The Holy Spirit wants to rekindle a fervor for spreading the gospel to the unreached in many ways. One point of awakening is realizing that we have substituted earnest prayer “for all peoples” with activity that produces little or no eternal results. Jesus quotes Isaiah 56:7 in Luke 11:15-19 when He confronts those who used the temple as a place of merchandise rather than a place of prayer. Notice the prophetic nature of these verses in Isaiah.
““And the foreigners who join themselves to the Lord, to minister to Him, to love the name of the Lord, and to be his servants, everyone who keeps the Sabbath and does not profane it, and holds fast My covenant— these I will bring to My holy mountain, and make them joyful in My house of prayer; their burnt offerings and their sacrifices will be accepted on my altar; for My house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples”” (Isaiah 56:6–7). It was always God’s intent that “all peoples”, the “foreigners” would be His, serve Him, love His name, and be to His eternal glory.
Israel lost God’s plan for the nation, but are we in danger of losing His vision and purpose for the Church; to bring light to the nations, people groups, so they will bring praise to His name? As good as the church at Ephesus was, they abandoned the love they had at the beginning. This was very serious in the eyes of the Lord. “Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first. If not, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent” (Revelation 2:5). Will the Lord our Head say the same to us?