Veggie Tales

In the produce department of your favorite grocery store, you dodge buggies crisscrossing the aisles between tables of potatoes, avocados, and oranges. Next to the alfalfa sprouts two ladies chatter who see each other unexpectedly . Hitting your arm is a cool mist triggered automatically to keep the lettuce moist. The music pipes out from the speakers in the ceiling a tune designed to increase your desire to put more items into your buggy.  A child runs by giggling with a young mom trying to catch him. You hear across the way the tones of the scanner totaling up someone’s purchase. The clanging of buggies being stacked together echoes through the front door. A distinct smell attacks your nostrils reminding you that the crab and shrimp is just down the aisle.

Now imagine that you are kneeling in the middle of all that attempting to pray. How much praying do you think you would get done?

“And Jesus entered the temple and drove out all who sold and bought in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money-changers and the seats of those who sold pigeons. He said to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer,’ but you make it a den of robbers.”

Matthew 21:12-13 ESV

Within the thirteen acre temple complex stood “The Court of the Nations.” This court designated for anyone from any nation to come and pray without restrictions had been turned into a marketplace. No wonder Jesus responded so radically.

So here’s the question: Do you abhor anything that gets in the way of your praying? Does Jesus abhor that good thing that gets in the way of the best thing, which is communication with the God who created you? After all, the Bible says your body is now the temple of the Holy Spirit.

Is sleeping an extra thirty minutes more important than talking and listening to God through Scripture and prayer? Does Twitter, Facebook, emails, the newspaper, bills, mail, or television come before praying or replace praying?

Prayer is so important to our Savior that he radically removed roadblocks to prayer. Are you willing to radically remove roadblocks in your life, schedule, or habits? What would Jesus want driven-out or turned-over?

Make focused prayer a priority each morning. Then walk through your day in an attitude of praying without ceasing. When we realize the ceaseless availability of God to get us through anything, then there will arise from the depths of our souls an attitude of rejoicing always, praying without ceasing, and giving thanks in all things.

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Pastor Denny

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