The House of Prayer
“My house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples” (v. 7).
– Isaiah 56:6–8
As Christians consider what the Bible has to say about worship, it is crucial that we consider what all of Scripture says about how we are to come before God when we offer up our sacrifices of praise.
This means that we must look at the Old Testament no less than we consider what the New Testament teaches. In so doing, we have to keep in mind that not everything done in worship under the old covenant carries over into the new covenant.
For example, we do not offer up animal sacrifices anymore because Hebrews 9–10 tells us that Jesus is the final sacrifice for sin.
Nevertheless, there are principles we can discern from the Old Testament Scriptures that can guide our worship practices.