“A House of Prayer”
We confess, O Lord, that sometimes our priorities get way out of whack; we confess that sometimes we get way too caught up in the “business” of the church and give far too little attention to our relationships with you and with others.
As we conduct that business that is necessary in the church, help us to do so honestly and ethically and with a view toward bearing witness to the ways of Jesus.
Mainly, though, help us to give the vast, vast, vast majority of our attention to prayer—to the developing of our relationship with you—so that we will in all aspects of our church life be who we are supposed to be and will act as we are supposed to act.
“Then Jesus entered the temple and drove out all who were selling and buying in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves. He said to them, ‘It is written, “My house shall be called a house of prayer”; but you are making it a den of robbers.’” (Matthew 21:12-13)