God’s Word Goes Forth: Come to the Lord in Prayer
2 Chronicles 6:1-17: Solomon tells the story of God delivering the people from Egypt, equipping David to plan for the temple, and empowering Solomon to build it. He celebrates the fulfillment of God’s promises and offers a prayer of praise and thanksgiving for God’s faithfulness.
Today's Scripture: 2 Chronicles 6:14
“LORD God of Israel, in all heaven and earth there is no god like you. You keep your covenant with your people and show them your love when they live in wholehearted obedience to you.”
1 Then King Solomon prayed, “ LORD, you have chosen to live in clouds and darkness. 2 Now I have built a majestic temple for you, a place for you to live in forever. ” 3 All the people of Israel were standing there. The king turned to face them and asked God's blessing on them. 4 He said, “Praise the LORD God of Israel! He has kept the promise he made to my father David when he said to him, 5 ‘From the time I brought my people out of Egypt until now, I did not choose any city in the land of Israel as the place to build a temple where I would be worshiped, and I did not choose anyone to lead my people Israel. 6 But now I have chosen Jerusalem as the place where I will be worshiped, and you, David, to rule my people. ’ ” 7 And Solomon continued, “My father David planned to build a temple for the worship of the LORD God of Israel, 8 but the LORD said to him, ‘You were right in wanting to build a temple for me, 9 but you will never build it. It is your son, your own son, who will build my temple. ’ 10 Now the LORD has kept his promise: I have succeeded my father as king of Israel, and I have built a temple for the worship of the LORD God of Israel. 11 I have placed in the Temple the Covenant Box, which contains the stone tablets of the covenant which the LORD made with the people of Israel. ” 12 Then in the presence of the people Solomon went and stood in front of the altar and raised his arms in prayer. ( 13 Solomon had made a bronze platform and put it in the middle of the courtyard. It was eight feet square and five feet high. He mounted this platform, knelt down where everyone could see him, and raised his hands toward heaven.) 14 He prayed, “ LORD God of Israel, in all heaven and earth there is no god like you. You keep your covenant with your people and show them your love when they live in wholehearted obedience to you. 15 You have kept the promise you made to my father David; today every word has been fulfilled. 16 Now, LORD God of Israel, keep the other promise you made to my father when you told him that there would always be one of his descendants ruling as king of Israel, provided that they carefully obeyed your Law just as he did. 17 So now, LORD God of Israel, let everything come true that you promised to your servant David.
When Solomon built the temple and placed the Covenant Box in it, he made the Temple and the city of Jerusalem, the central place of the political and religious lives of the people. What places hold special religious significance for you? Why?
Eternal God, thank you for those special places where I feel most connected to you. Fill me with your Holy Spirit and enable me to share your blessings with others. Amen.
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