Solomon Prays in a Way That Get’s Results

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

Praise

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.

Application

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.

II Chronicles 7:1-10 (English Standard Version)


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