Jesus Christ said, “It is written, My house shall be called a house of prayer.”

Prayer: Exciting, Encouraging, Engaging (Lessons from Earth’s Golden Age, Part 1) (Praying Through the Bible #110)

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TEXT: Zechariah 8:20-22:

“Thus saith the Lord of hosts; It shall yet come to pass, that there shall come people, and the inhabitants of many cities: And the inhabitants of one city shall go to another, saying, Let us go speedily to pray before the Lord, and to seek the Lord of hosts: I will go also. Yea, many people and strong nations shall come to seek the Lord of hosts in Jerusalem, and to pray before the Lord.”

The three verses that we are looking at today are part of a prophetic passage about the coming reign of Jesus Christ on earth. The Bible tells us that in the future, Jesus Christ will rule the world for a thousand years from the city of Jerusalem. Those will be the best days that human history will ever see. It will truly be a golden age. There will be universal peace, justice, and equity on earth. Zechariah tells us that many people will go up to Jerusalem to seek the Lord and to pray before Him.

This passage shows us that those who go to seek the Lord in Jerusalem during this time are eager to do so. They do so gladly and with great anticipation. Although the people spoken of will be living in far better times than we could ever imagine, we ought to emulate their joyous spirit as we go into the presence of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords every day.

What can we learn from their example?

We ought to be excited about prayer. Our passage states, “It shall yet come to pass, that there shall come people, and the inhabitants of many cities… saying, Let us go speedily to pray before the Lord.” If we as Christians are truly honest, many Christians will admit that they do not feel like praying oftentimes. That is the reason why most of us don’t pray as we should. Prayer, as simple as it sounds, is hard work that the devil fights against. He does not want us to pray, and he will do everything in his power to stop us from praying. Thus, a little bit of the excitement factor of prayer wears off.

However, when we really think about prayer, it ought to make us excited and eager to do it. We, as ordinary human beings, can talk to the Creator and Sustainer of the universe just as simply as a thought crossing our mind. And when we think about the blessings and benefits that we have received through prayer, as well as all of the answers to prayer that we have received, it ought to make us want to pray even more.

In the Millennial Kingdom, people will be excited about going to pray at Jerusalem. The Bible tells us that they will say to each other, “Let us go speedily to pray before the Lord.” When you really want to do something or go somewhere, there will be urgency, eagerness, and excitement in your attitude toward whatever that thing is. Let us have such a spirit in our prayers.

Perhaps one of the things that should make us eager to pray is that God is eager to hear our prayers. Throughout Scripture, He invites us to pray to Him. Someone once said, “God is eagerly waiting for the chance to answer your prayers and fulfill your dreams, just as he always has. But he can’t if you don’t pray, and he can’t if you don’t dream.” Therefore, let us be eager and excited about prayer.

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Now, if you are with us today, and you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Saviour, your first prayer needs to be what we call the Sinner’s Prayer. Please understand that you are a sinner, just as I am, and that you have broken God’s laws. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” Please understand that because of your sins, you deserve eternal punishment in hell. Romans 6:23 says “the wages of sin is death…” This is both physical death and spiritual death in hell. That is the bad news.

The good news is found in John 3:16 which says, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! I want to congratulate you on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door, by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.