I love Solomon’s prayer when he dedicated the temple to God once it was completed. Full of passion, his body language denoted humility before an almighty God. I find myself falling on my knees and raising my hands in prayer more often these days – probably an act of surrender acknowledging to God that more and more I need Him in my life.
Solomon had made a bronze platform five cubits long, five cubits wide, and three cubits high, and had set it in the court; and he stood on it. Then he knelt on his knees in the presence of the whole assembly of Israel, and spread out his hands toward heaven. – 2 Chronicles 6:13
Over the years, my “prayer batting average” is pretty low. I have prayed for the salvation of people who have not gotten saved. I have prayed for the restoration of sinning Christians, who have not repented and been restored. I have prayed for the reconciliation of many Christian marriages that have broken up. I have prayed for physical healing for those in need and they have not been healed. You would think that I might just give up. I did once, when I was fourteen, and God showed up so tangibly that I will never lose my confidence that He is working everything out in His own time.
And this is the boldness we have in him, that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. – 1 John 5:14
I am still learning today the same lessons I did then as I face different situations in my life. I still cry, still tell Him what bothers me and I have given God exactly what He needs to do to solve the problem – oops – He still is ignoring my solutions.
O Lord, how long shall I cry for help, and you will not listen? Or cry to you “Violence!” and you will not save? – Habakkuk 1:1
I know there is a temptation for me to abuse prayer, to fake it and to tell everyone how pious I am in my prayer walk. Pretty sure I have not fallen to the level of the scribes in Jesus’ time.
They devour widows’ houses and for the sake of appearance say long prayers. They will receive the greater condemnation. – Luke 20:47
Father, as I kneel before You with my outstretched arms, I do it knowing that as I come before You, it is to acknowledge that You reign in my life. I yield my life before You and as Solomon consecrated the temple, I consecrate myself to You again this day. As Jesus taught us to pray – I acknowledge You as my Father – I worship You today. Be glorified in my life. If that comes through answered prayer – that would be a blessing and encouragement to me – if it comes from Your hand another way, I am so thankful that You are still listening to me. For Yours is the Kingdom, the power and the glory for ever – Amen.