Pray Toward the Temple, Part Two

“When Your people go out to battle against their enemies, in the way that You send them, and when 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 plea and act for their cause.

2 Chronicles 6:34–35 — Modern English Version (Thinline Edition.; Lake Mary, FL: Passio, 2014)

When Israel is called to fight their enemies, God will lead. The people are to pray to God seeking Him to act for their cause. This, even in light of God calling them to battle.

“When they sin against You (for there is no one who does not sin) and You are angry against them and give them to their enemies, and they are taken captive to a land, whether distant or near, and they turn their hearts in the land that they have been taken captive, and they repent and seek Your favor in the land of captivity saying, ‘We have sinned, done wrong, and acted wickedly,’ and if they turn in repentance to You with all their heart and all their soul in the land of their captivity that they were taken to, and pray toward the land that You have given to their fathers, and toward the city that You have chosen, and toward the house that I have built for Your name, then hear from heaven, from Your dwelling place, their prayer and supplication, and maintain their cause, and forgive the people who have sinned against You.

2 Chronicles 6:36–39 — Modern English Version (Thinline Edition.; Lake Mary, FL: Passio, 2014)

Note the same truth taught here, that Paul taught in Romans. There isn’t one person who doesn’t sin. That means there is not one person who doesn’t need to seek God for forgiveness. I would also extend that to mean there is not one person that doesn’t have to forgive, too.

We must remember to keep our hearts pointed toward God.

There is something else. As we encountered prophetic statements earlier, we come to another that is more than likely prophetic.

For thousands of years, the nation of Israel has been scattered. We hear talk about the “ten lost tribes.” These were the northern portion of the kingdom of Israel after the split into Israel and Judah. Israel was eventually taken away captive and scattered. Judah remained.

Solomon is making statements that look forward to Jesus yet again, the King of Kings coming to take His throne. He will rule over all tribes of Israel from Jerusalem.

Jewish people have never stopped praying for Hod to remember them. I have had the opportunity to accidentally overhear the wailing prayers in a local synagogue. It was a bit disconcerting, and I can remember scoffing in my mind at the time. As I remember Jesus compared the private prayers of the publican with the outlandish public ones of the Pharisee. That memory of hearing them come from the dark inside of that synagogue has always stayed with me, and it comes to light now.

Jewish people have been praying for thousands of years in the diaspora. Even when they keep Pesach (Passover,) they end the meal by singing L’Shana Haba’ah B’Yerushalayim. It means next year in Jerusalem. It is prophetic worship sung by millions of people every year.

Being alive in these times is wondrous. This generation has been the one to observe the regathering of the people to the land of Israel. We have watched a nation born in a day. And Solomon is looking forward to our time and already asking God to forgive them.

The Prophecy of the Anointed King

Blessed be he that comes in the name of the Lord:
we have blessed you out of the house of the Lord.

Psalm 118:26 — Modern English Version (Thinline Edition.; Lake Mary, FL: Passio, 2014)

Prophecy is a pattern given. We see the pattern practiced in life. And eventually, the real pattern is played out.

It is the same here. This is the prayer that welcomed Jesus on that first Palm Sunday. It will also be the prayer that welcomes Him back to Earth to take the throne of David as promised.

“You will not lack a man sitting on the throne of Israel before Me(.)” This was cited in part one. And is one of the continuing themes in this prayer.

“Now, O my God, may Your eyes be open and Your ears attentive to the prayer that I offer in this place.
“Now rise up, O Lord God, to Your resting place, both You and the ark of Your strength. And let Your priests, O Lord God, be clothed in salvation and Your loyal ones rejoice in goodness. O Lord God, do not turn Your face from Your anointed.
Remember the mercies of Your servant David.”

2 Chronicles 6:40–42 — Modern English Version (Thinline Edition.; Lake Mary, FL: Passio, 2014)

Solomon closes his dedication prayer by citing Psalm 142:8–10. W we are again catapulted forward toward future events.

God will remember the mercies of David, His servant. As is written in the Psalm, this points to the future Anointed King, Jesus.

Note: An encouragement to do further study. 1 Kings 8:22–53 also records this dedication. There are some differences. As an exercise for yourself, compare the two and see what God might show you.

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