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2 Chronicles 6:12-42

Solomon's prayer to dedicate the Temple isn't a prayer that I've paid much attention to in the past. For whatever reason, I had never really stopped to consider it too carefully. So I spent some time reading and re-reading this prayer and thinking about Solomon, his actions and what was taking place here. The first words out of Solomon's mouth caught my attention and set the tone for the whole passage. "O Lord, God of Israel, there is no God like you in heaven or on earth..." (verse 14). Yes, Solomon was dedicating the Temple, but his words revealed a heart dedicated to God as well.

So how can we make sure our hearts and prayers reflect an attitude of "there is no God like you"? What will you say to God today that will let Him know just how much He means to you? Tami W.

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Vs 14 "and said, "O LORD, God of Israel, there is no God like you, in heaven or on earth, keeping covenant and showing steadfast love to your servants who walk before you with all their heart"

The later part "your servants who walk before You with all their heart" tells us a whole heart has to be in our prayers and devotion to the Lord. Earlier this morning I was looking at Noah - a man who " walked" with God Gen 6:8,9. These 2 saints had their entire hearts "in tune" with God's heart, and we need to do likewise!

2 Chronicles 6:18 “But will God indeed dwell with man on the earth? Behold, eheaven and the highest heaven cannot contain you, how much less this house that I have built!

What is meant in this verse by "heaven and the highest heaven"?

Tami, you ask how can we make sure our heart and prayers reflect an attitude of "there is no God like You"? This week Dr. Kroll has taken us through the the prayers of Daniel, Stephen and today He will take us through Solomon's prayer. Like you, I never paid much attention to Solomon's prayer. I have paid attention to Daniel's and King Hezekiah's prayers and I think we must keep referring to these prayers and learn from them. Our world, our nations must pray from the heart, the soul and the mind, the way these persons in their day prayed with reverence, love and gratitude. When we say the Lord's Prayer He has taught us, the words should flow from our heart and soul. We should not just say it because He taught it to us. We have to say it with conviction, with love, true repentance and forgiveness.

There is ONLY ONE God, our Creator who created the heavens and the earth and all that is therein. The God who is always faithful, who never changes. The God who loves us so much that this love cannot be measured. Our God who is slow to chide but quick to bless. To make sure that our hearts and prayers reflect an attitude that there is NO other God, we have to get to know Him better and better each day and we can only do this if we keep in His Word.
I pray that our nation will come back to prayer and praise and that God will hear us and see the love and care in our hearts.

Our hearts and prayers will reflect an attitude of "there is no God like You" when we keep reminding ourselves of the things God has done for us, when we place Him above every other thing.
My words to God: Father You are all I have in this world. You are the Alpha and Omega, the First and the Last i can never do without You, You are the life i live, You are the treasure in my heart. You are my wealth, You are my salvation, my faith and hope is built on You. You are the strength i have to live each day, Help me to live everyday for You for You deserve it. Father all the words in the world are not enough for me to express how much You mean to me but i want You to know that this; I LOVE YOU.

Tami, as i read the passage, the first thing that jumped out at me, was the fact that God knows our heart, and the intentions of our heart. THen i look at the sincerity and nakedness of Solomon's prayer.It was completely 'down to earth', no beating around the bush, yet fully mindful of the awesome greatness of God.

But i cant help but think about the fact that after seemingly so sold out to God, that Solomon messes up himself down the road. I guest it goes back to the passage, " oh wretched man that i am".

Another point that comes alive is the significance of God's house. The place we call Church, is no ordinary place, it is the HOuse of GOd. Look back over the passage and tell me, if the reality of the outstandingness of God's HOuse,the church does not come alive in your spirit.

Today I sang to Him "God of the Ages" by Charles Billingsley. I would encourage you to make this the prayer of your heart and listen to it at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D6WXQREP7oA&feature=related .

I love the prayer, but find it a little ironic that someone as wise as Solomon would sucumb to marrying strange women that worshipped other gods. Solomon would eventually return to fearing God and keeping His commandments, but at such a cost. In my life, I find comfort in the lives of David and Solomon knowing that God forgives our sins. He wants to have a close relationship with us, but in order for that to happen we need to love God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength.

I like what Simone says above -- How could solomon with so much wisdom fall? 'I guess it goes back to the passage, " oh wretched man that i am".' I actually find comfort in that andalso wisdom. I ask myself: How can I praise God more and admit my sins daily so I will not Fall by my own pride? Did Solomon fall off in this area? How was he 'wooed' perhaps by the flattery of women to make a bad choice in wives? Am I wooed by flattery and inflate my ego, as if any good thing I do is by accident or by my own hand?

I had a customer yell at me yesterday who I thought was a Christian. As I pray for this individual and my next interaction I think of how they might have been derailed off their walk. Are they being derailed by their work environment.

Pray for me as I seek a more amiable audience with this individual today!

What jumped out to me were verses 32-33. Solomon is praying for Gentiles who know God. I admit I don't everything in the Bible, but this is the first time I've seen a pray for Gentiles in the Old Testament.

Anne, Thanks for sharing. I'll pray for you. Tami W.

Such great comments. This is actually one of my favorite passages of scripture. I can really visualize Solomon praying. I just wanted to add a "yeah and amen" to a couple of comments. Yes, it's good to remind ourselves of things God has done for us in the past. This will help us keep Him on the throne of our hearts. David (King Solomon's dad) was good about this. God knows our hearts. Our daily life and attitude should reflect who is in charge.

Knowing God is One yet 3 distinct pesons is a heart throb and comfort I can only describe as PEACE. But try to explain that to my Muslim friend...well I know it is a matter of heart and Spirit. I know we won't agree on many things but without knowing God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit I wouldn't be nearly half the person and child of God I want to be.
I need to pray for and ask forgiveness for the lost because God can and will open their heart and mind when we pray for them. Please pray with me. There are so many lost in my life.

I really appreciate God for leting Tami bring out this. I tell you the only one to reverence and dedicate one's life to is God. Whether anyone likes it or not,God is the only one, none can take His place or glory. It is a settled case. To me,nothing is more than dedicating my life to God. I will live the remaining days of my life for Him, no compromise.

Sonya,

The word "heaven" actually can refer to three different areas. There is "heaven" in the sense of the air around us. Matthew 6:26 says, "Look at the birds of the air (the word used there is the same as "heaven")...." When the Bible speaks of a "new heaven and a new earth" (Rev. 21:1), this is probably the heaven being referred to. But the word "heaven" is also used to refer to that place where the stars and planets exist (we would call it "outer space"). Mark 13:25 says "The stars of heaven will fall.... " And then there is the "heaven" that indicates the place where God dwells. Mark 16:19 says: "So then, after the Lord had spoken to them, He was received up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God."

Allen, Biblical Correspondent at Back to the Bible

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