When Solomon Prayed for the Gentiles


This morning I read the prayer of Solomon when he dedicated the temple of God in Jerusalem. I’ve read this probably once a year for the past twenty years, but this morning it held new meaning, especially since I am now near the very place where this occurred:

“Also concerning the foreigner who is not of Your people Israel, when he comes from a far country for Your name’s sake 42 (for they will hear of Your great name and Your mighty hand, and of Your outstretched arm); when he comes and prays toward this house, 43 hear in heaven Your dwelling place, and do according to all for which the foreigner calls to You, in order that all the peoples of the earth may know Your name, to fear You, as do Your people Israel, and that they may know that this house which I have built is called by Your name” – 1 Kings 8:41-43

Here I am 3,000 years later, apparently I and so many of you—as the very object of Solomon’s thoughts on that day.

I have heard of His great Name, the Name above every name: Yeshua/Jesus, His mighty hand, and of His outstretched arm (cf. Isa. 52:10 – 53:12). I’ll be meditating on this this week: Lord, what would you have me pray for, KNOWING that You will hear in heaven Your dwelling place, and You will do according to all for which this foreigner calls to You?


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