David’s royal officials blessed Solomon. “May your God make . . . Solomon’s reign be even greater than yours (1 Kings 1:47).”
During the lifetime of Solomon, all of Judah and Israel lived in peace and safety. . . They were very contented, with plenty to eat and drink (from 1 Kings 4:20-25).
Prayers of blessing are powerful.
Benaiah told David, “May the Lord be with Solomon as he has been with you, my lord the king, and may he make Solomon’s reign even greater than yours (1 Kings 1:37).”
When God said, “What do you want? Ask, and I will give it to you” Solomon asked for wisdom (1 Kings 3:5,10).
One man’s blessing led to another man’s prayer.
“Sin separates man from the holy God . . . communion with God is possible only for those who approach him through an appropriate sacrifice.”*
That’s why we pray in the name of Jesus.
*General Editors: Michael Rydelnik, Michael Vanlaningham, The Moody Bible Commentary, p. 182.
First, Solomon built the temple. Next, the entire community sacrificed countless animals (1 Kings 6:38; 8:5). “In these sacrifices the worshiper expressed his inferiority to God and unworthiness to approach Him without due recognition of his sin.”*
Then Solomon prayed (1 Kings 8:12).
We pray because Jesus sacrificed his life for us.
*General Editors: Michael Rydelnik and Michael Vanlaningham, The Moody Bible Commentary, p. 180-181.
Ask the Lord to devise a way to bring them back to Him. (That’s not too hard for God. Jesus Christ already conquered sin and death.)
God does not just sweep life away; instead, he devises ways to bring us back when we have been separated from him (2 Samuel 14:14).
When faced with his son’s conspiracy and rebellion, David prayed, “O Lord, let Ahithophel give Absalom foolish advice (2 Samuel 15:31).”
But then he got a different idea. He asked Hushai to counter Ahithophel’s good advice. And that’s how the Lord restored David’s kingdom (from 2 Samuel 17:14).
Prayer is a process. You don’t have to figure everything out before you talk to God. He will listen and do what is best.
Because God’s way is perfect (2 Samuel 22:31), we can pray, “Do what seems best to You (inspired by 2 Samuel 15:26).”
That’s another way to pray, “Your will be done (Matthew 6:10).”