Text: 1 Kings 7-9; Psalm 79
On the occasion of the dedication of the temple, Solomon brings a magnificent prayer (1 Kings 8:22- 53). One of the best places to learn about prayer is to study the great prayers of the Bible. Much of Solomon’s prayer lines up with God’s glory, character and will. He cites scenarios where God’s people might fall away in sin and then repent, and asks the LORD to be merciful and compassionate.
Then, Solomon pronounces a blessing on the people (1 Kings 8:54-61). Two verses stand out for me this day, v.57-58;
“The Lord our God be with us, as he was with our fathers. May he not leave us or forsake us, that he may incline our hearts to him, to walk in all his ways…”
These words speak to the truth that it is the Lord who causes our hearts to be inclined toward Him. They tell us it is in His presence with us, in His closeness, that He does this. He is indeed close, and as we are close to Him, He is able to bring our hearts to Himself. The result is that we walk in all His ways. Key here is that it is the Lord, rather than ourselves, that inclines our hearts to Him.
I have been reminded of late how vital my intimacy with the Lord is to my own spiritual well being and to my ability to serve Him fully. It is true for all of God’s people. He is close. We need to seek Him, spend time with Him in prayer and in His Word, listen for Him, and allow Him to bring our hearts in line with His.
in Him, Mike