Powered by 4 - October 2, 2015

Powerful, Public Prayer

Today's reading: 1 Kings 8:22-66

After the ark of the covenant is placed inside the temple, Solomon offers a powerful prayer of dedication to God before all of the people. He begins by acknowledging God's greatness, and then fervently seeks God's continued guidance, provision and protection for Israel. One of the things I appreciated about this prayer was how Solomon openly recognizes and addresses sin and the separation it causes between us and God, and how he then immediately follows that by humbly asking God for forgiveness of future offenses. After offering his prayer, Solomon then charges the people to let their hearts "be wholly true to the LORD our God, walking in his statutes and keeping his commandments, as at this day" (vs. 61). What a beautiful depiction of seeking after God.

What did you observe or learn about sin and forgiveness from Solomon's prayer? What does your heart being "wholly true to the Lord" look like in your day-to-day life? Tami

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