As we conclude our exploration of Solomon’s prayer of dedication for the temple, we’ve returned multiple times to our failures and need for forgiveness. Solomon also speaks of justice. How do we balance justice and mercy?
As we continue to explore the prayer dedicating the temple, what does that prayer reveal about its purpose? Was the temple merely a way to encourage Israel’s worship of the Lord or did God direct them (and us) towards something more?
Solomon prayed for victory, but does his prayer mean whatever “victories” we want are just a prayer away?
Failure and forgiveness. It’s in the center of Solomon’s temple prayer and it is in the center of our actions and God’s response to them.