Day 86 of 240 Days Bible Reading Group 3947 2 Chronicles 7 to 11
🍇Simple thoughts for
💫 deeper meditation
2 Chronicles: 9: 8 "Blessed be the Lord thy God,which delighted in thee to set thee on this throne, to be king. ----"
The queen of Sheba came to check whether the reports that came to her about Solomon were true. What she saw and heard overwhelmed her. She realized that the extent of Solomon's wisdom and wealth were no match for the reports.
⚡ The queen of Sheba praised the God of Israel when she saw and heard Solomon. Jesus reminded the people that this queen
would judge those who did not need to Him as He was the perfect son of God, far greater than Solomon. The queen acted upon what she heard. She personally checked and found that there was still so much that was not told.
⚡ There are hearts ready to receive the gospel and someone must take it to them. What do we do with our knowledge about God and His son Jesus Christ? It is written " For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed; and how shall they believe in whom they have not heard?, and how shall they hear without a preacher ? And how shall they preach except they be sent ? (Romans: 10: 13-15)
⚡ If we have seen the greatness of Jesus who is greater than Solomon, and accepted him as our Saviour we should preach the gospel to those who have not heard it. The basic principle of evangelization is " to go" or "to send".
The message of Rev. C. V. Abraham, posted yesterday should be an eye-opener for all of us.
⚡ The queen of Sheba received much more than what she expected from Solomon.
🔥Remember, God is the giver of all good gifts. The greatest gift we can receive from Him is the salvation and eternal life.
The Bible says, " What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no mind has conceived, the things God has prepared for those who love Him" (1 Corinthians: 2:9, 10)
Have you accepted the greatest gift He offered ?
Dr. Thomas David.🎯
This is what the lord says Do not go up to fight against your brothers.Go home ,every one of you for this is My doing 2 chron11:4
Rehoboam refuses to lighten his father's heavy tax burden of the people and so the 10 tribes revolted and set up Jeroboam as their king of Israel of the northern kingdom.
The other 2 tribes Judah and Benjamin remained loyal to David's line and accepted Rehoboam 's rule. They called their nation Judah of the Southern kingdom.
Rehoboam's foolishness divided his kingdom and he tried reunite it by force. It is overruled by prophet Shemaiah not to fight because this division was of God. So Rehoboam and his followers obeyed God and did not fight against Jeroboam and kept their peace.
This turn of events was the will of God. It fulfilled lord's message to Jeroboam thro' prophet Ahijah(1kings 11:31)
God directs people and events to fulfill His purposes in history. He always has a purpose and is working out according to His will.
Obedience to God brought brought positive results for Rehoboam. He fortified cities to defend Judah loyal citizens migrated to his territory.
God preserved David's line and kept intact His plan for the Messiah to be a descendant of David. Only God knows the future .He may allow a division in order to fulfill His greater purposes.
Lord we thank You that You are in control of everything and You know our future.Help us not to lean on our understanding but be obedient to the word of God.even if it is contrary to earthly values.Let Your will be done in our lives. In Jesus mighty Name.Amen
IF MY PEOPLE…
Even as we read these beautiful accounts of the Temple and the glory of Solomon’s kingdom, it is important to remember that they had been written (most probably by Ezra) in the midst of Jerusalem’s ruins, after he had returned from Babylon.
God had spoken through Isaiah & Jeremiah of the fall of Jerusalem & Babylon, AND the rise of Cyrus. [Rf Is 39:5-7, Is 21:9, Is 45:1-7, Jer 50-51, Jer 30:8-11]
Ezra had witnessed the fulfilment of these prophecies in his lifetime. Jerusalem & Babylon fall. A king named Cyrus DID come to power as God had spoken, and Cyrus DID help the Israelites. A remnant DID return to Israel just as God had promised through various prophets.
🔑 Faith is built up as we treasure God’s words and watch Him fulfilling His word/promises. Faith looks past the ruins to see a God whose living & active Word is birthing new things.
