Leading By Example

 Then Solomon stood before the altar of the Lord in front of the entire community of Israel, and he lifted his hands in prayer. 2 Chronicles 6:12 NLT

St. Therese of Lisieux said, “Prayer is a surge of the heart, it is a simple look turned toward heaven, it is a cry of recognition and of love, embracing both trial and joy.” What made Solomon break out into prayer? His father, David, loved the Lord and wanted to build the Temple.  But the Lord told him, ‘You wanted to build the Temple to honor my name. Your intention is good,  but you are not the one to do it. One of your own sons will build the Temple to honor me.’” ( 8-9) Solomon was the son to build the Temple and it was a day of joy.

He prayed, “O Lord, God of Israel, there is no God like you in all of heaven and earth. You keep your covenant and show unfailing love to all who walk before you in wholehearted devotion.  You have kept your promise to your servant David, my father. You made that promise with your own mouth, and with your own hands you have fulfilled it today.”(14-15) Solomon was not asking for anything instead he was giving thanks to God. So many times the only time we call upon the Lord is when there is a need. At that time, we are attending prayer meeting and asking others to join us in prayer. When God answers prayer, we fail to offer a prayer of thanksgiving. When God answered prayer, the king gave thanks publicly. We should do likewise.

 Thought for Today: Grateful hearts offer praise and thanksgiving to God.

Have a blessed day and walk in faith and victory.

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