Updated: Jan 26, 2021
TOPIC: THE HOUSE OF PRAYER
TEXT: 1KINGS 8:31-40
The temple was a place for worshipping God and a house of prayer. It was a place for seeking God in prayer, meting out justice, seeking forgiveness from sins, pleading for natural blessings like rain or asking for mercy against disasters and plagues. Interestingly, King Solomon foresaw the possibility of God not answering the prayers of all people but only of those whose hearts were right before God. This principle is applicable till date and God really knows all our hearts! Psalm 66:16-19 says: "Come and listen, all you who fear God; let me tell you what he has done for me. I cried out to him with my mouth; his praise was on my tongue. If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened; but God has surely listened and heard my voice in prayer" God will listen to and answer our prayers only when our hearts are right before Him. And there is no way we can hide the real state of our hearts from God or deceive Him because He sees our very hearts.
Is your heart right before God?