God had promised:
💎🔑If My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves, pray, seek [bâqash = petition, request] me, and turn from their evil ways, then I WILL HEAR their prayer from heaven, forgive their sins, and heal their country. [2Ch 7:14]
🔑In Babylon they HAD repented of their sins (and the sins of their ancestors) and God HAD heard them, and had brought them back to their land. [Rf Neh 1:4-11, Dan 9:3-19]
🔑 Though Jerusalem was in ruins, the very fact that they were back in Jerusalem was proof that God never spoke an idle word. He had promised to heal their land… He would DO it. What He had begun, He would complete. [Rf Is 55:11, Ps 12:6, Phi 1:6, 2 Cr 1:20]
I had the privilege of meeting a lady whose father had been the pastor of an underground church in Leipzig, East Germany in the Communist Era. Gorbachev was president of USSR. The believers had started praying around the clock, holding candlelight vigils… the authorities ordered the soldiers to fire on them… but the soldiers laid down their arms and refused to fire… some even joined the people in praying… Not long afterwards the Berlin Wall came down.
🔑The power was not in the words of the people. The power was in the humility & repentance with which they cried out to God. The power is in the GOD who HEARS & ANSWERS.
Last year we were reading through these very passages from Chronicles on the day when the Spire of Notre-Dame collapsed in flames. All the glorious man-made structures will one day turn to ash or rubble, but the Word of the Lord endures forever.
💎 He has promised: Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low; the uneven ground shall become level, and the rough places a plain. And the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together, for the MOUTH OF THE LORD HAS SPOKEN. [Is 40:4-5]
💎 Solomon declared, "Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel, who with His hand has fulfilled what He promised with His mouth …” [2Ch 6:4, 10, 15]
💎 God has promised: “Ask of Me, and I will make the nations your heritage, and the ends of the earth your possession”. [Ps 2:8]
💎 Jesus promised: “Ask, and it will be given to you” [Mt 7:7]
💎 Are we asking?
💎 Are we seeking?
💎 Are we humbling ourselves in repentance & turning away from our wicked ways?
Holy Spirit, please ignite our hearts, burning away all apathy & pride. Help us to humble ourselves in repentance. Stir up our hearts to seek You and walk with You in paths of righteousness. Open our eyes to see as You see. Teach us Lord to pray in accordance with the Father’s will. In Jesus Name. Amen.
2 Chronicles 8:11 "And Solomon brought up the daughter of Pharoah out of the city of David. ...."
🔹Solomon's marriage to Pharoah's daughter was contrary to God's law. (Deut 17:17, Exodus 34:16)
🔹Though Solomon was dedicated to building the temple and keeping many of God's statutes, this marriage shows that he failed to submit every area of his life to God's rule.
🔹Failure to resist his strongest temptation eventually resulted in his ruin; thus he had left a vital area of his life open to Satan.
🔹Satan needs only one uncommitted or unresolved area of the believer's life to gain a foothold and lead him or her away from God.
Points to ponder
▶Are we able to identify the unresolved area in our lives capable of giving an in road to the enemy?
▶What is our response after we have identified that?
▶Are we prepared for serious spiritual warfare against the enemy or do we procrastinate?
Loving heavenly Father
We thank you for your word. Help us to be receptive to the conviction of the Holy Spirit. If we are able to identify the weak zones in our lives and help us to humbly submit that to you because it is only you who can deliver us from our weaknesses.
Thank you Lord.
In Jesus name
⛪ The Dedication of the Temple ⛪
When Solomon had finished his prayer of dedication fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offerings and sacrifices. The glory of the Lord filled the temple. When the musical instruments were playing the people shouted His love endures forever. The dedication of the temple was for 7 days and the festival for 7 more days.
📋 The Lord appears to Solomon 📋
The Lord said, If my people humble themselves pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways I will hear, forgive their sins and heal the land. The Lord said that he has chosen and consecrated the temple so that His name will be there forever. God warned him that if he turned and forsook the commandments of the Lord to serve and worship Him he will uproot Israel and reject the temple.
📋 The Queen of Sheba 📋
The Queen of Sheba had heard of the greatness of Solomon. So she came to test him with hard questions. Solomon answered all her questions with ease. She was overwhelmed to see the splendor of the temple and palace and said that not half of his glory was told her. She had brought a great amount of gifts for Solomon.
The Chronicler generally omits references to sad happenings. In Solomon's life also he has omitted the accounts of of Solomon's wives and the rebellions at the end of his reign. Solomon's reign lasted for 40 years and he rested with his fathers and was buried in city of David.
📋 A Lesson to Learn 📋
Solomon was blessed tremendously by God and there was no one on earth as wealthy and wise as Solomon. Together with the blessing CAME THE WARNING TOO!! Some times we are carried away with God's blessings. All our concentration is on the blessing and we completely FORGET THE GIVER. Let us take the warning NEVER to forget our Giver but always remember to be extremely thankful to Him and worship Him for His goodness and obey all His commands.
