Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Church: the House of Prayer

Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Come and hear, all you who fear God,
    and I will tell what he has done for my soul.
    —Psalm 66:16 (ESV)
    Here [in His holy House of Prayer] we may come on our day of rest, and be safe, if we will, from any thoughts but those of the world to come. Here we gather together for no earthly business, but for a purpose of one sort only; and that purpose is the same for which saints and angels are met together in that innumerable company before the throne of God. If there is a place on earth which, however faintly and dimly, shadows out the courts of God on high, surely it is where His people are met together, in all their weakness and ignorance and sin, in their poor and low estate, yet with humble and faithful hearts, in His House of Prayer.
    ... R. W. Church (1815-1890), Village Sermons, New York: Macmillan Company, 1897, p. 111 (see the book)
    See also Ps. 66:16; 84:2,10; 100:4; Acts 1:13-14; 20:7; Rom. 16:3-5; Eph. 3:14-15; Heb. 10:25
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, I am not worthy to be heard in Your courts, but in Your grace, receive my prayer.
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