PRAY AND BE BLESSED
Suggested Reading: 2 Chronicles 1-2
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Key Verse: 2 Chronicles 1:10
Now give me wisdom and knowledge, that I may go out and come in before this people; for who can judge this great people of Yours?
Putting God first, the people second, and himself last was an excellent beginning for young King Solomon. God responded to Solomon’s prayer and gave him such wisdom and favour that Israel rose to even greater prominence and prosperity than ever before. Trade, imports and exports flourished with surrounding nations. When Solomon was blessed by God, so were all the people of Israel, and so were millions of others.
By this time the tent Tabernacle of Moses was at least 500 years old. Building the Temple to permanently house the Ark of the Covenant was essential. The wealth of Israel enabled them to build such impressive structures that people, such as the Queen of Sheba, came to marvel at the wonder of it all.
Had this initial recognition of Solomon’s need for divine guidance continued, the future would have been very different for Solomon’s descendants. But forsaking spiritual purity for business expediency led to spiritual poverty; compromise with the evil practices of surrounding nations eventually led to national disintegration.
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Lord God, there’s a very serious lesson here for me to learn. Please grant me not only wisdom I pray, but also a consistency of purpose to be spiritually pure, to live a life of holiness, every day, in every way. I ask these mercies in the Name of the One who always did that, Jesus, Himself. Amen!!!!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
Each year, as the Crossroads Ministry sponsors a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, I have placed written prayer requests in between the great stones at the world famous Wailing Wall. Notice the papers in the cracks in the picture below. God willing, Ron, Ann, Norma-Jean and I will do the same this November. I ask my fellow bloggers to consider coming with us if it is possible (click here for information on the tour). Write your own prayers on paper and, as the custom is, place them in the Wall. Also I will take requests with me and place them for you if you cannot come yourself. You’ll have to use what the younger generations call “snail mail.” Believe it or not, Canada Post and the U.S. Postal Service still works. Send your letter with your instructions to me. Write on the envelope: “Personal to David Mainse and Crossroads, Box 5100, Burlington, Ontario, Canada, L7R 4M2”. I need to say that this act of placing prayer requests in the Wall does not necessarily make our prayers more effective, but like fasting when we pray, it underlines the fervency with which we desire God’s will in our individual lives and in the lives of those for whom we pray. If this is done, we need to prioritize our requests and reduce them to perhaps two or three at the most on a small piece of paper. A letter-size sheet is too big to go into the cracks. Of course, I commit to praying with you in my early morning prayer time.
Yours because I believe, like Solomon, that there is a personal God who hears and answers prayer,