Very similar to the read from yesterday so I will keep this brief. Solomon’s prayer is one of the most important prayers in the Old Testament. Ezra is a priest that has been the Israelites return to Jerusalem after being taken in captivity from the Babylonians. In his prayer, Solomon explained the significance of God coming to indwell His temple. God had come to empower, to have fellowship, and to judge, if necessary. God was present among His people, and He would hear their prayers when they obediently called out to Him.
Solomon specified seven specific situations in which he asked the Lord to intervene in answer to prayer.
- when the people swore an oath in the temple (v. 22-23)
- suffered defeat and exile from an enemy (v. 24-25)
- lacked rain (v. 26-27)
- when they experienced disease or other disasters (v. 28-31)
- when foreigners would come to pray toward the temple (v. 32-33)
- when Israel was at war (v. 34-35)
- when Israel was in captivity due to sin (v. 36-39).
The biggest difference between the 2 prayers is the insert from Psalm 132 into the prayer:
40 “Now, my God, may your eyes be open and your ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place.
41 “Now arise, Lord God, and come to your resting place,
you and the ark of your might.
May your priests, Lord God, be clothed with salvation,
may your faithful people rejoice in your goodness.
42 Lord God, do not reject your anointed one.
Remember the great love promised to David your servant.”
You know me by now, I see the “If” and I KNOW this can’t be good!!!
Chapter 7 ends with:
19 “But if you turn away and forsake the decrees and commands I have given you and go off to serve other gods and worship them, 20 then I will uproot Israel from my land, which I have given them, and will reject this temple I have consecrated for my Name. I will make it a byword and an object of ridicule among all peoples. 21 This temple will become a heap of rubble. All[d] who pass by will be appalled and say, ‘Why has the Lord done such a thing to this land and to this temple?’ 22 People will answer, ‘Because they have forsaken the Lord, the God of their ancestors, who brought them out of Egypt, and have embraced other gods, worshiping and serving them—that is why he brought all this disaster on them.’”
Say it isn’t so!!
Don’t forget to read the Psalm, if I hadn’t posted the song yesterday…I would have totally posted it today.