Friday, March 21, 2014

Preparing for Easter ~ Place of Prayer

[Lord, You have been our dwelling place in all generations…from everlasting to everlasting  Psalm 90:1-2  
During this season of reflection and renewal, join me, and let's explore God’s Presence, our dwelling place.
Are you dwelling in the presence of God? ~ Donna Howell Oswalt]



"Now the LORD has fulfilled His promise that He made. For I have risen in the place of David my father, and sit on the throne of Israel, as the LORD promised, and I have built the house for the name of the LORD, the God of Israel. 1 Kings 8:20 ESV

In Solomon's Prayer to dedicate the Temple, he proclaims that there is no other God, reminding Israel to walk in obedience with the one true God. Solomon exalts God's faithfulness, acknowledging He is without limits, both near and far, present and infinite. But will God indeed dwell on the earth? Behold, heaven and the highest heaven cannot contain You; how much less this house that I have built! Solomon's words demonstrate his understanding that God's presence is not just in the Temple; God chooses to dwell among His people.

Giving a variety of concerns the people can bring to God, Solomon dedicates the Temple to be a place of prayer, a place that God's invisible presence dwells as He listens to the prayers of His people, a place where God's name is to be honored. God relentlessly loves His people. Infinite God, my prayers rise like incense. You hear them wherever I am when I shout in frustration, tremble in fear, groan in desperation, whisper in doubt, argue in rebellion, weep in regret. Count me alive in Christ. Hear the prayers of all who call on the name of the true God. ~ dho

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