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 of Israel 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 forgive their sin.
And then deeper still, the Lord states clearly that He would be attentive to the prayer that is made in this place.
For Israel at this time, “this place” was a temple building made with bricks and mortar, stone and curtain.
But for us! For us “this place” is not a physical building – No!
We have Messiah, Jesus Christ, God the Son, as our intercessor – And we are living stones, being made into a house for the Lord! His Spirit is attentive to our cries – Because in Christ we are “this place”!
In Romans 8 we read,
“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 our prayers, in meeting with God – And a firm hope, that He is attentive to what we pray when we pray in faith through His Spirit.
* Father God,
Thank You for Jesus – Through whom we are being built up, a place where You dwell, Your Spirit within us.
Please fix our eyes on You this day Lord.
Please hear our cry, we cast our cares and anxieties on You today Lord.
Please forgive us Lord, forgive us for our sin. Wash us clean today from the muck and grime of the world, and of our own word, deed and thought that is not of You.