"After this I will return and will rebuild the tabernacle of David, which has fallen down; I will rebuild its ruins, and I will set it up; So that the rest of mankind may seek the LORD, even all the Gentiles who are called by My name, says the LORD who does all these things."
As we partner with God in building the house of prayer, it's easy to put the focus on ourselves. We think we need to work hard and try to accomplish things. More prayer, more meetings, lost sleep, music practice, trying to squeeze one more thing into our already busy lives... AAAGH!!!
But here's the thing. The LORD is the ONE who is raising up prayer and worship in every place (Malachi 1:11). Just stop and think about that. He has declared that He's going to do it, and He absolutely will. He will partner with us, if we're available, submissive and willing to do it His way. But the end result will be ENTIRELY His work, done with us and through Christ.
None of our own efforts done out of impure motives will stand. See, they're not eternal. Only the things built by His spirit will survive into eternity.
Zechariah 4: 6, 9 (NKJV) - "This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: 'Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit,' says the LORD of hosts... The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation this temple; His hands shall also finish it."
The rebuilding of the tabernacle of David is an eternal work. God is building it Himself, through us, and what He builds will never fail. The house of prayer, when done on God's terms, is not organization or a building, or a list of prayer meetings. It's a eternal structure in His Kingdom.
God is going to do this with or without me, or you. Getting in touch with this reality helps me relax. Remembering that this is HIS work takes all the worry out of it. AND, it makes me want to step things up and see it happen for Him that much quicker. When we know and love God, and find out what He wants, we get this undeniable urge to move forward and give Him what He wants. It's actually much more propelling than any of our own selfishness or doubtful thoughts.
Just know that if He has called you to something, He will ALWAYS give you the Grace to sustain that calling. Yes, there WILL be sacrifices, but they will be well rewarded. Yes, we might lose some sleep, but there is nothing better than being a part of something that God wants, and knowing that we don't have to quit until He gets what He wants.
"...Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone, in whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit." - Ephesians 2:20-22, NKJV