Wednesday, July 5, 2017

The Temple, Part I: House of Prayer

"Establish a house, even a house of prayer, a house of fasting, a house of faith, a house of learning, a house of glory, a house of order, a house of God;" -Doctrine & Covenants 88:119

The Temple is a house of prayer. More prayers have probably been prayed in the Temples than any other building. People go to seek guidance from the Lord through prayer, the ordinances involve prayers, every shift of Temple workers begins with a prayer. It would be a shock to me to learn that a prayer wasn't happening in the Temple when there were more than 3 people in the building than to learn a prayer was happening.

In addition, people pray for long periods for a Temple to come to their region, their land, or their city. Many temples are answers to silent prayers the people did not even know they were praying. A seldom sung hymn reads, "Prayer is the soul’s sincere desire, Uttered or unexpressed". Each time a person travels hours or days to go to the Temple, they show their desire for the Lord's House, and that is a prayer. Each time a person thinks about the Temple, or wishes to be at the Temple more often than circumstances currently allow, that is a prayer.

The voices of the Saints ascending to God make the Temple a holy place. Without the dedicatory prayers, Temples are just random buildings. Without Saints entering there with prayerful hearts, it's just another edifice. Without the sincere desires to serve our ancestors and worship the God of Heaven in the most sublime way, it does nothing to save. But with the prayers of the Saints, uttered or unexpressed desires shown in other ways, the Temples become the beacon they are meant to be and a Light to the outcasts of Israel, living and dead.

Search for ways you can make the Temple your house of prayer consistent with your current circumstances, and the Lord will bless you.