A Priest offers a sacrifice. In the OT, the priest offered up the blood of bulls and goats, etc.  They received the sacrifices of the people and offered that unto God also. The people brought the fruit of their fields or their labors. As New Testament Priests we no longer offer the blood of animals. Christ shed His blood once for all time. But we offer something else.

The Word tells us to offer unto God the “sacrifice of praise; the fruit of our lips”.

In the OT Hebrew that’s the word Tehillah and it means “songs of Glory”.

The word Tephillah, a word that has only one letter different, means “songs of Glorious Prayer”.

The Overcomer learns to sing a “new song”.

They can sing a song of thankfulness even while suffering. They have learned to be “content in what ever state they are in”. That means to have “joy”. This is something that takes time to become a part of you. But it can! Through Christ, we can do all things. Even though things happen that Satan means for evil, God can turn them for good! Even though we are saddened by circumstances, we are still Saved and are going to Heaven! Hallelujah! He will never leave us or forsake us! These statements from the Word of God give us something to be happy about even in times of trouble.

So, the opportunity to become an Overcomer is before you. Do you want to serve Him faithfully now and reign later on?

 Then learn through experience to offer Him Songs of Glorious Prayers and be to have Joy in the House of Prayer!

Frank Dupree
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