Week 21   Day 6

   

Solomon prayed for all people

            present and future

            who would seek the Lord

            by facing the temple in prayer  

 

An intercessor is one who

            pleads another person's case before God 

            lifting them up

            into God's attention and care 

 

Moses had done much intercessory work 

Now Solomon takes on that important role 

 

In our family we knew

            that our mother interceded

            for each of us daily 

When she died 

            I heard the concern 

            "What will happen to us now!" 

I suppose there was no need

            to be concerned 

She probably continues praying in heaven

            from a position

            a whole lot closer

            to the throne of grace

 

Sometimes I look at people

            and wonder if they have

            anybody praying for them 

The thought saddens me 

            and prompts me to pray

            for all those who have no one

            to pray for them 

 

There is good news in the New Testament  

            the apostle Paul tells us

            in Romans 8:26-27

            that the Holy Spirit prays for us! 

We are never forsaken.



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     You poor and oppressed:  Solomon prayed for you.
                                         II Chronicles 6

 

     13Then Solomon knelt down on his knees before all the

assembly of Israel, and spread out his hands toward heaven;

and said: 19"Regard the prayer of Your servant, O Lord my

God, 20that your eyes may be open toward this temple day

and night.  May you hear the supplications of Your people

when they pray toward this place.  Hear from heaven, Your

dwelling place, and when you hear, forgive.  

     22"If any one sins against his neighbor, and takes an oath

before Your altar in this temple, 23then hear from heaven,

and act, and judge Your servants, bringing retribution on the

wicked and justifying the righteous. 

     24"Or if Your people are defeated before an enemy because

they have sinned, and return and confess Your name, and pray

and make supplication before You in this temple, 25then hear

from heaven and forgive the sin and bring them back to the

land which You gave to them and their fathers.

     26"When the heavens are shut up and there is no rain,

27hear in heaven, and forgive the sin of Your people, that

You may teach them the good way in which they should walk;

and send rain on your land which You have given Your people.

     28"When there is famine in the land, pestilence or blight or

mildew, locusts or grasshoppers; when their enemies besiege

them in the land; whatever plague or whatever sickness there is;

29whatever prayer, whatever supplication is made by anyone,

when each one knows his own burden and his own grief, and

spreads out his hands to this temple; 30then hear from heaven

and forgive, and give to everyone according to all his ways,

whose heart You know, 31that they may walk in Your ways

as long as they live.

     32"Concerning a foreigner, when they come and pray in

this temple; 33then hear from heaven, that all people of the

earth may know Your name and fear You, and that they may

know that this temple is called by Your name.

     36"When your people sin against You (for there is no one

who does not sin), and You deliver them to the enemy, and

they take them captive to a land far or near; 37yet when they

come to themselves and repent,  and make supplication,

39then hear from heaven, and forgive Your people. 

     41"Now, I pray, let Your saints rejoice in goodness."
            This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV

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