The prayer that heals

Nearly three thousand years ago, a man lifted up his arms before a congregation of people and prayed. The man was Solomon, and the occasion was the completion of the great temple, the house of the Lord.

The graphic account that follows in I Kings illustrates an approach to prayer. Solomon started his prayer by declaring, "There is no God like thee, in heaven above, or on earth beneath." He went on to acknowledge God's presence and to ask for the fulfillment of the people's righteous petitions. In his benediction that followed the prayer, he asked God to incline the hearts of the people to keep God's commandments and statutes. He asked that his prayer be constantly before the Lord, to maintain the cause of himself and his people as the occasion should demand, "that all the people of the earth may know that the Lord is God, and that there is none else." I Kings 8:23, 60.

Within—not "out there"
April 22, 1985

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