Assignment to Pray
Election 2014 is over. But is it really? Politics is like a roller coaster. The party which is up will soon be down. Is there anything that the Lord requires of us His children to do between elections? I believe we are called to pray for those whom we have elected that they might recognize their authority is from the Lord. King Solomon is the perfect example of a man who humbled himself before the world and cried out to the Lord for his people.
In 1034 BC Solomon finished the construction of the Temple, the House of the Lord, in Jerusalem. It took seven years to be completed and its dedication occurred during the Feast of Tabernacles, when all the Israelites from around the world came together in Jerusalem.
I wish that I had adequate words to paint the picture of that glorious day of dedication. Read 2 Chronicles 5-7.
The Temple had been built to house the ark of the covenant containing, at that time, only the ten commandments of Moses. The ark had been kept in the City of David, and now on this day, the Levites and Priests in procession brought the ark of the covenant of the Lord into the Holy of Holies and placed it beneath the wings of the cherubim.
King Solomon and all the congregation of Israel who were assembled with him before the ark sacrificed so many sheep and oxen that they could not be counted.
Thousands were blowing trumpets, playing cymbals, harps, and lyres in unison with the singers and they were heard as “one voice” praising the Lord saying, “He is good for His chesed, His lovingkindness is everlasting.” Then the Temple was filled with a cloud, for the glory of the Lord had filled the house of the Lord.
It was then, at that time, that King Solomon, in humility, knelt on his knees in the presence of all the assembly of Israel and spread out his hands toward heaven and prayed out loud. Contrast this picture to our elected officials of today.
Solomon prayed for the Lord’s eyes to be open day and night to listen to the cry and prayers of His people, to hear and to forgive them, to judge and punish His enemies, to justify the righteous, to discipline His people when they had sinned, by not sending rain, or sending famine, pestilence, locust, or enemies to overtake them, but then to hear and receive their repentance. When Solomon finished praying, fire came down from heaven and consumed the sacrifices and the glory of the Lord filled the House.
The Lord was so pleased with Solomon’s prayers that He directly answered Solomon just as He answers us in 2 Chronicles 7:14,
“If my people which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”
The Lord’s eyes are open and His ears attentive to the prayer offered in that place.
We are His people. In the Spirit we can be in that place, in the presence of the Lord. We can no longer ignore this assignment of prayer.