Mrs Caroline Chellappa 📝
2 Chronicles 7:14 “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land."
After Solomon dedicated the temple,the Lord appeared to him and gave him some warnings and reassurances.
📍 “IF MY PEOPLE, WHICH ARE CALLED BY MY NAME...”
🔥 God is speaking, He is addressing His people.
🔥 God directs the people to do certain things.
“If” you will do your part, “then” He will do His part.
🔥 Look at the problems in our country, around where we stay; we always want to blame at someone else.
👉 But God says the source of all problems is His house, the church.
👉 Our God is expecting us to listen to Him, to look into His Word for direction, and to live in according to His perception. .
So many are running around, thinking that they are real Christians, but they really are not.
👉Bible says, "Examine yourselves
👉 “Test yourselves”, as to whether you are in the faith.
❓❓ Do we really have Jesus Christ in us?
Many of us put a good performance at church. we say all the right things.
But ❓❓ are we living a life that is how a Christian ought to live?
We need a spiritual awakening; It must starts with you and me.
The Lord asks four things of His people to find renewal.
🔻 HUMBLE THEMSELVES
🔻 SEEK MY FACE
🔻 TURN FROM THEIR WICKED WAYS
📍 When we humble ourselves, we are literally saying to God, you are in control of my life.
When we humble ourselves before God we are allowing Him to mold us to His will and allowing Him to control our life.
📍📍 Prayer is the foundation to have a deeper connection to God. Our God desires that we should spend time with him. Prayer brings amazing changes that happen in us.
📍📍📍 To seek something from God means to first have the deep desire to see Him and then actively try to pursue it.
But once we see His face, we can His holiness and love.
📍📍..📍 Come closer to God, then we can see His love and mercy that pardon of all of our sins. This is where God wants to bring us.
📍📍..📍 “And turn from their wicked ways” means “Repent”.
Revival will never happen until we recognize our wrong doing and confess.
“Time is short”
🔥 Be on our knees;
🔥 Humble ourselves;
🔥 Seek His face and 🔥 repent..
🌸 Jooley Mathew 🌸
🔥🔥The day God filled the house🔥🔥
2 Chronicles 5:13-14 The trumpeters and musicians joined in unison to give praise and thanks to the Lord. Accompanied by trumpets, cymbals and other instruments, the singers raised their voices in praise to the Lord and sang:
“He is good; his love endures forever.”
Then the temple of the Lord was filled with the cloud, 14 and the priests could not perform their service because of the cloud, for the glory of the Lord filled the temple of God.
Our text gives us the exciting account of the dedication of Solomon’s temple. This temple was the fulfillment of a promise made by God to King David. David had desired to build a permanent dwelling place for the ark of God, but was denied the privilege of doing so because he was a man of war. However, God promised David that He would give him a son who would build a magnificent temple unto the Lord. That son of course, was Solomon.
As we enter into Second Chronicles, chapter five, the temple has been completed, and preparations are being made for its dedication. Solomon orders all the treasures dedicated by his father, David, as well as the instruments to be used in the service of the temple to be moved from the tabernacle to their new place in the temple.
This was a solemn occasion indeed. Israel had never known a stationary place of worship. For years they had known only the portable tent called the tabernacle. It was a constant reminder of Israel’s wilderness wanderings. However, that was all about to change.
Solomon’s temple, due to the fact it was a permanent structure, implied that God had established His people in the land of promise, never to wander again. When the temple was dedicated, the Lord demonstrated His approval in a most exciting way.
2 Chronicles 5:6 “Also king Solomon, and all the congregation of Israel that were assembled unto him before the ark, sacrificed sheep and oxen, which could not be told nor numbered for multitude.”
These sacrificial animals represented the best the worshippers had to offer. They were being offered to the Lord in worship and adoration. Worshippers of today are not required to sacrifice animals in order to worship God. They are commanded by God to sacrifice something far more valuable—their whole person. Paul said, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service” (Rom. 12:1). Without getting into all of the theology involved in this verse, let it suffice to say that Paul is advocating that the child of God make a full surrender to the Lord. In essence, we are to give God the sacrifices of our time, energy, talents, and even our finances for His service.
The Ark Is Placed In The Temple’s Oracle.
