Solomon’s Prayer

Now as Solomon finished offering all this prayer and plea to the Lord, he arose from before the altar of the Lord, where he had knelt with hands outstretched toward heaven. And he stood and blessed all the assembly of Israel with a loud voice, saying, “Blessed be the Lord who has given rest to his people Israel, according to all that he promised. Not one word has failed of all his good promise, which he spoke by Moses his servant. The Lord our God be with us, as he was with our fathers. May he not leave us or forsake us, that he may incline our hearts to him, to walk in all his ways and to keep his commandments, his statutes, and his rules, which he commanded our fathers. Let these words of mine, with which I have pleaded before the Lord, be near to the Lord our God day and night, and may he maintain the cause of his servant and the cause of his people Israel, as each day requires, that all the peoples of the earth may know that the Lord is God; there is no other. Let your heart therefore be wholly true to the Lord our God, walking in his statutes and keeping his commandments, as at this day.” 1 Kings 8:54-61.

This day Solomon prayed for the people of Israel. Even though this was a day of great celebration, he prayed in a way that foretold all of the bad times that would come. And he did so because he ain’t gotta lie to everyone sins and that sin would separate them from God’s goodness. Why would Solomon, on this great day, bring up all of these negative things? It is because it is the reality of human living. people sin. Even when God has been kind to them beyond measure and fulfilled all his promises to them. People do forget him and walk in their own ways. So even though this was a day when the glory of God filled the temple and people have a hard time standing up under it, it was still a time to warn people about the realities of what would happen if they did forsake following God’s ways.

Today we need to hear the same warnings. Jesus can and warned us about the persecution we would suffer when we are obedient, but also the suffering we would go through when we are disobedient. In the book of Revelation there were messages sent to the seven churches of Asia. most of those churches were given stern warnings because they were walking and ways that were against the Lord. We need to hear those things again. because much of what we are suffering today in America is not because we are obedient. It is because we have been self-satisfied and have sought things instead of the kingdom of God.

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