Church: the House of Prayer
And the foreigners who join themselves to the LORD, to minister to him, to love the name of the LORD, and to be his servants, everyone who keeps the Sabbath and does not profane it, and holds fast my covenant—these 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 peoples.
—Isaiah 56:6-7 (ESV)
God has set in the midst of you, as the ever present witness and figure of heaven, His holy House of Prayer. There it stands, built for no earthly purpose, different in shape, and in all things belonging to it, from earthly habitations; speaking only of heaven, and heavenly uses, and heavenly gifts, and heavenly blessings; the gate of heaven when we are brought into it as little children to Christ;—the gate of heaven, if so God grant us, when we are brought to it, and pass through it the last time on our way to our grave beside it. And here we meet our God.
... R. W. Church (1815-1890), Village Sermons, New York: Macmillan Company, 1897, p. 110-111 (see the book)
See also Isa. 56:6-7; Ps. 84:10; 122:1; Isa. 2:3; John 4:23
Quiet time reflection:
Bring me, Lord, to Your house with my brother.
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