2 Chronicles 5:7 “And the priests brought in the ark of the covenant of the Lord unto his place, to the oracle of the house, into the most holy place, even under the wings of the cherubims:”
The Ark of the Covenant was the physical symbol of the presence and power of God among His people. The lid of the ark was called the mercy seat. It was there, between the wings of the cherubim, that God’s glory appeared once a year, on the Day of Atonement, and communed with the high priest, and rolled back Israel’s sins for one more year.
Exodus 25:22 “And there I will meet with thee, and I will commune with thee from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubims which are upon the ark of the testimony, of all things which I will give thee in commandment unto the children of Israel.”
The word “oracle” is “…a technical term for the most holy place.” The most holy place, or the Holy of Holies, as we know it, was the focal point of the temple. Every ceremony performed in the temple would have its ultimate confirmation in the Holy of Holies.
Just as the Ark, representative of God’s presence and power, was returned to its revered place in the Holy of Holies, even so, must we be careful to keep the Lord as the central focus of all we do in God’s house. We must do nothing that would grieve His holy presence.
God Was Praised With Music.
2 Chronicles 5:11 “And it came to pass, when the priests were come out of the holy place: (for all the priests that were present were sanctified, and did not then wait by course: 12 Also the Levites which were the singers, all of them of Asaph, of Heman, of Jeduthun, with their sons and their brethren, being arrayed in white linen, having cymbals and psalteries and harps, stood at the east end of the altar, and with them an hundred and twenty priests sounding with trumpets:)”
Everyone was involved in enthusiastic praise to God.
God Was Praised For His Goodness And Mercy.
2 Chronicles 5:13 “It came even to pass, as the trumpeters and singers were as one, to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the Lord; and when they lifted up their voice with the trumpets and cymbals and instruments of music, and praised the Lord, saying, For he is good; for his mercy endureth forever: that then the house was filled with a cloud, even the house of the Lord;”
We need to praise God today for His goodness and mercy toward us. God deserves our praise simply because He hasn’t dealt with us according to what we deserve.
Psalm 103:10 “He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.”
Lamentations 3:22 “It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.”
We need to praise God today for the great salvation He has granted through faith in Christ.
Romans 8:5 “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners Christ died for us
GOD REVEALED HIS RIGHTEOUS PRESENCE
2 Chronicles 5:13c “…then the house was filled with a cloud, even the house of the Lord;”
This cloud was none other than the Great glory of God. This was the same cloud of God’s presence and power that appeared to the Israelites in their wilderness wanderings (Ex. 13:21, 22).
The Lord’s Presence Was Overwhelming.
2 Chronicles 5:14 “So that the priests could not stand to minister by reason of the cloud: for the glory of the Lord had filled the house of God.”
Do you know what this verse says to me? It tells me that when God filled the house, the man-made order of service went right out the window. We need to be careful to leave room for God to do something different from what we’ve planned. God’s order needs to be our only order of service.
United we stand, divided we fall! (2 Chronicles 10: 1-19).
😔In this chapter we read of a very sad thing that happened in the history of Israel... its division into two.
The northern 10 tribes broke their allegiance to David and separated from Judah and Benjamin.
Though there had been internal fights going on among the tribes earlier (Judges 8: 1-3,Judges 12: 1-3, Judges 20) there was no permanent rift between them.
💔 But sadly during Rehoboam's period the nation of Israel was divided into two..
Ten northern tribes comprised Israel and the remaining two Judah.
This division occurred primarily because of...
1🔥 Solomon's pride.
Solomon introduced heavy taxation and subjected his people to forced labor. He employed them to build palaces for himself, for his heathen wife and also for building many towns. Because of this he made the lives of his people miserable. (2 Chronicles 10: 4).
2🔥 Rehoboam's arrogance.
Solomon 's son Rehoboam ignored the advice of the experienced counselors of his father who had been very supportive to his father. Instead he listened to his young friends and answered rudely to his people who approached him for his favor..
He forgot the proverb, "A gentle answer turns away wrath but a harsh word sirs up anger."
pride arrogance, jealousy and hatred are some of the qualities which are dominating the churches today because of which there are lots of divisions among Christians.
Paul writes to the church of Corinth," I appeal to to you brothers in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ... that there may be no divisions among you and that you may be perfectly united in mind and thought. ( 1 Corinthians 1:10).
Let us then put on the love of Christ that binds us all together in perfect harmony. (Colossians 3:14).
