That he may uphold the cause of his servant and the cause of his people Israel according to each day’s need, so that all the peoples of the earth may know that the Lord is God and that there is no other.
1 Kings 8:59b, 60 NIV
This morning, my heart felt heavy, and the day had only begun. After breakfast, my husband and I prayed about a family member struggling in their marriage and another who faced logistical challenges with a move. We specifically asked God to help them according to the need.
When King Solomon dedicated the temple to God, he got on his knees and prayed with his hands spread toward heaven. His body language symbolized a heart of surrender and openness. After praying, he rose and blessed the people. Solomon’s words bring comfort and assurance that God hears our prayers. He will provide according to the need. But what can we learn from Solomon?
First, Solomon recognized God’s greatness above all gods. He reminded everyone of God’s love and faithfulness to His promises.
Second, Solomon encouraged the people to keep God’s commands.
If we are the only Christians in our families, we can consider how God has strengthened our faith and how He can use us to bless others. Then, we can look to God expectantly and wait for His blessing.
Third, Solomon hoped the words he had spoken would be near to God every day and night. He believed God never took a fifteen-minute coffee break. Since God never observes holidays, He’s always available. We can call on Him anytime.
I will never leave or forsake you.
1 Kings 8:57 NIV
Fourth, Solomon believed God would uphold the cause of the people according to the need they faced. We can tell God specifically what we need. When He answers, others will also know that the Lord is God, and that no other god exists.
Finally, Solomon says we must commit our hearts to the Lord our God and obey His commands.
What are some needs you can share with God today?
Lord, Thank You for Your interest in my needs each new day. You desire to free me from anything that brings shame, slavery, or disobedience. Open my heart and help me to trust You. Bless me, for Your mercy is great. In Jesus’ name, amen.
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