How to Build God’s Temple

Take these things hence; Make not my Father's house a house of merchandise. (John 2:16)

Our heart also is filled with so many things that are a hindrance to our spiritual life. Jesus saw there was no prayer in the temple. Jesus saw there was no prophetic power there. The people there could not see their own spiritual condition. The Lord of the temple was there but they did not recognize Him. They willingly crucified Jesus. The temple was then completely destroyed and to this day it has not been built again all these 2000 years. "Now when Ezra had prayed and when he had confessed, weeping and casting himself down before the house of God, there assembled unto him out of Israel a very great congregation of men and women and children: for the people wept very sore" (Ezra 10:1). When we build a temple, it should be built by prayer. When you build your house you must build it by prayer. When husband and wife pray together great revelations will come to them.

When Jesus said one stone would not stand on another in the temple, they did not understand. We do not understand these things. Other considerations have come into our heart - money, cattle and material things. We think of children in terms of money. We think of giving them such things as will give them plenty of money. We do not put them in a place where God can bless them. There is no time for prayer. There is no time for revelation. The temple had no time for these. Hence God allowed it to be destroyed. God is looking at individuals, families, fellowships and Churches. How much revelation is there? Where there is no revelation there will come destruction. "Where there is no vision the people perish" (Proverbs 29:18).