Solomon’s prayer

Solomon reveals through his prayer how much he valued God’s presence. He begins his prayer with adoration.

As he moved to the altar, he began to consecrate the offering to the Lord. He did so by affirming that there was no other God. Then he asked for God’s continued presence and protection. He followed these with seven typical Israelite prayers that asked God to be engage.

As Solomon knelt, his final ask was for God’s salvation and goodness to be realised by His people – he called on God’s grace and for Him to remember the mercies of David.

Then in the presence of the people Solomon went and stood in front of the altar, where he raised his arms – 1 Kings 8:22 GNT

After Solomon had finished praying to the Lord, he stood up in front of the altar, where he had been kneeling with uplifted hands. – 1 Kings 8:54 GNT

Obedience, wholehearted devotion, is still required to experience the blessings of God’s presence.

Solomon knows that God had already revealed Himself to others, including His father David, so I notice he is not asking for a brand new experience. He is approaching God in prayer because he knows he is God’s servant and because Israel are God’s people. He is expecting God to stamp His name on this place of worship and it is here where the unapproachable God becomes approachable and ready to help those who worship, sacrifice and pray. It is a prayer of dedication.

Lord God of Israel, there is no god like you in heaven above or on earth below! You keep your covenant with your people and show them your love when they live in wholehearted obedience to you. – 1 Kings 8:23 GNT

God is looking at my heart.

“Jesus taught his disciples how to pray. He laid hands on children to pray for them. He raised Lazarus from the dead, callng on his Father in prayer. He saved Peter from spiritual hardening, through prayer. He said the temple should be a house of prayer. He taught that some demons could be cast only through prayer. He prayed often and regularly and sometimes all night. The prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane – his prayer – that he wold not have to suffer the cross – was denied. He died praying – crying out in agony, praying for his enemies and giving himself to God.” – Timothy Keller

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