In 1675, nine years after a terrible fire in London, Sir Christopher
Wren laid the foundation stone of his greatest architectural
enterprise, the building of St. Paul’s Cathedral. It took him thirty-
five long years to complete this task, and when it was done he
waited … More
The Lord has been present, he has heard, and He answers twice, once immediately and again later. The Lord sent down fire to consume the sacrifices that were prepared (v. 1). The answer to prayer was the fire. The people fell to their faces acknowledging the Lord’s faithfulness (vv. 2-3).
This answer of prayer caused the assembled people to offer more sacrifices. Solomon alone offered 22,000 cattle and 120,000 sheep and goats (vv. 4-5). In praisethe priests and Levites played their musical instruments (vv. 6-7). For seven days the sacrifices went on (v. 8). On the eighth day, which followed the feast of Tabernacles (Leviticus 23:36). The people came together once more just before returning to their homes (v. 9). At this point Solomon sent everyone home praising the Lord because of all the good things the Lord had done (v. 10).
Solomon’s prayer was specific in which he was asking what God wanted Him to ask. We might have known that Solomon would have His prayer answered because He had previously been given the word and wisdom of God. His was the kind of intercession that gets results.
One of my weaknesses is praising others publically as much as I should. It is so easy to be critical of others when I should be looking for ways to praise them. I also need to praise the Lord more.
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II Chronicles 4:1-22Furnishings For The Temple
II Chronicles 5:1-14The Ark of the Covenant Was Moved to The Temple
II Chronicles 6:1-11Solomon Brings a Dedication Message For The Temple
II Chronicles 6:12-21Solomon’s Prayer at The Temple Dedication
II Chronicles 6:22-31Solomon Prays For The Forgiveness of Sin
II Chronicles 6:32-42Solomon Prays For Those in Foreign Missions
II Chronicles 7:1-10Solomon Prays in a Way That Get’s Results
II Chronicles 7:11-22God’s Approval of Solomon Building The Temple
II Chronicles 8:1-18Solomon’s Greatest Achievement was Finishing The Temple
II Chronicles 9:1-12Queen of Sheba Brings Gifts to Solomon
II Chronicles 9:13-21Evidence of Solomon’s Prosperity
II Chronicles 9:22-31The Failures of Solomon
II Chronicles 10:1-19Rehoboam Listens to The Bad Advice of The Younger Men