“these I will bring to my holy mountain and give them joy in my house of prayer. Their burnt offerings and sacrifices will be accepted on my altar; for my house will be called a house of prayer for all nations (Isaiah 56:3)
In this passage God prophesied that Jews and Gentiles would find joy in the house of prayer because their sacrifices were being accepted and therefore their prayers were being heard. Jesus came into the world to be that sacrifice that takes away the sins of all who believe in Him, so that our prayers can be heard and answered. But, because of Jesus, we don’t need to go to the temple to pray anymore, we have become the temple in whom the Holy Spirit dwells; we have become “the house of prayer for all nations”.
On Sunday, November 24, 2019, we are very deliberately choosing to not only dedicate our new facilities to God but also ourselves as individuals and as a congregation. I am praying that this will be no-mere-formality for us, but a deep heart-felt expression of our commitment to and faith in the One who has called us into being “living stones” that are being built up unto the full stature of Christ. May God help Chapel Ridge to fulfill this calling for us, so that His Kingdom will come, His will be done on earth as it is in heaven and our joy will be full…..and may prayer increasingly be at the heart of all we do as we reach out to the nations.