King Solomon’s life work is finally complete! God’s Temple was finished and the day of celebration and dedication had come. As Solomon stood before the altar of the Lord in front of the whole assembly of Israel, he spread his hands toward heaven and prayed.
Solomon’s prayer of dedication began with praise. Solomon acknowledges that there is no one like God, either in heaven or on earth. We see many examples of prayers of adoration in the Bible, including Nehemiah 1:5 where Nehemiah is praising the “God of heaven, the great and awesome God.”
As Solomon continues, he claims the promises God made to his father David; the Lord’s temple would be built and there would never fail to be a king from the line of David on the throne of Israel. These were promises that came with a clause—the Israelites should be careful in all they do and they should walk before the Lord.
Solomon’s prayer is also a prayer of confession. Solomon knew that Israel would eventually lose its way and turn its back on God. As a result, they would be defeated by their enemies, droughts would come and pestilence (including mildew, locusts, grasshoppers, etc.) would besiege the people. Solomon’s plea is that Israel would confess, turn from their sin and return to God, so that The Lord will forgive them and they would be restored to their land and inheritance.
Finally, Solomon turned his focus from Israel to the nations. He knew that God’s greatness and love would reach beyond the borders of Israel; men would hear of the Lord’s great name and his mighty hand and turn to Him. This affirmed the promise made to Abraham in Genesis 12:3b, “All peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”
This year, the CPC family is making a commitment to focused and intentional prayer. I hope that as you spend time in prayer, you look to Solomon’s prayer and ask yourself:
Am I spending time praising God?
Am I claiming God’s promises?
Am I confessing my sins?
Am I praying for the nations?
By: Steve Musen — Leadership Team Member