Power from a Prayer

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Power from a Prayer
Solomon receiving the plans for the Temple from his father David

Picture courtesy of lavistachurchofchrist.org

If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, pray, seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. - 2 Chronicles 14.

King Solomon is shown in the book of Chronicles to have a serious attitude about the power of prayer. He called all the people to pray. He spent a fortune plus some to build God’s Temple providing a place to pray and made hundreds of animal sacrifices to God. With his actions he drew from God the above promise.

As you should know by now, when Solomon became King he had very big shoes to fill. His father David had been the greatest King that Israel had ever known. He handed Solomon a united, victorious country, at peace - unlike his father, Solomon would not have to spend most of his life wielding a sword and watching over his shoulder for enemies. But he also handed Solomon the biggest responsibility anyone had ever been given up until that time.

Solomon was to build a Temple for God. A House of God to house the Ark of the Covenant. As God’s House it had to be magnificent and worthy of containing God’s presence. Not something you want to stuff up and get wrong. So therefore it is maybe not surprising that Solomon prayed for Wisdom.

God then appeared to Solomon in a dream God said, ‘Ask for whatever you want me to give you.’ Solomon asked for Wisdom and God granted his request. Think about that for a moment the bible says, God granted his request. No wonder King Solomon had a serious attitude about prayer - He knew God was real - he had already had a prayer supernaturally answered. Our Apocrypha reading today is the highlights of that prayer that Solomon prayed. God appeared to King Solomon during the night and approved the planned Temple. He granted Solomon’s request and made the promise above.

As I wrote a few days ago that prayer was incredibly powerful, through it Solomon gained everything, not just wisdom but fame, great wealth, respect, and eventually love. No wonder Solomon had a serious attitude about prayer.

Christian if you want to see miracles in your life - follow the plan God himself set before Solomon - Christian you are called by Christ’s name, find the right place, get on your knees (spiritually if not physically - although physically helps). Humble yourself - bring yourself low because you are about to be in the presence of God’s holiness, worship him - then sincerely repent, only then make your requests known to God, He will hear you when you do it that way - He promised. Then expect to see changes, to see miracles.