Finally, the magnificent temple of Jerusalem is completed with all its beauty—a sacred place for worship with so many precious objects. Let’s join all the people entering the temple for the first time and see what happens. We find Solomon leading the people in a prayer that you and I can pray for our lives and the lives of those we love. The attention is totally directed to God and God’s greatness and favor.
Solomon doesn’t pat himself on the back and say to God, “What a great job I did!” No, he prays, “What a great God you are!” Solomon rejoices in God who keeps His promises. When we come to the part of the prayer from verse 28, what is the word that best describes what Solomon asks for? It repeats rather often: can you find it?
When we come to the section of the reading from verse 54, we find Solomon blessing the people at the end of his prayer. I invite you to say this prayer with faith and power on behalf of your family and for those who suffer greatly in our world.
Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer from today’s reading:
Blessed be God who gives rest. v. 56
For more information about this creative way to pray, see Bible Breaths.
This is the sixth of thirteen weeks in the season of Pentecost, Year B
Tuesdays are dedicated to Hebrew History and “The Writings.” For the rest of this season, we read 1 Kings.
These Firestarters are from a new edition of The Bible Through the Seasons being developed for families with children. For the Firestarters in the original edition, I recommend the ebook. You will have the entire program of well over a thousand Firestarters with you on your phone or tablet. More information…