When King Solomon dedicated the temple he prayed, “When a foreigner comes from a far country, for your name’s sake . . . and prays toward this house, 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 and fear you (1 Kings 8:41-43).”
People who know of Solomon’s prayer come from all over come to pray at the Wailing Wall; some tuck their prayers into the wall. God sees them. He hears.
But as we left the Wailing Wall, I felt grateful that God answers prayers no matter where we are. You don’t have to travel to Jerusalem to pray.
No purpose of God’s can be thwarted (from Job 42:2).
Pray like this: Your will be done (Matthew 6:10).
I like to start my days with Bible reading and prayer, so when my grandchildren visit I invite them to join me. One morning Talia (she’s three) and I read how Jesus calmed the storm after the disciples cried out to him in fear (read the story in Matthew 8:23-27).
I asked Talia, “What do you do when you’re afraid?”
Without hesitation, she answered, “I pray to Jesus.”
I often check my iPhone health app to see how many steps I’ve taken. (My record so far is 21,932 steps.)
So I paused to reflect when I read this: “Does not he see my ways and number all my steps?” (Job 31:3).
I’m learning to check in with God to see if my steps and my ways have pleased him.
People often comment about her joy. It’s genuine.
Her secret? She prays, confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living (Psalm 27:13).
Happy Birthday, Anneliese!
A petitioner brought his petition to the Prince, who sent him away with silence.*
If I regard wickedness in my heart, the Lord will not hear (Psalm 66:18).
*adapted from John Bunyan, The Holy War, p. 161.
Give God thanks, with all your heart.
I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds (Psalm 9:1).
Then tell your friends what He has done!