God’s Life-Giving Word of Prayer
2 Chronicles 6:32-42: Solomon continues to ask God to hear the prayers of the people and to deal with the people favorably if they repent and pray. Today’s reading marks the conclusion of Solomon’s prayer and a plea for God to remember God’s love for David.
[Solomon prayed:] “Now, O my God, look on us and listen to the prayers offered in this place.”
32“When foreigners who live in a distant land hear how great and powerful you are and how you are always ready to act, and then they come to pray at this Temple, 33listen to their prayers. In heaven, where you live, hear them and do what they ask 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 where you are to be worshiped.
34“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, 35listen to their prayers. Hear them in heaven and give them victory.
36“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, 37listen 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. 38If 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, 39then listen to their prayers. In your home in heaven hear them and be merciful to them and forgive all the sins of your people.
40“Now, O my God, look on us and listen to the prayers offered in this place. 41 Rise up now, Lord God, and with the Covenant Box, the symbol of your power, enter the Temple and stay here forever. Bless your priests in all they do, and may all your people be happy because of your goodness to them. 42Lord God, do not reject the king you have chosen. Remember the love you had for your servant David.”
Why do you think Solomon places so much emphasis on repentance and prayer? How would you describe the prayer life within your community of faith? What will you ask of God today?
Merciful God, look on us with your favor and hear our prayers. I trust in your love and that you listen when I pray. I repent of my sins and seek your forgiveness. In you holy name, I pray. Amen.
Those who repent and seek forgiveness
2 Chronicles 7:1-10: Solomon dedicates the Temple to the LORD.