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The Prayer of Solomon (Daily Portion 10502)

Content Author: 
Reagan, David
Scripture Passage: 
2 Chronicles 6:1-21

This chapter records the prayer of King Solomon at the dedication of the newly built Temple in Jerusalem. This portion deals with his approach unto God and the beginning of his prayer. Solomon first blessed the congregation and then blessed the name of the Lord. Then, He reminded the Lord of promises yet to be kept. We can learn much from the prayer of Solomon.

What Does It Say?

  1. Solomon declared, “I have built an house of __________ for thee, and a place for thy ___________ for ever.”
  2. Solomon quoted the Lord as saying, “I have chosen ___________, that my name might be there; and have chosen _________ to be over my people Israel.”
  3. Solomon stood before the _______ of the LORD in the presence of all the __________ of Israel.
  4. Solomon stood on a brazen _________ of five cubits long, five cubits broad, and _______ cubits high.
  5. The heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot _________ the Lord; how much less the _________ that Solomon built.

What Does It Mean?

  1. Solomon declared, “The LORD hath said that he would dwell in the thick darkness” (2 Chronicles 6:1). Compare this verse with the following references: Exodus 20:21; Leviticus 16:2; Deuteronomy 4:11; Psalm 18:11; Psalm 97:2. After considering these verses, tell what you think the significance is of God dwelling in thick darkness. What was its purpose? What does it teach us about God?
  2. In 2 Chronicles 6:14, Solomon stated, “there is no God like thee in the heaven, nor in the earth.” Why is God like no other god? What reasons are given in this verse for the distinction of God above all others? What does this mean to us?
  3.  2 Chronicles 6:20-21 refers to prayers prayed “toward this place.” Compare with 1Kings 8:35 and Daniel 6:10 and explain what this means. Why do you think this was encouraged?

What Does It Mean to Me?

  1. According to 2 Chronicles 6:7-9, David wanted to build a house for the Lord (the temple), but the Lord did not allow him to do so. Yet God told him, “thou didst well in that it was in thine heart” (2 Chronicles 6:8). In fact, God was so pleased with this desire that He in turn promised a continuation of David’s house or dynasty (2 Samuel 7:11). In 2Corinthians 8:3-5, Paul praises the Macedonian Christians for first giving of themselves to the Lord before they gave of their funds for the needs of others. Again, the heart is preeminent. Why is this so with God? Why does He look mainly on the heart (1 Samuel 16:7)? What does the Lord see when He looks at your heart?
  2. When Solomon prayed unto the Lord, he reminded Him of his promise to preserve the house of David (that is, the dynastic line of David’s descendants as kings over Israel). In doing so, Solomon quoted God’s word to God and then added, “let thy word be verified” (2 Chronicles 6:17). Many of the prayers in the Bible quote scripture back to God (for instance, Ezra 9:10-11 and Acts 4:24-26). Why is this practice such an important way to approach God in prayer? What are some ways in which we can put this into practice in our own prayer lives?

Suggested Memory Verses

2 Chronicles 6:1, 6, 17

David Reagan
Daily Proverb

Proverbs 22:25

Lest thou learn his ways, and get a snare to thy soul.