The other day, I was reading through the the Dedication of Solomon’s Temple.
With the temple completed, and all Israel assembled, Solomon, knelt down and began to pray.
The greatest and wisest king on earth, knelt down before the One who holds the earth in His hands. The One who with just a breath, gave life to the first man.
As Solomon knelt, he began to pray what is now known today as one of the greatest prayers in the Bible.
It also has one of the greatest answers.
When God heard his prayer, He responded with fire coming down, and the very presence of God manifesting Itself, filling the temple with Glory.
When you stop and think about it, its powerful. What a scene it must have been!
But it wasn’t enough. No, it wasn’t enough for God.
He had to speak to Solomon, face to face. He had something to tell him.
In II Chronicles 7:12, Holy Scriptures state: “Then the Lord appeared to Solomon by night, and said to him: “I have heard your prayer.”
And then God made a powerful statement, a reminder, for you and me.
2 Chronicles 7:14 “If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”
If My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves.
Notice the key word there. Humble.
That’s when it hit me. Solomon’s prayer was answered. No, it wasn’t just answered. It was answered.
Solomon understood the concept of humbleness. He sought His face, through prayer, with a humble spirit. In his prayer, he humbly seeks God’s face. He humbly asks for forgives for himself, and for all the people.
And that’s the point. Solomon’s prayer was answered because of his humbleness. He didn’t pray with arrogance, as he might, since he was a king. He didn’t pray with self-righteousness. Even though he could have. After all, he did build the most glorious temple on the face of the planet, for God.
But he didn’t.
He prayed in humbleness. He cried out to God.
If only we seek His face, just like Solomon did. If only we pray, in humbleness.
Then He will hear from Heaven. He will heal our land.
“If you seek Him, He will be found by you;” I Chronicles 28:9