Scripture: 1 Kings 8; 2 Chronicles 5. Click here to view full scripture.
Observation: What was going on in the Bible at this time?
King Solomon called the Israelites to gather in order to dedicate the temple and to rededicate the people to God’s service. The priests brought the Ark of the Lord’s Covenant into the inner sanctuary of the temple. The tabernacle was a portable place for the people to worship as they were traveling to the promised land; the newly-built temple was a permanent place to worship God after the Israelites settled in their land. God did not ask the people to build a temple for Him; it had been in David’s heart to build a temple, and God told David that Solomon would be the one to build it. Solomon both praised the Lord and prayed for His people. The temple took a total of seven years to build, Solomon’s eleventh year as king. Follow along in 1 Kings 8 and 2 Chronicles 5!
Application: How can we apply this to our lives?
Sometimes it is easy to think of a building as the focus of God’s presence and power, but God chooses His people to do His work. In Solomon’s prayer of dedication, he declared that even the highest heaven cannot contain our God. God is everywhere and in the hearts of those who love Him. The heavens cannot contain God, for He is omnipresent. God wants His people to reach out to the world, sharing His love. We need to jump at every opportunity we have to spread the Word and love of God to others. When Solomon praised God and prayed for the people, he prayed for God’s presence, for the desire to follow God’s ways and His will in everything, God’s help with each day’s need, for the desire and ability to obey God’s laws, and for the spread of God’s kingdom to the entire world. We, too, can pray for these exact things when we pray for our church, family, and friends.
Prayer: What can we pray for in regards to these passages?
Heavenly Father, Thank You for the examples and stories that You have placed in Your Word for us to learn from. Thank You for the Books of 1 Kings and 2 Chronicles and the lessons that come from each chapter. Father, we know that we are sinners, and we ask for Your forgiveness. Please help us to always follow Your ways for us, obeying and praising You through all circumstances in our lives. Please help us to love and obey You wholeheartedly. Please help us to love our enemies and to forgive those who have hurt us, as well. Please be with those who have rejected You, and help them to return to You, Father, before judgement. Help us to treat others with kindness, and help us to show the same traits to others as You do, following Your example. Help us to trust in Your care and provision in each of our lives. Even though we do not always get what we want in life, we know that You know what is best for us. Please help us to draw near to You, and please protect us from giving in to the pressures of this fallen world. We want to live Godly lives. When we face struggles in this life, Father, please help us to call upon You. Help us also to be more compassionate toward others who are struggling in this evil world, as well. Help us to be Your hands and feet in this world, and guide us in the right paths for our lives. Help us to trust in Your timing for our lives, and help us not to grow impatient. We thank You for Your son Jesus who died to free us from the slavery of our sins. Thank You for the unique gifts and talents that You give to each one of us; help us to work in unity with others to accomplish Your plan. Thank You for the promise of one day living in eternity with You. Please guide and protect us, our friends, families, pets, and our brothers and sisters around the world who are suffering. We love You and thank You for everything. – in Jesus’ name we pray, amen.