Posture of Worship - 2 Chronicles 7:3
"When all the people of Israel saw the fire come down and the glory of the Lord on the temple, they bowed down on the pavement with their faces to the ground, and worshiped and gave thanks to the Lord, saying, 'For he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever.' "
Today's scripture reflection speaks about how the people responded to God's physical presence in the temple. Solomon had offered sacrifices to the Lord and made a prayer of dedication of the temple.
We often go to church services and worship the Lord. We also pray at home and worship there. Do we have the attitude of honouring God in our midst?
The Israelites of the old Testament saw many manifestations of the Lord and so they responded correctly whenever God showed himself. This includes:
- Righteous fear of the Lord.
- Accepted what God told them to do.
- Bowed down in reverence and out of holy fear
We, as people of the new covenant, are temples of God's Holy Spirit and He dwells in us. We meet God in prayer, viz. in personal prayer or community prayer. We know what the Word of God tells us that when 2 or 3 people meet in prayer God is in our midst. We also know that when we have our own personal prayer time, we speak with God who is unseen.
So, during worship / approaching God:
- For those for whom it is possible, do we really, show God the respect He deserves by bowing down with our face to the ground or are we proud in our hearts to sit on a chair and worst with legs crossed.
- Is our posture correct during prayer?
- Do we treat God like someone who suits our needs?
If we are currently behaving like this, do we realize that either we don’t believe He is present or we don’t give Him the respect due.
Dear brethren, our God is not like the gods of the world. He is the creator of all that is alive, on earth and in heaven. If we see from the lives of kings on earth, we see how people give respect when approaching the king. So how much more when we meet God in prayer! It is a privilege, blessing, and a duty to worship God with your whole heart and with all that you have!
The Israelite people’s response to God’s presence is the best one that we can connect to when approaching God in prayer.
May we learn to come before the King of Kings and offer him due respect in our prayer time and community meetings.
Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the LORD our Maker; for He is our God and we are the people of his pasture, the flock under his care. (Psalm 95:6-7)
- 📝 Kevin D'Souza, Mumbai
What makes me muse today is the thought of Solomon's grand, luxurious life, replete in material and spiritual wealth. If we confined our knowledge of Solomon to the account given in Chronicles, we'd think that his life was surely the ultimate. We'd wonder why God changed the criteria for a good life in the New Testament. After all none of Jesus disciples were so blessed materially! They had pretty difficult lives
But of course we know that things were not all so fine for Solomon in the latter days. And that gives plenty of food for further Musing. It seems so inconceivable that anyone with both material and spiritual wealth, who had a front seat view of God's power, and to whom God had spoken personally could ever go astray. And yet Solomon does go astray. The man who asks for wisdom, the man who builds the glorious temple, the man who prays so beautifully at the dedication of the temple... This man ends up doing things despicable to God!
No matter how blessed we are materially and spiritually, the faithful have to be constantly watchful. We just cannot rest on our laurels and forget our enemy who's like a roaring lion, waiting to devour his prey.
In a Nutshell 💎 Precious Promise 💎
Solomon's life was one of grandeur and wealth. The entire world looked at his fame, name, wealth, wisdom and royalty. All eyes turned in astonishment at his untold wisdom and wealth. His reign was the Golden Era for the Israelites.
💎 Often we read that God gives Precious Promises during difficult times. But it is amazing to read about a Precious Promise from God when all was well and when the land and people were blessed with health and wealth. God gave the following promise to Solomon:
📖 If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land (2 Chronicles 7:14)
🔑 This Precious Promise is a Conditional Promise. One has to do the necessary conditions required for God to fulfill the promise. This Precious Promise is Applicable to His People who are Called by His Name and who Seek His Face. The required Criterion is Humility, Repentance and Prayer. And God Promises to Hear, Forgive and Heal.
Now the ball lies in our court.
🔑 Are we washed by the Precious Blood of Jesus so that we are His people, called by His Name and who seek His Face?
🔑 With all humility and repentance from sins, do we look at Him in prayer?
💎 When we Obey the Conditions laid in this Precious Promise, God wil hear our prayers from heaven, forgive our sins and heal our land. He will do the necessary miracles.
God bless us to be channels of blessings.
Mrs Sheela Jebakumar ✍
Everyday Bible Devotion
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🌈 SHALOM 🙏
Blessed to be a Blessing to the Blessed People👨👩👦👦
📖 2CHRONICLES 9:1-12
TASTE and SEE that the LORD is GOOD
Genesis 10:7b says that Sheba is the great grandson of Ham - the son of Noah. Most of the Bible scholars believed that Sheba is either in Ethiopia or Yemen.
