October 19 A Temple for His Presence

Scripture Reading: 2 Chronicles 7:12–18

Key Verse: 2 Chronicles 7:15

My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to prayer made in this place.

Solomon had just completed the construction of the temple. Sacrifices were made to God along with a commitment to follow the Lord all the days of his life. God was pleased, and in 2 Chronicles, He acknowledged Solomon’s devotion: “My eyes shall be open and My ears attentive to the prayer offered in this place” (2 Chron. 7:15 nasb).

In her book Adventures in Prayer, Catherine Marshall declared,

God insists that we pray, not because He needs to know our situation, but because we need the spiritual discipline of asking. Similarly, making our requests specific forces us to take a step forward in faith.

The reason many of us retreat into vague generalities when we pray is not because we think too highly of God, but because we think too little. If we pray for something definite and our request is not granted, we fear to lose the little faith we had. So we fall back on the safe route of highly “spiritual” prayers—the kind that Jesus brushed aside as not true prayer at all, just self-deceptive “talking to ourselves.”

As Solomon stepped back and viewed the glory of the temple of God, he was struck with the awesome reality of God’s presence all about him. The shekinah glory of God literally filled the place.

When you pray, allow God to expose the true devotion of your heart. Ask Him to cleanse you and make you a temple fit for His presence.

Master, expose the true devotion of my heart. Cleanse me and make me a temple fit for Your presence.[1]

 

[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 306). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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