God’s Word of Prayer
1 Kings 8:41-53: Solomon requests that God listen to the prayers of foreigners. Then he affirms that he is God’s servant and that the people of Israel are God’s people.
41-42“When a foreigner who lives in a distant land hears of your fame and of the great things you have done for your people and comes to worship you and to pray at this Temple, 43listen to his prayer. In heaven, where you live, hear him and do what he asks you to do, so that all the peoples of the world may know you and obey you, as your people Israel do. Then they will know that this Temple I have built is the place where you are to be worshiped.
44“When you command your people to go into battle against their enemies and they pray to you, wherever they are, facing this city which you have chosen and this Temple which I have built for you, 45listen to their prayers. Hear them in heaven and give them victory.
46“When your people sin against you—and there is no one who does not sin—and in your anger you let their enemies defeat them and take them as prisoners to some other land, even if that land is far away, 47listen to your people’s prayers. If there in that land they repent and pray to you, confessing how sinful and wicked they have been, hear their prayers, O Lord. 48If in that land they truly and sincerely repent and pray to you as they face toward this land which you gave to our ancestors, this city which you have chosen, and this Temple which I have built for you, 49then listen to their prayers. In your home in heaven hear them and be merciful to them. 50Forgive all their sins and their rebellion against you, and make their enemies treat them with kindness. 51They are your own people, whom you brought out of Egypt, that blazing furnace.
52“Sovereign Lord, may you always look with favor on your people Israel and their king, and hear their prayer whenever they call to you for help. 53You chose them from all the peoples to be your own people, as you told them through your servant Moses when you brought our ancestors out of Egypt.”
Today’s Key Verse: 1 Kings 8:52
“Sovereign LORD, may you always look with favor on your people Israel and their king, and hear their prayer whenever they call to you for help.”
What is Solomon’s prayer for foreigners? For what else does he pray? What will you pray for today?
Sovereign God, you hear the prayers of your people. Grant me a repentant heart and hear my prayer today. Trusting in your mercy and love, I seek forgiveness for my sins. Amen.
1 Kings 8:54-66: Solomon blesses the people and dedicates the Temple.