House of Prayer by Erin Rodrigues
“Jesus, please help praying to be easier for me because I really want to teach my kids to like praying when I grow up. Thank you, Lord Jesus. Amen!” My ten-year-old daughter and I had just finished our evening prayer time and she had closed with such a heartfelt honesty while talking to Jesus. As I left her room and began to lock the house up for the night, the words of Jesus resonated in my mind when He said, “My house shall be called the house of prayer” (Mark 11:17, NKJV). Later, Paul explained God “does not dwell in temples made with hands” (Acts 17:24, NKJV). We are the temple of God. You and me. He dwells in us, in our lives.
I began to realize our prayer life is one of the biggest struggles of a child of God. We sometimes struggle more with our personal prayer life than in any other area. So much demands our attention these days that it can be easy to put prayer on hold or cut prayer short. Really, it should be our life source.
With a desire to protect my daughter’s house of prayer, I walked to a drawer with some old keys inside and picked one up. I went back to my daughter’s room and sat down on the side of her bed. “Amor, as a child of God and as His temple, prayer is the oxygen to our soul. It keeps us healthy and alive spiritually. I know there are many things that try to pull our attention from prayer, but if you continue to give God the time that is His, He will put a love deep inside of you for prayer.” I handed her the old key I had retrieved from the drawer. “Let this key remind you to secure your prayer time. Lock out all the things that pull your attention away from your time with God. As you grow, God will take you to amazing places in prayer if you will just continue to build and protect your house of prayer.”
As children of God, we can sometimes experience frustration as we try to establish prayer in our lives. Let us not let everyday tasks, technology, and life in general interfere with our daily prayer time. It’s time we secured our prayer and allowed the Lord to grant us the privilege of establishing our lives as “houses of prayer.”
Note: Erin Rodrigues serves alongside her husband, Reverend Oscar Rodrigues, and their two children as UPCI overseas representatives to the Republic of Portugal.
(Information from: Ladies Prayer Intl November 2019 – UPCI LM – firstname.lastname@example.org)