David, Solomon and Elijah – the fire from heaven consumed their sacrifices! The Glory filled the temple, just as He did at the dedication of the Tabernacle in the wilderness. John tells us that Jesus is the Glory! John 1:14 We should always be a little afraid of the Lord and treat Him and His with reverential respect.
“Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayer that is made in this place.”
What an answer Solomon (and the people) received from the Lord. He replied in kind, as Solomon had prayed. If the people came to Him in humility, seeking His face, He would hear from heaven.
And what about this, that He would be attentive to the prayer that is made in this place!
I’m excited, because of all that we’ve been wrestling with over these last few readings.
For us, “this place” is not a physical building, a temple made with bricks and mortar, stone and curtain.
We have Jesus as our intercessor, and we are living stones, being made into a house for the Lord! His Spirit is with us, attentive to our cries.
We read this in Romans 8, and it’s an awesome truth for us to grasp hold of, “For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.”
What a wonderful helper we have in prayer, in meeting with God, that He is attentive to what we pray (regardless of physical location)!