“Solomon knelt on his knees in the presence of all the assembly of Israel, and spread out his hands toward heaven, and said, ‘O Lord, God of Israel, there is no God like you, in heaven or on earth, keeping covenant and showing steadfast love to your servants who walk before you with all their heart... You spoke with your mouth, and with your hand have fulfilled it this day. Now therefore, O Lord, God of Israel, keep what you have promised [David], saying, “You shall not lack a man to sit before me on the throne of Israel, if only your sons pay close attention to their way, to walk in my law as you have walked before me.” Now therefore, O Lord, let your word be confirmed, which you have spoken to your servant David.’
“‘If your people go out to battle against their enemies, by whatever way you shall send them, and they pray to you toward this city that you have chosen and the house that I have built for your name, then hear from heaven their prayer and their plea, and maintain their cause. If they sin against you—for there is no one who does not sin—and you are angry with them and give them to an enemy, so that they are carried away captive to a land far or near… if they repent with all their heart and with all their soul,.. then hear from heaven your dwelling place their prayer and their pleas, and maintain their cause and forgive your people who have sinned against you. Now, O my God, let your eyes be open and your ears attentive to the prayer of this place.’” 2 Chronicles 6:13-17,34-36,38-40
Solomon’s remarkable prayer in dedication of the temple is a pleading based on the promises and person of God. His own posture and stated position before the uncontainable Almighty is humble, yet his prayer is lofty and magnificent because of the enthroned One to Whom it was directed. His confidence? That God would maintain His people’s cause. The Rock, the Holy One, in any stumble, any battle, would uphold the sovereign cause of His people, and always make a way for His light and deliverance unto His ultimate purposes.
He does the same for us, and we can pray with assurance that His cause will prevail because His throne cannot be shaken. What He has purposed for us will come to pass. He keeps His word, and we can trust Him to maintain His particular plan in each of our lives. (Proverbs 19:21; Isaiah 46:9-11)
Is there a behavior we have let slide, or a pattern of thinking that has strayed from God’s plumb? Would I turn back to Him? What present conundrum disturbs, or anticipated future challenge looms ahead, that should drive me to my knees and pray that God will maintain His will through it? Though we may wander, and circumstances change, though loved ones veer off course, and suffering abounds, God will always hear our earnest cries and work good for His own. (Psalm 51:1-4; Romans 8:28)
Good Father, I spread my hands to offer my pleas and receive Your blessed assurance that You will maintain Your cause in all things.