Introduction: A key idea in today’s Sunday School material is that Solomon prays for God to hear the prayers of His people. Prayerfully, we will be challenged to pray and trust God to hear and answer our prayers, as He sees fit.
Read II Chronicles 6:12-13
I. Solomon’s Preparation. In our Sunday School material, Solomon is preparing to pray to the Lord. He is standing on a bronze platform. He is positioned before the people with outspreaded hands.
- Our prayer lives. Notice in vss. 12-13 that King Solomon bows and spreads his hands open. Bowing is a sign of humility and respect. Some speculate that the spreading of hands resembles a young child wanting to be picked up. Passages like this make us wonder about our posture in prayer.
Perhaps we should make sure that we don’t get so focused on our posture that we ignore the content of our praying and our commitment to obeying the God to whom we are praying. Whether we kneel or stand in prayer, we should make sure that we offer some adoration, confession, thanksgiving, and supplication in our prayer lives (ACTS).
We should strive to understand and obey God’s will. Let’s work on our prayer lives.
Read II Chronicles 6:14-21
II. Solomon’s Prayer. Solomon’s prayer, in our Sunday School material, acknowledges God’s greatness and faithfulness. He wants God to bless him as David’s successor. He wants God to show attention to the Temple and the prayers of God’s people. He wants God to forgive His people, when they pray toward the Temple.
- None like God. Notice in vs. 14 the mention that there is no god like our God. God is described as a covenant keeper to those who obey Him.
First, there is truly no god like our God. God’s power, love, and wisdom are unmatched in the entire universe. Second, God is a covenant and promise keeper. God will bless and punish as He has promised.
Third, God’s promises of blessings are highly influenced by our level of obedience. We should make sure that we are saved through Christ and striving to love God with all that we have and loving others, as we love ourselves. Let’s live like God is really in a category by Himself. This kind of living should focus on obeying God.
- Succession planning. Notice in vs. 16 that there was a concern with the successor of David. In like manner, our churches and businesses would do well to have succession plans.
There needs to be a plan for what to do when the current leader is no longer the leader. This application calls for wise systems and policies that allow leaders to lead without allowing them to abuse. Let’s seek God’s wisdom about succession planning.
- God’s house. Notice in vss. 18-20 that the Temple was not designed to house God. God is too big for that.
The Temple was a place where God’s name was assigned. It was a place of prayer. In like manner, our church houses are not where God lives. God is too big for that. However, God’s name and presence should be assigned and experienced in our church houses.
This calls for believers treating the church house with the respect that it deserves. Let’s work on treating God’s house with respect.
This idea includes not only keeping the church house in good operating order and clean, but it also means speaking and behaving in ways that bring glory to God. We should remember that God is in our church business meetings. He is listening to what we whisper to others. And He sees what we text or say in our notes to others.
- Pray regularly. Notice in vs. 20 that Solomon wanted the Lord to attend to the Temple prayers day and night, which implies some prayers were going up in the day and during the night. We should remember I Thessalonians 5:17’s call for us to pray without ceasing. We don’t have to do all our praying in the church house.
On one hand, we should do some praying in our home and during our day. But on the other hand, there should be a significant amount of praying going on in the church house. Worship, Bible studies, small group activities, and special prayer services are steps in the right direction. Let’s pray regularly.
- Everyone praying for forgiveness. Notice in vs. 21 that both the King and the people were expected to pray. And God is being asked to forgive the sins of His people.
First, every believer should pray regularly. Leaders, helpers, and followers should be known for praying. Second, we should strive to obey God’s will, so we will have nothing to forgive.
Third, when we sin, we should quickly seek God’s forgiveness, instead of acting like nothing happened. Let’s work on everyone praying and seeking forgiveness, as needed.
Conclusion: Let’s work on praying and trusting God to hear
and answer our prayers, as He sees fit. God has much for those who obey His