Two Talents

Faith-based expressions of a Christian.

Praying for the nation

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I hope all Christians pray for the nation in which they live; for the leaders and the people. At the dedication of the new temple, Solomon prayed for Israel. It is a wonderful, robust prayer.

30″Listen to the supplication of Your servant and of Your people Israel, when they pray toward this place; hear in heaven Your dwelling place; hear and forgive.

31″If a man sins against his neighbor and is made to take an oath, and he comes and takes an oath before Your altar in this house,

32then hear in heaven and act and judge Your servants, condemning the wicked by bringing his way on his own head and justifying the righteous by giving him according to his righteousness.

33″When Your people Israel are defeated before an enemy, because they have sinned against You, if they turn to You again and confess Your name and pray and make supplication to You in this house,

34then hear in heaven, and forgive the sin of Your people Israel, and bring them back to the land which You gave to their fathers.

35″When the heavens are shut up and there is no rain, because they have sinned against You, and they pray toward this place and confess Your name and turn from their sin when You afflict them,

36then hear in heaven and forgive the sin of Your servants and of Your people Israel, indeed, teach them the good way in which they should walk And send rain on Your land, which You have given Your people for an inheritance.

37″If there is famine in the land, if there is pestilence, if there is blight or mildew, locust or grasshopper, if their enemy besieges them in the land of their cities, whatever plague, whatever sickness there is,

38whatever prayer or supplication is made by any man or by all Your people Israel, each knowing the affliction of his own heart, and spreading his hands toward this house;

39then hear in heaven Your dwelling place, and forgive and act and render to each according to all his ways, whose heart You know, for You alone know the hearts of all the sons of men,

40that they may fear You all the days that they live in the land which You have given to our fathers.

41″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,

43hear 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.

44″When Your people go out to battle against their enemy, by whatever way You shall send them, and they pray to the LORD toward the city which You have chosen and the house which I have built for Your name,

45then hear in heaven their prayer and their supplication, and maintain their cause.

46″When they sin against You (for there is no man who does not sin) and You are angry with them and deliver them to an enemy, so that they take them away captive to the land of the enemy, far off or near;

47if they take thought in the land where they have been taken captive, and repent and make supplication to You in the land of those who have taken them captive, saying, ‘We have sinned and have committed iniquity, we have acted wickedly’;

48if they return to You with all their heart and with all their soul in the land of their enemies who have taken them captive, and pray to You toward their land which You have given to their fathers, the city which You have chosen, and the house which I have built for Your name;

49then hear their prayer and their supplication in heaven Your dwelling place, and maintain their cause,

50and forgive Your people who have sinned against You and all their transgressions which they have transgressed against You, and make them objects of compassion before those who have taken them captive, that they may have compassion on them

51(for they are Your people and Your inheritance which You have brought forth from Egypt, from the midst of the iron furnace),

52that Your eyes may be open to the supplication of Your servant and to the supplication of Your people Israel, to listen to them whenever they call to You.

53″For You have separated them from all the peoples of the earth as Your inheritance, as You spoke through Moses Your servant, when You brought our fathers forth from Egypt, O Lord GOD.” {1 Kings 8:30-53 NASB}

Sadly, Solomon ended up committing some serious sins, primarily idolatry. How could someone who could pray this fantastic prayer, and who was said by God to be wiser than anyone who preceeded him or would follow him, engage in idolatry? God even warned him to stop in one of Solomon’s dreams, yet he continued. What happened?

This is only speculation on my part but I suspect that he grew apathetic and soft in his lofty position. The man had 700 wives and 300 concubines for crying out loud, and God had granted Israel peace during Solomon’s reign (most of it anyway). How could a man whose heart yearned for God and who was so brilliant become so….stupid and idolatrous? The same way it can happen to us. I don’t need immense wealth, power, privilege and 1,000 women to fall to the trappings that Solomon did. It could happen to anyone, regardless of their standing. In fact, it has happend to this nation. The United States has become quite a wicked nation. Drugs, immorality, legal abortion, crime, and so on. We commit idolatry in a wide variety of ways and this nation most surely needs our prayer. It may be too late for the United States to ever become a godly nation, led by godly men and women, but without prayer it’s an assured fate. Maybe the only thing holding this nation together is prayer.

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Written by Shawn

March 8, 2006 at 4:02 pm

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  1. Thank you for putting that into words!

    If you’re a crackpot, then so am I.. and my family.. and all of our friends!! Blessings galore, Suz (http://suzsays.wordpress.com/)

    suzsays

    April 10, 2006 at 10:09 pm


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