A House of Prayer

Isaiah 56:1–12 (NKJV)

56:1 Thus says the LORD:

“Keep justice, and do righteousness,
For My salvation is about to come,
And My righteousness to be revealed.
2 Blessed is the man who does this,
And the son of man who lays hold on it;
Who keeps from defiling the Sabbath,
And keeps his hand from doing any evil.”

3 Do not let the son of the foreigner
Who has joined himself to the LORD
Speak, saying,
“The LORD has utterly separated me from His people”;
Nor let the eunuch say,
“Here I am, a dry tree.”
4 For thus says the LORD:
“To the eunuchs who keep My Sabbaths,
And choose what pleases Me,
And hold fast My covenant,
5 Even to them I will give in My house
And within My walls a place and a name
Better than that of sons and daughters;
I will give them an everlasting name
That shall not be cut off.

6 “Also the sons of the foreigner
Who join themselves to the LORD, to serve Him,
And to love the name of the LORD, to be His servants—
Everyone who keeps from defiling the Sabbath,
And holds fast My covenant—
7 Even them I will bring to My holy mountain,
And make them joyful in My house of prayer.
Their burnt offerings and their sacrifices
Will be accepted on My altar;
For My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations.”
8 The Lord GOD, who gathers the outcasts of Israel, says,
“Yet I will gather to him
Others besides those who are gathered to him.”

In this passage, Isaiah recounts the Lord’s prophecy of a cross-national, cross-generational revival that is to occur.  Sons of foreigners and prisoners of war (eunuchs) will have a place in the kingdom of God.  God will restore His people, but others will be brought into His house as well.  This is a foreshadowing of the Day of Pentecost and beyond, where Jews and Gentiles would form the Christian church of the New Testament.  We are seeing this revival explode today, especially in the Pentecostal ranks, where souls are coming to know Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit.  Don’t think that one building can hold all of the church.  Welcome the move of God that will fill many church buildings and grow around the world.  Make your church a house of prayer for all nations.  Every nation needs Christ!

9 All you beasts of the field, come to devour,
All you beasts in the forest.
10 His watchmen are blind,
They are all ignorant;
They are all dumb dogs,
They cannot bark;
Sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber.
11 Yes, they are greedy dogs
Which never have enough.
And they are shepherds
Who cannot understand;
They all look to their own way,
Every one for his own gain,
From his own territory.
12 “Come,” one says, “I will bring wine,
And we will fill ourselves with intoxicating drink;
Tomorrow will be as today,
And much more abundant.”

A major problem that would hinder the revival to which this prophecy refers is the problem of irresponsible leaders in the body of Christ.  Greedy, unaware, silent, without understanding, drunk leaders will not facilitate the revival.  Instead, they will hinder it and promote their own ideas in the place of God’s plan and truth.  Surely, judgment will come upon these unfit shepherds and they will be removed.  Lead with excellence and diligence.  Be aware of what happens within and without your flock and protect them and serve the Lord!

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