A Model Prayer of Faith - My Daily Bread!
Our call to prayer is taken from 1 Kings 8: 56-61, NIV. It is the blessing that King Solomon pronounced over the assembly of Israel during the dedication of the Temple in Jerusalem. In his blessing he prayed for the people; his words are an inspiration to us today and a model of how we should bring our petitions before the Lord.
“Praise be to the Lord, who has given rest to His people Israel just as he promised. No one word has failed of all the good promises he made through His servant Moses. May the Lord our God be with us as He was with our fathers; may He never leave us nor forsake us. May He turn our hearts to Him, to walk in all His ways and to keep the commands, decrees and regulations he gave our fathers. And may these words of mine, which I have prayed before the Lord, be near to the Lord our God day and night, that He may uphold the cause of His people Israel according to each days need, so that all the peoples of the earth may know that the Lord is God and that there is no other. But your hearts must be fully committed to the Lord our God, to live by His decrees and obey His commands, as at this time”.
The beauty of Solomon’s prayer is a testimony to the unchanging nature of our Great God! It mirrors elements of what Christ taught His disciples to pray for centuries later and encompasses key elemental truths about our faith which are presented in the form of requests. Christ’s prayer is found in Matthew 6: 9-13, NIV, and relevant passages are included below in brackets. The key truths that we hold dear to our hearts as Christians are underlined.
First Solomon praises God for allowing them to enter into His rest and for His faithfulness. (Hallowed be thy name) Then he asked for His presence to be evident and that God never leave them nor forsake them.
Secondly he asked the Lord to place in their hearts the desire to do His will in all things, acknowledging that they were not able to draw close to God of their own accord. (Thy will be done on earth)
Thirdly, he asked God to be a hearer of their prayers and to meet their daily needs. (Give us today our daily bread)
Finally he asked that the Kingdom of God be spread throughout the earth so that all would know who the Lord is. (Thy kingdom come – the Gospel message proclaimed)
What joy we have Saints in knowing that our God is the same today as yesterday! This gives us the courage and strength to hold on to His unchanging hand as we approach His throne with reverence and awe, singing Holy! Holy! Holy! Lord God Almighty, we praise You our Sovereign Lord and King!
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