Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place.
2 Chronicles 7:15
Today’s featured prayer is: 2 Chronicles 6 & 7 (NIV) (Excerpts from Chapter 6 are added below).
Today’s featured prayer is a long read, but there is no way for me to share with you King Solomon’s prayer (chapter 6), and the people’s response (7:1-10), without sharing Yahweh’s reply and promise (7:11-22). This is a resounding and powerful reminder that our Father responds to our prayers.
King Solomon began his reign in the pattern left by his father David (see Day 1 – Bowed in Worship). In this chapter he dedicated the temple he had been allowed to build, offered an extravagant sacrifice and spent days in celebration of the one True King. He and the people of Israel worshipped and rejoiced and celebrated AND prayed. Yahweh responded with great power and promises that only He can keep.
The dedication of the temple is what I want us to focus on in prayer today. We are indeed the temple of Elohim. He has chosen us for His dwelling place. He has beautified us with His love and grace and empowered us by living in us through His Spirit. Today, we use Solomon’s prayer as a pattern of dedication for our lives.
May His eyes be open toward this temple, day and night. May His name be upon us and may He hear the prayers and supplications that come from our hearts, May our temple be where the Presence of Yahweh dwells and may our sacrifices be accepted and our prayers answered.
Read: 2 Chronicles 6 & 7
Write: Make a declaration in dedication of His temple to His purpose
Pray: Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving and Supplication
2 Chronicles 6
12 Then Solomon stood before the altar of the Lord in front of the whole assembly of Israel and spread out his hands.
13 Now he had made a bronze platform, five cubits long, five cubits wide and three cubits high, and had placed it in the center of the outer court. He stood on the platform and then knelt down before the whole assembly of Israel and spread out his hands toward heaven.
14 He said: “Lord, the God of Israel, there is no God like you in heaven or on earth—you who keep your covenant of love with your servants who continue wholeheartedly in your way.
20 May your eyes be open toward this temple day and night, this place of which you said you would put your Name there. May you hear the prayer your servant prays toward this place.
24 “When your people Israel have been defeated by an enemy because they have sinned against you and when they turn back and give praise to your name, praying and making supplication before you in this temple,
25 then hear from heaven and forgive the sin of your people Israel and bring them back to the land you gave to them and their ancestors.
26 “When the heavens are shut up and there is no rain because your people have sinned against you, and when they pray toward this place and give praise to your name and turn from their sin because you have afflicted them,
27 then hear from heaven and forgive the sin of your servants, your people Israel. Teach them the right way to live, and send rain on the land you gave your people for an inheritance.
40 “Now, my God, may your eyes be open and your ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place. 41 “Now arise, Lord God, and come to your resting place,
you and the ark of your might.
May your priests, Lord God, be clothed with salvation,
may your faithful people rejoice in your goodness.
42 Lord God, do not reject your anointed one.