Meditate with Power!
The King and the Nation Pray!
II Chronicles 7:12 Then the Lord appeared to Solomon by night, and said to him: “I have heard your prayer, and have chosen this place for Myself as a house of sacrifice.
Meditate on God’s Word! The prayer of Solomon was so powerful, God responded directly to the nation as He will respond to our nation today if we turn back to God. When Solomon finished praying, fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices, and the glory of the Lord filled the temple. The priests could not enter the temple of the Lord because the glory of the Lord filled it. II Chronicles 7:1-2 The temple was dedication, sacrifices for sin were made and the nation turned to God in praise. When all the Israelites saw the fire coming down and the glory of the Lord above the temple, they knelt on the pavement with their faces to the ground, and they worshiped and gave thanks to the Lord, saying, “He is good; His love endures forever.”4 Then the king and all the people offered sacrifices before the Lord. II Chronicles 7:3-4
For 22 days they worshipped and celebrated the goodness of God. So Solomon observed the festival at that time for seven days, and all Israel with him—a vast assembly, people from Lebo Hamath to the Wadi of Egypt. On the eighth day they held an assembly, for they had celebrated the dedication of the altar for seven days and the festival for seven days more. On the twenty-third day of the seventh month he sent the people to their homes, joyful and glad in heart for the good things the Lord had done for David and Solomon and for his people Israel. II Chronicles 7:8-11
So God responded to the nation. Then the Lord appeared to Solomon by night, and said to him: “I have heard your prayer, and have chosen this place for Myself as a house of sacrifice. When I shut up heaven and there is no rain, or command the locusts to devour the land, or send pestilence among My people, 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. 2 Chronicles 7:13-14 May we pray that there is a national repentance and turning back to God as we prepare to elect another President. This is the most important thing that we can do!