Standing in the Gap
Jesus, thank You that You are our King who stands and intercedes for us.
1 Kings 8:22-30
Where do you put your hope when you are in need?
We're still with Solomon and the people of Israel in the Temple on the day of its dedication, but now the king turns from recounting what has happened to praying for his people.
Imagine you were reading this in exile, in Babylon, many generations later. That is probably when 1 and 2 Kings were compiled. What would strike you about Solomon's prayer?
First would be the fact that on the very day that the Temple was dedicated, the king affirmed that God could not be confined to one place (27). Heaven is his true dwelling place (30). In exile, that would assure you that even though the Temple had been destroyed, prayer was still possible. God was still there for his people, to respond to their prayers.
Second, Solomon's prayer reminds you that the Lord is always ready to forgive (30). His forgiveness is available to all his people. The exile need not be the end. Where the Lord is, there is hope.
As a "royal priesthood" (1 Pet. 2:9), we, too, have a responsibility to "stand in the gap." Be faithful to intercede.
Thank You, Lord, that because I come in the name of Jesus, I can stand before You on behalf of those who need You.
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