Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Prayer Is Knocking On the Door of the Sanctuary of the Heart

I took this photo of a woman praying
in the Church of the Nativity in Jerusalem
The human heart is like a home. The heart is a dwelling place.

When your heart was constructed, the architect and builder was God. You were, and are, made in the image of God. Your purpose in life is to host the presence of God in your heart-home.

If you place your trust in Him, this will happen. Jesus said, in John 14:23, “All who love me will do what I say. My Father will love them, and we will come and make our home with each of them." So, as a Jesus-truster, Christ the "hope of glory" has made His home in your heart. He lives within you, by His Spirit. Call this place the inner sanctuary. You, as a "temple" of the Holy Spirit, are a "portable sanctuary." 

There is a "door" into this inner place, and it is prayer. Prayer is the knock on the door of the heart-sanctuary God dwells. When we knock in prayer, God opens. Because real prayer is talking with God about what you and He are doing together, God will never not-respond to spending time with you in that way. 

These meetings with God are not mere business meetings. Imagine attending a corporate business meeting and the CEO interrupts, calls your name, and says "I love you." He cares for you. He heals your wounded heart. That's what doing business with God is like. I know this from experience.

In the history of Christian spirituality many have drawn on the John 14 imagery of the human heart as the place where God makes His home. One famous example is Teresa of Avila's Interior Castle. The heart, writes Teresa, is a castle containing many mansions. "The door of this castle is prayer." (K 353)

Enter in today.