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October 2, 2020

Hear Our Prayers

“Yet have regard to the prayer of your servant and to his plea, O LORD my God, listening to the cry and to the prayer that your servant prays before you this day.” (1 Kings 8:28)

This verse is part of a prayer that King Solomon prayed during the dedication of the temple in Jerusalem that God allowed him to build. Hundreds of years earlier, Moses had the “tent of Meeting” constructed in the wilderness and the people worshipped there. “All the work of the tabernacle of the tent of meeting was finished, and the people of Israel did according to all that the Lord had commanded Moses; so they did” (Exodus 39:32).

Now Solomon prayed and dedicated the Temple, which became the first permanent place of worship for Israel. Look carefully at this part of his dedication prayer and consider how you could pray this each day as you dedicate yourself to the Lord. Solomon asked the Lord to hear him, “have regard to my prayer.” 

We should plead with God each day for Him to hear and help us. Look at some prayers from the Psalms:

“May the Lord answer you in the day of trouble! May the name of the God of Jacob protect you!” (Psalm 20:1).

“Hear my cry, O God, listen to my prayer” (Psalm 61:1).

“Give ear, O Lord, to my prayer; listen to my plea for grace” (Psalm 86:6).

Think about your prayers. Do you just take it for granted that the Lord is going to hear you? Or do we plead with Him and ask Him to hear you like the psalmist did in these verses. I am afraid many times we come to the Lord forgetting that He is the Great I Am, the creator of all things. The amazing thing is that He does hear us!

“Fear God and give him glory and worship him who made heaven and earth, the sea and the springs of water” (Revelation 14:7).

Question: Do you cry out to God each day to hear your prayers?

Challenge: Examine your prayers and ask God to help you pray in ways that please Him.

Prayer: Jesus, thank You for listening to my prayers. May a continue to cry out to You for mercy and grace.

Jack Hughes, Chapel Leader -- Phillies Spring Training

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