The Temple’s complete and the Ark’s resting in its place of honor. What a glorious day for the chosen people of God. In celebration King Solomon prays a prayer of dedication. There’s much to consider in his prayer. For today let’s focus on 1 Kings 8:33-34 and 46-53. (I have not included the whole passage due to space limitations – I encourage you to read all of the passage). Solomon prays, “When your people Israel have been defeated by an enemy because they have sinned against you, and when they turn back to you and confess your name, praying and making supplication… then hear from heaven and forgive the sin of your people…. And if they turn back to you with all their heart and soul in the land of their enemies who took them captive… then from Heaven your dwelling place, hear their prayer and their plea and cause their conquerors to show them mercy; ….”
From history we know the Israelites turned their back on God and as a result found themselves in captivity in Babylon. For many years they were scattered throughout numerous cities. They eventually confess their sin and turn back towards God. Merciful and forgiving God full of grace, forgave them; once again freeing them from captivity.
Place yourself in the later years of captivity recognizing your sin and turning to God and experiencing His deliverance first hand – – – – only to learn many generations and years earlier a great and wise king prayed for the very circumstance where you now find yourself. What would you think? How would you feel?
Many years ago when I considered tracing my family tree I discovered my great-great-grandfather was a Christian. Since none of my family are believers I found this exciting; even if it was several generations earlier. I remember, vividly, calling a friend sharing my joyful news and saying, “Just think … just think, my great-great-grandfather may have prayed for his future generations to come to know the Lord. Me, me, he could have prayed for me! His prayers may be the reason I, his great-great-granddaughter, became a follower of Christ”. Wow, just imagine!
The generations of Israel had no need to wonder, as the prayer of Solomon has been preserved for all generations past, present and future.
Are you praying for your future generations? As the saying goes, “Couldn’t Hurt” 🙂
Until next time,