🎈The Queen of Sheba , an anonymous woman , came to Jerusalem to meet King Solomon . She had no invitation from Solomon to come and meet him nor any guarantee of being welcomed but she came all the way from her country. She came for the three reasons :
1) She HEARD
~ Solomon's name and fame.
~ Solomon's relationship with the Lord.
~ The fabulous temple and the palace that he had built .
2) She came to TEST
~ Solomon with hard questions
~ God's favour in his life
3) She came for exchange of TRADE and BUSINESS( v 1b , 9 , 12 )
🎈 Solomon answered all her questions because he was blessed with God's Wisdom ✒ 2Chron 1:12 ; 9 : 2
🎈 The Queen of Sheba was overwhelmed to see:
> The wisdom of Solomon
> Temple and the palace that he had built
> Food on his table
> Seating Arrangements for his officials
> Servants/Cupbearers with decent robes
> Offerings etc
🎈 The TESTIMONY that makes the DIFFERENCE
The Queen of Sheba exclaimed , "The report I HEARD in my country.... I did not BELIEVE what they said until I CAME and SAW with my own eyes..." ✒ 2Chron 9: 5--8
🎈 Years after , the Samaritans in the town of Sychar said to the woman , "We no longer believe just because of what you said ; now we have HEARD for ourselves , we KNOW that this man really is THE SAVIOUR OF THE WORLD ". ✒ John 4:42
🎈 Cleopas and his companion said , "Were not our hearts burning within us while HE talked with us .... and opened the Scriptures to us" ✒ Luke 24:32
🎈The Queen of Sheba came and tasted the SECRET of Solomon's name and fame : She recognized that Solomon's wisdom is a GIFT OF GOD , a sign of GOD'S LOVE FOR ISRAEL
✅ We do not know whether the Queen of Sheba was invited by Solomon - the wise man or not but we have Jesus Christ ( who himself is the source of Wisdom ) , who welcomes us to sit at His feet and hear His word. For He said , "Come to me , all you who are weary.... and you will find rest for your souls ". ✒ Matthew 11:28-29
🎈Prophet Isaiah reminds us the Lord's invitation : "Come , all you who are thirsty , come to the waters ; .... Listen to me and eat what is good, and your soul will delight in the richest of fare " ✒ 55 : 1--2b
💕 Beloved , COME.. TASTE..and...SEE.. that the LORD is GOOD.
Glory to God🙏
Mark Boje, ArP🌄
Reflections... 📝Food from my Kitchen Table 🍯🍴
Take a Break with Jesus
Day 86, 240 Days Bible Reading, Monday, 13.1.20.
Pray until you finish Praying...2Chronicles 7:1
🔥At the dedication of the Solomon prayed. The prayer Solomon prayed was neither too short or too long, he prayed until he finished! Can we really finish praying?
When do we finish praying?
We pray through until we lay hold of God and have touched heaven. It is only through sensing by the Holy Spirit that we know we have touched heaven. It doesn't happen overnight. We need to build our prayer life through discipline. We will know in our knower when we have taken hold of what God has for us. We can't limit God to a specific time. We just got to pray through. We can't all become prayer warriors instantly. We need to develop an attitude of prayer.
Let us l👀k closely at 2 Chronicles 7:1
“Now when Solomon had finished praying, fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices, and the glory of the Lord filled the house.
It was when Solomon had finished praying that fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering.The glory of the Lord filled the house of the Lord and the people bowed down with their faces to the ground and worshiped the Lord.
If we desire to see the manifestation of our prayers, let us not put a time limit. It’s not the amount of time that determines if we have prayed through, but the Spirit of God. Solomon prayed until the Spirit of God had released him, he knew he was finished.
What happened after Solomon prayed?
🔥 Fire came down and consumed the offerings.
If we pray through until we finish, the fire of the Holy Spirit can fill our Churches. We don't need gimmicks and entertainment to fill the pews.
🔥 If we pray through until we finish the glory of the Lord will fill the church and the market place. The smoke was so thick with the glory of God after Solomon prayed, that the priests could not minister.
🔥 If we pray through until we finish we will worship in truth and spirit, bowing down to the ground like never before, without working into an emotional frenzy.
Dear Child of God, let us pray until we finish and touch heaven so that the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of God, Habbakuk 2:14.
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