From “An Intense Moment At The Temple” by Ken Gire
From the Gospel of John Chapter 2
When it was almost time for the Jewish Passover, Jesus went up to Jerusalem. In the temple courts he found men selling cattle, sheep and doves and others sitting at a tables exchanging money. So he made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple area, both sheep and cattle; he scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. To those who sold doves, he said “Get these out of here! How dare you turn my Father’s home into a market!”
His disciples remembered that it is written: “What miraculous sign can you show us to prove your authority to do all this?”
Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days.”
The Jews replied, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and you are going to raise it in three days?” But the temple he had spoken of was his body.
Please pray with me……
Shine, Lord Jesus, Shine!
Shine your light in every corner of our hearts. Search every cupboard. Open every door to every closet. And bring whatever evil is hidden there out in the open.
Search us, O God, and know our hearts. See if there is in us any small trace of hypocrisy, any small bit of impurity, any small beginnings of greed or materialism. Wash us, O Lord, and make us clean.
Forgive us for how we have overlooked the many small but pervasive influences that threaten to make a yeasty, doughy mess of our lives. For the small talk that grew into gossip. For the slight stretching of truth that grew into a lie. For the silent insecurities that grew into jealousies that grew into criticisms of others.
Forgive us for all we have tolerated in the country of our lives. For the way we have allowed sacred things to become profaned. For the way we have allowed prater to be pushed to the far corners of our lives.
Come, Lord Jesus. Come to the temples of out hearts. Overturn the tables. Drive out the money changers. And do what You have to do to make our hearts places of prayer…
In Your Name and Your sake, Jesus, we pray…. Amen