Thursday, June 9, 2016

For What Do We Ask?

O. T. #771  "For what Do We Ask?"
June 9, 2016
1 Kings 8-Part 4
He lifted his hands toward heaven, and he prayed...  1 Kings 8:22 NLT


In the first part of this chapter, we read where Solomon blessed the LORD and the people. Now starting with verse 22 we read of his prayer of dedication as he moved to the altar of burnt offerings in the new Temple.
He lifted up his hands toward heaven and prayed:
  • O LORD, God of Israel, there is no God like You in all of heaven above or on the earth below.
  • You keep Your covenant and show unfailing love to all who walk before You in wholehearted devotion.
  • You have kept Your promise to your servant David, my father: You made that promise with Your own mouth, and with Your own hands You have fulfilled it today.
Solomon affirmed that there was no god to compare to Israel's God, the Lord. (verses 23-24)
Then he asked the Lord for His continuous presence and protection. (verses 25-30)

How often do we tell God that He is the only God to be worshipped? Do we ask for His continuous presence and protection?


After praying those things, Solomon enumerated various conditions and circumstances in which Israel could be found so he petitioned God on the basis of each.

The MacArthur Bible Commentary informs us:
Solomon listed 7 typical Israelite prayers that would require the Lord's response. these supplications recalled the detailed list of curses that Deuteronomy 28:15-68 ascribed for the breaking of the law. The Lord would:
  1. judge between the wicked and righteous. (v. 31,32)
  2. forgive the sins that had caused defeat in battle. (v. 33,34)
  3. forgive the sins that brought on drought. (v. 35,36)
  4. forgive the sins that had resulted in national calamities (v. 37-40)
  5. show mercy to God-fearing foreigners (v. 41-43)
  6. give victory in battle (v. 44, 45)
  7. bring restoration after captivity (v. 46-54).
How often do we intercede for our nation due to its sins, seeing God's forgiveness?
Do we ask Him for victory in our own battles?


Pray, pray, pray.

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