“Now arise, O Lord God, and come to your resting place…” (2 Chronicles 6:41).
The people of Israel had a firm belief in the presence of God in the tabernacle, and now in the temple. Even though Solomon had the wisdom to know that the fullness of God could never be contained in a building, he still asked that God be present in the temple.
Prayer is no longer dependent upon a building! When the curtain in the temple was torn in two at Jesus’ death (Mark 15:38), we were given free access to speak with God directly. The curtain that separated the Holy Place from the Most Holy Place was torn, indicating that we may now enter God’s very presence. Our sins no longer have to separate us from God’s presence. When we asked Jesus to be Savior and Lord of our lives, we became the temple that God dwells in. After Solomon’s dedication prayer, the shekinah glory of God came over the temple. The same thing happened on the Day of Pentecost as the Holy Spirit came to make his home in the believers: “They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them” (Acts 2:3). The fire was a symbol of His divine presence. Jesus made the way for us to communicate directly with the Father by the power of the Holy Spirit dwelling in us.
I praise you Lord, for the awesome fact of your indwelling presence in my life. Help me to never forget this amazing truth.
–Adapted from Pray like the King: Lessons from the Prayers of Israel’s Kings by David and Kim Butts. This book is available at prayershop.org. Use the code CONPSP3 at checkout to receive an additional 10% discount on the book.
Praise God for his holiness (Ex. 15:11). Thank him for calling you to live a life of holiness through the power of the Holy Spirit. Confess contentment with areas of your life that do not reflect God’s holiness. Commit yourself to avoiding anything that “contaminates body and spirit” (2 Cor. 7:1). Ask God to give you a daily desire to obey his command to “be holy, because I am holy” (Lev. 11:45).
Thank God for the leaders in your congregation. Ask that they would be committed to personal holiness. Pray also for their marriages and families.
–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend.