Now, my God, I pray, let Your eyes be open and let Your ears be attentive to the prayer made in this place. 2 Chronicles 6.40
In these verses, we found several situations where a man’s answers can be found when he prays in the Temple or facing the Temple. Solomon’s prayer was the decree of the infallibility of the Temple.
We have several examples of extraordinary things that happened, after prayers were made in the Temple or facing the Temple.
In the Temple: And Hezekiah received the letter from the hand of the messengers, (Sennacherib), and read it; and Hezekiah went up to the house of the Lord (Temple), and spread it before the Lord… Isaiah 37.14
Then the Angel of the Lord went out, and killed in the camp of the Assyrians one hundred and eighty-five thousand; and when people arose early in the morning, there were the corpses – all dead. Isaiah 37.36
Outside of the Temple: Now when Daniel that the writing was signed, he went home. And in his upper room, with his windows open toward Jerusalem, he knelt down on his knees three times that day, and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as was his custom since early days. Daniel 6.10
And when he came to the den, he cried out with a lamenting voice to Daniel. The king spoke, saying to Daniel, “Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, whom you serve continually, been able to deliver you from the lions?” Then Daniel said to the king, “O king, live forever! My God sent His angel and shut the lions’ mouths, so they have not hurt me, because I was found innocent before Him; and also, O king, I have done no wrong before you.” Daniel 6.20-22
Indeed, extraordinary things have happened and will continue to happen to those who pray in the Temple or facing it. The Temple was and is known because EVERY prayer made in it or facing it, will certainly be answered by God. There are chances of them not being answered!
However, we know prayers that are not accompanied by FAITH are not answered, even when they are made inside the Temple. The manifestation of FAITH is the reason why prayers are infallible. Surely, prayers made in the Temple will be to ask for something extraordinary. If not, the person can pray in the synagogue (Church). Therefore, we understand what happened that day when the Lord Jesus “cleansed the Temple.” (John 2.14-16)
What reason led Him to act that way? It was the zeal for the “reputation” of the Temple. Since the Temple was always marked by prayers that were answered by God, the sacrifice, which is the greatest expression of faith, had to be perfect. What angered the Lord Jesus was finding those men selling animals for Jews who did not fear God, and instead of bringing the animals with them on the trip, which was often long (part of the sacrifice), they came and bought the animals to be sacrificed right there in the Temple. Many came from other nations, with foreign currencies, hence the need for moneychangers. This ANGERED the Lord Jesus, because how could God answer the prayers made in the Temple with such sacrifices? This mistake was the reason why God could not act among His people, from the time of prophet Malachi until John the Baptist (about 400 years).
But now entreat God’s favor, that He may be gracious to us. While this is being done by your hands, will He accept you favorably?” says the Lord the Lord of hosts. Malachi 1.9
The Temple must be respected, and those who enter it to receive something extraordinary, through prayer, must present the perfect sacrifice!
The Lord Jesus himself said: Then He went into the temple and began to drive out those who bought and sold in it, saying to them, “It is written, ‘My house is a house of (answered) prayer’.” Luke 19.45
The Temple is infallible, WHEN the sacrifice presented in it does not have “flaws”!