I Kings 8 and II Chronicles 6
From Solomon's Scrolls
The music played again at the celebration to dedicate the temple built for the Name of the Lord. The people shouted with joy. Such a magnificent temple for the Lord. And now we needed to quiet our minds and dedicate the temple in prayer.
I held my hands high to quiet the people. They all raised their hands with me. The hush stirred my heart. I stood in front of the altar of the Lord on a large platform. It was the only way my voice would carry to all the people. I knelt before the crowds and spread out my hands before heaven and prayed:
"O Lord, God of Israel, there is no God like you in heave or on earth. You who keep your covenant of love with your people who are dedicated wholeheartedly in your way. You have kept your promise to your servant David, my father. You have fulfilled that promise today. This is your temple.
"Now, Lord, God of Israel, keep the promise you made to your servant David, when you said, 'You will always have a man from your family sit on the throne of Israel.' And in exchange we who sit on the throne are to be careful to walk according to your laws. And now, O Lord, God of Israel, let your promise come true."
"O Lord, this temple has been made for your Name, and yet you can not be contained inside this temple. The heavens, even the highest heavens cannot contain you. How much less this temple I have built. I pray, give me mercy, O Lord my God. Hear my cry and prayer given in your presence. May your eyes be open toward this temple day and night, this sacred place of which you said you would put your Name. Hear my prayers for this place, this temple made for you. Hear the prayers of your people Israel when they pray in this place. Hear us from heaven, your dwelling place. And when you hear . . . forgive."
"When a man does evil against his neighbor, judge between him and his neighbor, repaying the guilty with punishment for what he has done. Declare the innocent not guilty.
"When we have been defeated by an enemy because we have sinned against you, and when we turn back from our wicked ways and confess your name, praying in this temple, then hear from heaven and forgive the sin of your people, Israel and bring us back to the land you gave us and our fathers."
Because the prayer is so long, as such an important prayer should be, I will continue the prayer in the next post.
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1. Where did Solomon stand to give the prayer.
2. Who all was there to hear the prayer?
3. In the prayer, Solomon first tells God what?
4. Second, Solomon asks God to remember what?
5. Third, Solomon says he realizes what about the temple?
6. Fourh, Solomon asks that the innocent be declared _______
7. Fifth, Solomon asks when the nation has been defeated because of sin, and they confess, then ____________