1 Kings 8:58-59 NIV 2011
“May he turn our hearts to him, to walk in obedience to him and keep the commands, decrees and laws he gave our ancestors. And may these words of mine, which I have prayed before the Lord, be near to the Lord our God day and night, that he may uphold the cause of his servant and the cause of his people Israel according to each day’s need.”
King Solomon dedicated the Temple after seven years of construction. This was his prayer of dedication reminding the Israelites the Lord God was responsible for their success. God kept His promise as Solomon now reminded them they needed to keep theirs. Verse 60, “so that all the peoples of the earth may know that the Lord is God and there is no other.” As God’s servant, Solomon challenged them to obey and be fully committed to God. Obedience is the proper response to God.
Approaching Christmas, it is a great time to remember God is not Santa Claus. I need to reflect on what motives drive my prayers. Are they in obedience to God’s will or my own? Is my life bringing glory to God like Solomon did? Scripture is always the best place to seek God’s face. Psalm 139:23, “Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.” Being obedient is what God desires of me daily.
How can we be more like Solomon when we pray?
God knows us,