I Kings 8, II Chronicles 6
Reader, the fanfare and time spent for the dedication of Solomon's Temple is such a lesson for us. During this lenten season, plan to spend extra time in worship with God. Mary Vee
From Solomon's Scrolls
This is the second half of the prayer I gave in the presence of all the people at the dedication of the new temple built for the Name of the Lord. The first half can be read in the last post.
"When there is not rain because your people have sinned against you, and when the people pray toward this temple and confess your name and turn from their sin because you sent the punishment, then hear from heaven and forgive our sins, your people, Israel. Teach us the right way to live and send rain on the land you gave us as an inheritance.
"When famine or plague comes to the land or blight or mildew, locust or grasshoppers, or when enemies attack any of our cities, whatever disaster or disease comes, and when we pray or plea, holding our hands toward this temple, then hear from heaven, your dwelling place.
"Forgive, and deal with each man according to all he does, since you know our hearts, (and you alone know our hearts). Then we will fear you and walk in your ways all the time we live in the land you gave our fathers.
"As for the foreigners living in our land, when he prays toward this temple, then hear from heaven, your dwelling place, and do whatever the foreigner asks of you so that all the people of earth may know your name and fear you like your people Israel and know this house I built bears your Name.
"When your people go to war against their enemies, wherever you send them, and pray to you facing this city and temple I have built for your Name, then hear their prayer and plea and help them.
"But when we sin against you, there is no one who does not sin, and you become angry and allow us to be captured and taken far away or near, please hear us when we have a change of heart, repenting and pleading with you, saying, 'We have sinned. We have done wrong. We acted wickedly.' Hear us when we turn back to you with all our heart and soul and pray to you facing the land, the city, the temple you gave us. Hear us from heaven, your dwelling place. Hear our prayer and plea and fight for our cause. Forgive your people who have sinned against you. Forgive all the wrongs against you and cause our conquerors to show mercy. For we are your people and your inheritance whom you brought out of Egypt.
"May your eyes be open to our plea and may you listen to us whenever we cry out to you. For you have chosen us from all the nations of the world to be your inheritance, just as you declared through Moses when you, O Sovereign Lord, brought our fathers out of Egypt.
"Now, my God, may your eyes be open and your ears attentive to the prayers offered in this temple.
"Now arise, O Lord God, and come to your resting place, you and the ark of your might.
"May your priests, O Lord God be clothed with salvation, may your saints rejoice in your goodness.'O Lord God, do not reject your anointed one.
"Remember the great love promised to David your servant."
The people rejoiced with singing again. Their voices filled the air. O how the Lord must be pleased.
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1. When the people sin and it doesn't rain, Solomon said, teach us to ___________
2. When disease or disaster hits and the people pray, facing the temple Solomon asked God to ______________.
3. Who is the only one who really knows our hearts?
4. What did Solomon ask God to do for the foreigners who prayed facing the temple?
5. When at war, and the people face the temple to pray, what did Solomon ask?
6.Here is a good verse to memorize: May your eyes be open to our plea and may you listen to us whenever we cry out to you. For you have chosen us from all the nations of the world to be your inheritance, just as you declared through Moses when you, O Sovereign Lord, brought our fathers out of Egypt.