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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

House of Prayer (2 Chronicles 6:20-21)

 "May your eyes be open toward this temple day and night, this place of which you said you would put your Name there. May you hear the prayer your servant prays toward this place. Hear the supplications of your servant and of your people Israel when they pray toward this place. Hear from Heaven, your dwelling place; and when you hear, forgive."

There are two things that make the temple in Israel a special place: the presence of God and the prayers of His people. This temple was God's dwelling place on earth and prayer is the response of God's people to God's presence. Prayer and the presence of God should be synonymous. Could it be then, that prayerlessness in the house of God today witnesses to the lack of the manifest presence of God?

Crowds of believers flock to the church house to hear famous Christian artists and speakers; few, however, come through those same doors when they are opened expressly for the purpose of prayer. Trouble, oppression, famine and drought all cause people to cry out to God. What will it take for the house of God to again become a house of prayer?

Questions for today's Chronological Bible reading:
2 Chronicles 6:1-7:3; 1Kings 8:22-61
  • What does the completion of the temple teach Solomon and the children of Israel about God?
  • Review Exodus 25:8-9. Why is having a temple crucial to the spiritual life of Israel?
  • Read Luke 19:46 and Matthew 21:13. What activity should characterize temple life?
  • List the seven conditions given in Solomon's prayer which should draw people to God in prayer. What typically draws people to pray?
  • What reason does Solomon give for foreigners being drawn to Israel from distant lands?
  • How do most churches today account for their time?
Turning truth into prayer
Ask the Lord to help you to become a person of prayer and to help your church become a praying church.