Pray for the saints to live in the reality of the church, the Body of Christ, as a house of prayer that they may pray for the fulfillment of God’s desire, the carrying out of God’s will, and the accomplishment of God’s economy (Isa. 56:7; Mark 11:17a; Heb. 3:6; Matt. 6:9-10).
Isa. 56:7 — Even these will I cause to come to My holy mountain / And to rejoice in My house of prayer; / Their burnt offerings and their sacrifices will be acceptable upon My altar; / For My house will be called a house of prayer for all the peoples.
Mark 11:17a — And He taught and said to them, Is it not written, “My house shall be called a house of prayer for all the nations”? Heb. 3:6 — But Christ was faithful as a Son over His house, whose house we are if indeed we hold fast the boldness and the boast of hope firm to the end. Matt. 6:9-10 — You then pray in this way: Our Father who is in the heavens, Your name be sanctified; Your kingdom come; Your will be done, as in heaven, so also on earth.
The built-up church is not only a spiritual house and a holy priesthood but also a house of prayer (Matt. 21:13; Mark 11:17; Luke 19:46). Prayer is the most central and fundamental responsibility of the priesthood. This is not merely our view or a doctrine but God’s requirement. God requires us to bear the responsibility of prayer because prayer is not only for the carrying out of God’s administration; it also imparts many spiritual things into us. To carry out the ministry of prayer before God is not a doctrine; it is God’s ordination and our responsibility…Only through prayer can God dispense many spiritual blessings to us. (CWWL, 1961-1962, vol. 1, “Exercising the Spirit in Prayer for the Priesthood,” p. 397)
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