When Jesus entered the temple courts, he began to drive out those who were selling. “It is written,” he said to them, “‘My house will be a house of prayer’; but you have made it ‘a den of robbers.’” (Luke 19:45-46)
I was in a play with my youth group, and we were performing a play based off the gospels. When it got to this scene, a friend who was playing Jesus, was swinging around a plank of wood, and he accidentally hit me in the corner of the ear with ear. Every time I read this scripture; I think of the shock I felt when that bit of wood hit the corner of my ear. I imagine that the people who were in the temple were quite shocked, and also understood at that moment, what the temple was to be used for, prayer.
We might not be all together in one place, physically, right now to pray and worship with each other, but we are still the church. We are still body who has been woven together and who come together to pray and worship God. The beautiful thing about church is that we don’t need to be the same place in order to come together as the body of Christ. We are able to be in different places, different time zones, and still worship this amazing God who loves us.
While we continue to be physically separated for our own safety, let us remember what brings us together. Let us unite with each other, wherever we might be, and pray. The Holy Spirit brings us all together through prayer and worship. We are all together, even though we are separated. Thanks be to God for this.
Prayer: Uniting God, we give you thanks that you teach us again and again the power of prayer. We thank you that no matter where we are, we are all drawn together by your Spirit. Be with us as we continue in these uncertain times. Help us reach out to those in our lives who feel separated in these times. Amen
Action: Reach out to someone who has been on your mind. Check in on them, and offer to pray for them over the phone or video chat. The second part is whether or not they yes, pray for them once you have finished talking with them, and keep them in your prayers.