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1 Kings 8:54

When Solomon had finished all these prayers and supplications to the Lord, he rose from before the altar of the Lord, where he had been kneeling with his hands spread out toward heaven.

As you read on, Solomon pronounces a blessing on the people . . . and that blessing begins with these words:

1 Kings 8:56

"Praise be to the Lord, who has given rest to his people Israel just as he promised. Not one word has failed of all the good promises he gave through his servant Moses.

Not one word has failed . . . that is the God we serve! I think that we can learn something about prayer by reading Solomon’s prayer as he knelt before the altar of the Lord in brand new temple that had been built for the glory of the name of the LORD.

Solomon prayed according to what he knew about the nature of God. He knew that God was faithful – he was a covenant keeping God, so he prayed that all the promises that had been made to David would be fulfilled.

Solomon understood that even though God filled the universe He still had the capacity and the desire to hear the prayers of his people – so he prayed, LORD hears the prayers that are directed towards this place and towards you.

Solomon understood that God is holy and just, and that he is the reigning judge of the universe – so he prayed, LORD, punish the guilty and exonerate the innocent.

Solomon understood that God is gracious, that he forgives the sins of those who confess and repent – so he prayed that God would restore his people if they sinned and then repented . . .

On and on it goes. Each request that Solomon made to God on behalf of Israel was based on his knowledge of who God is. When you find yourself in a place where you are not really sure what the right thing to pray is, open your Bible and begin to look for the character traits of God – then base your prayers on who he is. When you don’t know what to pray – pray the Word of God!

One of the most inspiring corporate prayer times that I have experienced was in a pastors meeting a year ago or so. During the course of the meeting we spent some time in prayer – and we started that prayer time together by opening our Bibles to Isaiah 40 and beginning with verse 9 we each lifted our voice and read the remaining verses of that chapter . . .not in unison, but at our own pace in our preaching voices . . . we reminded ourselves who God is and what it is He wants to do. There is something that happens inside of us – something that releases our faith when we know that we are praying according to who God is and what he wants to do. The apostle John said it this way

1 John 5:14-15

This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. [15] And if we know that he hears us--whatever we ask--we know that we have what we asked of him.

Suggested Readings To Read Through The Bible In A Year

Friday     June 11, 2010   1 Kings 7-8 & Psalm 88

Saturday June 12, 2010   1 Kings 9-10 & Ecclesiastes 1

Sunday   June 13, 2010   1 Kings 11-12 & Ecclesiastes 2:1-16

Monday  June 14, 2010   1 Kings 13-14 & Ecclesiastes 2:17-26

Tuesday June 15, 2010   1 Kings 15-16 & Ecclesiastes 3:1-15


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